From Coco Chanel's first noir little number in '26 to Holly Golightly's unforgettable '60s Givenchy frock, the LBD holds rockstar status among all sartorial options (can you think of any other item worthy of its own acronym?). Its iconic status, timeless nature, and crisp elegance need no intro, which is why on a cluttered red carpet, it's so refreshing to see a pretty gal clad in simple black. That's why we've rounded up the ten ladies who looked most bangin' in all black, in 2011. And trust us, these nuanced noirs turned plenty of heads without overshadowing their owners' true beauty. After all, who wants a dress that wears her?
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