Balenciaga Fall2012 rtw / Burberry Prosum Fall2012 rtw / GeorgJensen Quack servingjug / iittala Maribowl / Foscarini Cage Pendant / Seletti electroplated keytlery / Loom Insitu Old Yarn Rug / Bulgari B.Zero rosegold ring / Image by Tina Luther for Harpers Bazaar HK via FashionGoneRogue
The equalizer... the sophisticate... the edgy... the uniform... the staple... the fashion forward... the surprising... all these describe a humble black item.
Originally the colour of mourning in many cultures, it has transcended our consciousness to dwell in the everyday. A neutral, a base, a highlight and a focus - the acceptance of a whole black wardrobe can be probably traced back to the early 80's and the Japanese designers (Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcons) and the tradition continued with Dolce & Gabbana immortalizing the Sicilian seductress. Across couture to high street and mass market, the colour is seen on shoes & bags (of course), jeans (can't live without them), jackets and blazers (finish off an outfit), to homewares (textiles, interior wall paint, kitchen cabinetry and bathroomware).
|Kate Lanphear in top to toe black, via Fashionologie|
Finally, from the forecaster Li Edelkoort, an analysis of this multi-faceted colour and a fabulous and utterly cool video -
|Still from video - Edelkoort productions via Trend Tablet via Eat Drink Chic|
"...black became the symbol of a certain bourgeoisie with the revival of the universal little black dress, going out of its realm fashion embraced a hell’s angels aesthetic and going on as usual the left bank sense of style initiated in the time existentialism and fimed by the nouvelle vague continued to seduce..."