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Here and there you see a fashion column talking about how bright colors are overwhelming the latest move toward black, not exactly obscuring it, but certainly lessening its power impact.  Our advice:  Don’t believe it!  Black remains as strong and fashion forward as you can get!

The thing about black is that it so very versatile.  You can wear it to a breakfast business meeting, out for afternoon tea, and later, for a formal dinner.  It works well for all ages, and all personality types. Nice, good girls love it. Tough biker types adore it. Society types consider it de rigueur.

                                          Out of the Sixties

Reflecting some of that “go everywhere on everybody” gestalt is a photograph in one of the latest issues of a top fashion publication, showing the hot trendy color on a long-haired very young beauty wearing black, black, and more black. 

She actually looks a little like a rebellious damsel out of the Sixties, with her black loose-knit mini-dress carelessly falling off one shoulder and worn over faux leather skinny jeans.  A very assertive accessory includes a long silver cross pendant necklace…very sleek, modern, architectural.

The look?  You could call it Biker Hot, or Gothic, or Anti bellum druggie. Then, again, it is also timeless Society Chic.

USING BLACK AS AN EVERYDAY BASIC CAN GIVE A SOPHISTICATED, URBAN LOOK TO ANY OUTFIT.  HERE ARE SOME GREAT ACCESSORIES IN THAT DESIGN MODE:

 

 

                                       Gauche Americans?

When drawing up your plans for the newest black wave, you might ask “How black is black?”  Well, the answer is:  So long as it falls under the black umbrella, its intensity really doesn’t matter.  Just be sure that when you put blacks together into an outfit they are either all the same matching black or that they at least go together. 

Sometimes non-matching colors are even more design-smart.  The French, our beloved across-the-ocean brothers and sisters, say “Americans are down right gauche the way they insist on matching everything.”  If that’s the word out of Paris, we could at least listen

Leather goods are perhaps the strongest category where black intensity values change swiftly.  A black leather handbag can be super-noir, or it can be a gentler night-sky black.

Black interpreted into leather clothing is another wide berth category.  As seen in a pair of Diesel’s shortie-shorts, black is softened into a hematite effect, almost gray. 

One of the best ways to see how to work with black is to flip through fashion magazines for ideas.  Black goes with almost everything, with the exception of fragile summer hues.  There was a time when the only truly acceptable shoe color was black. 

                                        The Black Phenomenon

In many countries, elderly women still wear black exclusively.  It’s not that long ago that I was taking a plane to Portugal, and all the women there who were married over the age of maybe 19 wore black.  Of course this wasn’t a rich black.  Or a sensual black.  Or a trendy black. 

    –It was more like a morbid, “I’m no longer here,” burka black. Stay away from it and work with the more exciting renditions.  There are plenty of them!

Think about DKNY’s sexy little black faux fur shrug.  Ummm!  Or True Religion’s wildly tight black cotton and spandex jeans with crystal buttons.  Wow! Or a black sequined nylon vest from Max & Co., just right for warm, summer evenings under the stars!

The look can be black as a dominant color, as a mixer, or as the solitary expression in an all-black ensemble (no doubt the hottest, most trendy look now).  Work clothing with black accessories, even jewelry!  The end result can be dazzling!

WHAT IS RICHER, MORE DESIRABLE THAN BLACK (OR MAYBE HEMATITE) ACCESSORIES?  LOOK HERE:

 

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