February 20, 2010 9:03:00 PM
Think Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany''s" as the minx becomes the young lover. Think Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, especially the pre-Onassis period. Think Jane Wyman descending the stairs of Falcon Crest as the grand dame of 1980s television or your own mother preparing for a country club luncheon with the girls.
Think Sarah Jessica Parker on "Sex and the City," Paris Hilton stepping out for a night on the town, or Taylor Swift at the Grammy awards in 6-inch heels. Fashion comes and fashion goes, but face it, one article never leaves us. It just reinvents itself across the decades and the icons, adorning queens, movie stars, executives, socialites and anything but average stay-at-home moms. The "little black dress" has proven itself the most irrepressible and versatile garment our culture has ever known.
While I have had the distinct privilege of guiding my mother on shopping sprees through Waldoff''s in Hattiesburg, my clients through Maison Weiss in Jackson, and my friend girls through Saks in New Orleans and on Fifth Avenue, living on the Southside now and hearing the tales of Ruth''s landmark Columbus store downtown, I regret that I didn''t get the privilege of shopping there with my nieces in what I understand was grand style indeed. These high-end bastions of class and style may come and go, but alas, the little black dress comes and stays.
You will not find much that Sarah Jessica Parker, Jackie Kennedy and Paris Hilton have in common, perhaps nothing except their love for fashion and style, New York City, and their distinctive takes on the little black dress. When a chiffon ball gown or a full-length mink is just a little too much, or your favorite jeans are not quite enough, remember the little black dress carried your grandmother anywhere she needed to go and will probably serve your granddaughter equally well ... timeless and always in grand style.
Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at email@example.com.
Hollie Turner commented at 2/21/2010 11:38:00 AM:
I love it David..
I had no idea that you could write this well.
Keep em' comin.
I think I'll work my "little black dress" this coming weekend :)
Rosaline Gonzalez commented at 2/21/2010 1:01:00 PM:
You are ze mosst inspirational writer for ze Deespatch. I love u Misser Creel.
Uhhh commented at 2/22/2010 10:34:00 AM:
Are these comments real? Every one of Mr Creel's stories have nothing but women talking about how great they are.
Jan commented at 2/22/2010 1:11:00 PM:
There is so much bad news in the world and so many things to make us feel worse about ourselves. I think a column that strives to make women laugh and feel better about ourselves is important, and that's a "real" comment!
Courtney commented at 2/22/2010 3:21:00 PM:
It never fails that SOMEONE has to be rude and negative towards something that is good. David- I appreciate your columns tremendously irregardless of what Uhhh thinks. Uhhh- exactly what did you expect? I'm curious to know if you expected MEN to comment these types of columns..about little black dresses. HA. Are you a man or a testosterone-filled woman who is trying her hardest to search out any femininity that could possibly be lingering around inside of herself? My question to you would be how do YOU look in a little black dress? More importantly, think before you speak! I believe this comment box is meant for people who have something positive and uplifitng to say to David. You and your comment is irrelevant.
Richelle commented at 2/23/2010 9:38:00 PM:
So apparently, you have read many of his columns to have been able to come to that conclusion......
RuPaul commented at 2/24/2010 1:44:00 PM:
Hey Courtney, are you one of David's "friend girls", or are you a friend boy. Never saw anyone rush to Adele's defense like this for the equally juvenile ramblings. Again, Birney really knows how to scrape the bottom of the barrell when it comes to journalism. I wish Harry Potter (Rachel Eide) would make another guest appearance in the Dispatch, hey it's cheaper than a bag of kitty litter!
Joanie commented at 2/24/2010 9:05:00 PM:
I love reading your columns, David. You breathe life into the newspaper and I am certainly happy, thrilled even, that the staff at the Dispatch recognizes true talent!! You are a Godsend to Columbus. Bravo!!!! Keep 'em coming.
Lyn commented at 2/24/2010 9:13:00 PM:
Wonderful read. I'm dusting off my little black dress. With any luck I can still fit into it after all the Girl Scout cookies I have been eating. LOVED IT David!!!!!!
Macy commented at 2/25/2010 7:36:00 AM:
Waldoffs was my favorite department store in Hattiesburg and I worked there during the summer when I was in college. It's wonderful to see that it touched others too. That store was an institution of fashion and a legendary beacon of style. Thanks for reminding us of that. I enjoy your stories very, very much.
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