All Black: Can It Ever Really Go Out of Style?
June 9, 2008
Apparently, one of the New York fashion designer elite was out and about in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin recently dispensing bits of style wisdom to Middle America. After reviewing prototypes from her new line for Kohl’s, Vera Wang seemed "underwhelmed" according to the New York Times. “This is all black… Black is very ‘90s.”
I'm sure Coco Chanel would beg to differ.
Chanel was first to introduce black as a fashion color in the ‘20s with her signature “little black dress,” and it has stuck around ever since. Black has become the go-to color for many occasions: Not sure what to wear for that interview? Go with the black suit. First date? Black dress. Gained a few? Black. Formal wedding? Well, just don’t wear white… but you get the picture. The question is, has black become so overused to the point where it is now just a safety color for fashion underachievers? Could it possibly have gone out of style?
Of course not. In an industry obsessed with change, there needs to be at least one constant. Black is like The Way We Were of fashion colors; a classic that can stand the test of time. The trendsetters will always be there flaunting their shiny "new" navy blues or deep purples — and even I must admit it is sometimes nice to see a new wave in the sea of black (ahem, New Yorkers) — but in the end there’s nothing else like it: sleek, sophisticated, modern, professional yet sexy at the same time. It is a color that looks good on everyone of any size and you can spend your money on it because it will be in your closet forever. Like anything else in fashion, it is how you wear it that counts. Not that Ms. Wang doesn’t have every right to her aesthetical point of view, but a good fashion rule of thumb –- if it was good enough for Hepburn, it’s probably pretty good.
Tell Us What You Think: Does the wedding dress designer diva have it right, or are you partial to the costume jewelry queen?