Hi, I'm looking for some examples of ultra chic websites, with refined and stylish aesthetic. These sites are typically duotone (black background , thin white text) with sleek lines and smooth animation, very much suited to photographers, galleries, jewellery etc.
Refined and stylish aesthetics with sleek lines, elegance and impeccable coding? That would be SuzyUK... LOL (seriously though, it's true)
Really, it can't be done here (specifics) but go searching around at Google and Yahoo directory for CSS "showcase" type sites and high end (expensive) web design firms' portfolios. Also, search Yahoo directory (and search) for sites in the niches that would be using such designs.
It isn't a matter of copying, it's a matter of inspiration and absorption. I'm just plain vanilla, but I do know that what you look at a lot starts to internalize and stimulate creativity.