What is the thing with fashion people and black or simply fashion and black? There are so many other colours to choose from. Why is it then that everybody always wears black?
At the same time, black is stylish, elegant, timeless, urban, dark, Parisian and so on, but it’s actually also anonymous and without any connotations and values to be added to it. That makes it very eternal, and impossible to go wrong with, and sometimes you don’t feel like dressing bon ton, casual or maritime. Sometimes you just want to be black.
Black is also a life style, a creative life style, which inspires artists, philosophers, musicians, designers, New Yorkers, Parisians, depressed, and grieving people. An interesting bunch, really, and one we definitely want to be part of. Today black is cool, because it makes you look pale in an intellectual and urban way. Black used to be cool in the 00s too, when it made you look anorectic and on hard drugs with a violent boyfriend. Actually black is always relevant – in one way or another.
I have another theory, why black is the colour. It’s the same reason, why the fashion pack rarely smiles in photos. Smiling is a universal sign showing happiness, and showing you’re content isn’t cool, because it would be an acknowledgement and approval of your situation, and this isn’t as stylish, as seeming slightly disapproving of something. So we keep our cool façade pretending that we’re used to a higher standard.
The little black dress, the black pumps and the black dinner jacket or smoking. Black stocking and a black clutch for the evening. A black belt and black slacks.
Without black there would be no fashion industry.
Without black there wouldn’t be any fashion crowd.
Black is just so great because…. Because it’s black.
Fashion and black photo from left to right is of Malcolm McInnes, myself, Adrien Perry Roberts, Caterina Felicetti, Laura Bedetta and Jeetinder Sandhu featured on the poster at the back.