Last Updated on 19th October 2013

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I abandoned the eternal search for the Little Black Dress years ago, getting a little bored with an item of clothing that never seems to have enough going on to satisfy my demanding and fanciful tastes. Well as they say, a watched pot never boils, and while my back has been turned Hannah Marshall has emerged as a designer to watch, with a shadowy army of quietly armoured LBDs marching enigmatically in her wake.

Her AW08 collection, “Code Black”, is a meditation on restrained colour and subtle communication. The architectural silhouettes which dominate at first soon give way to tactile details; armoured shoulders or softly pleated tulle that have their own secret story to tell.

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The incorporation of Braille into every garment in an enticing hallmark which creates an intimate communication between the garment and the wearer, bestowing a sense of power and control.

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Alluring in their mystery, it is this quiet integrity together with an inherent rock ‘n’ roll spirit that makes these Little Black Dresses compelling enough for even a magpie like me.

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