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The black dress is a style staple, but this winter, the timeless classic has undergone a fashion facelift. From Kelly Osbourne's embellished dresses, Helen Mirren's lace gowns, to Lorde and Lily Allen's sequin BRITS numbers, the BD has never been more exciting. Here's how to make this hot trend work for you!
With her almost translucent skin, her fiery red hair and her voluptuous hourglass curves, the 'Mad Men' actress is the perfect pin up for Gothic beauty. Hendricks plays to her natural strengths here, emphasising her otherworldly appearance with a sheer shawl.
The svelte actress looks incredible in this dress by Valentino. The 37-year-old completes her look with matching black patent heels, an ebony clutch and smoky eye makeup.
The stylish pop star is the epitome of simple elegance in this floor-length sparkling gown. The '22' singer nods to old Hollywood glamour on the most important date in Tinseltown's calendar, the Oscars.
The actress has clearly been taking fashion tips from her evil 'Snow White and the Huntsman' character Ravenna in this Dior Haute Couture gown.
The 'August: Osage County' actress keeps her red carpet look simple with a cute flared top section with peplum detail.
We admire Britney's effort here, but this dress is too low cut and when combined with the heavy necklace the result is clunky rather than stylish.
The mother-of-two wows in this lovely black frock with a soft ruffled skirt.
Black is deeply flattering for any shape, and Kelly knows just how to glam up these elegant and simple dresses, by accessorising her look with gorgeous gold detailing and jewellery. The 29-year-old knows exactly what type of dress suits her incredible hourglass figure and the gold cape and embellished 80s power shoulders in these respective looks help draw and focus attention upwards.
Pop star of the moment Lorde is known for her Gothic style and her dark raven locks. She may only be 17-years-old, but the New Zealander showed us all how it's done when she opted for this amazing black number as she picked up the award Best International Female Award at the BRITs.
A full length black dress could drown a petite figure like Lily's but the 'Air Balloon' singer keeps her look fresh and light with lilac nails and a gold clutch bag to match her fabulous hair.
Queen Bey knows a thing or two about how to put on a show and this high collared, sparkly black dress is definitely high drama. The 'XO' singer makes the most of her fabulous curves and works up the stage in this glammed up LBD.
The 21-year-old supermodel looks like she's stepped straight out of Studio 54 in this low cut, billowing number with a slit up the leg. Cara keeps the dress age appropriate with her fun plaited hair style and pulling her usual trademark funny faces.
The model spices up her simple dress with an exotic feathered headband and a chunky beaded necklace. Eye catching accessories are an easy way to add excitement to an all black outfit and Erin pulls this off beautifully.
Okay, so it's not technically a dress, but we couldn't resist mentioning Ellie's amazing outfit! The gorgeous singer is never one to shy away from a daring look and this full length jump suit is no exception. The fun Matthew Williamson outfit flashes just the right amount of flesh and draws attention for all the right reasons.
The eternally stylish 'Blue Jasmine' actress knows just how to work the red carpet in this Gothic fairytale gown. The incredible detailing of the lace and the sheer upper panelling keep the dress from appearing too severe. Mesh and lace are great ways to add visual interest to a dark dress and help prevent your outfit from looking too heavy.
Dame Helen Mirren also keeps things fun and flirty in her embellished black gown with a gorgeous tulle skirt. Ruffled skirts are great fun to wear and perfect for creating a stir on the dance floor. The 68-year-old actress looks half her age as she playfully twirls on the red carpet.
Taylor Swift vamps up the LBD. The American singer steps out in this thigh skimming mini-dress and strappy heels at a party ahead of this year's Grammys. A shorter length little black dress is a great way to keep your look fun and flirtatious, whilst still rocking this season's key trend.
Uma Thurman spices up her simple dress with this gorgeous fitted jacket. Throwing a little jacket or blazer over the top of your dress is a nifty way to keep an evening look smart whilst staying warm.
Johnny Depp's fiancée ramps up the glamour on the red carpet in this striking wrap-style dress. The '3 Days to Kill' actress teams her dress with red nails and matching lipstick, bringing a dash of classic glamour to her complete her look.