Black is Back

Every since the days of Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel, black has been the go-to color for
fashionistas everywhere. And why wouldn’t it be? It matches everything and looks effortlessly

Now I may sound redundant suggesting black as one of this season’s trends (because when
isn’t it?) but all black everything was seen on the hottest runways of the season! Leandra
Medine of Man Repeller is on the same page as me, dubbing this revival Funeral Core.

This season we’ve seen black coming back stronger than ever. Waving goodbye to the
casualwear trend that has been popular the last couple seasons, designers sent a very mature
version of noir down the runway this season. Longer hemlines, sharply tailored separates, and
patent accessories make up this season’s must haves.


1. At Givenchy we saw an almost entirely noir collection, featuring black velvet, baroque lace,
strategically placed cutouts, and of all things – facial piercings.


2. At Celine’s Paris exhibit Phoebe Philo emphasized 60’s silhouettes with a modern twist. We
saw midi-length skirts and A-line everything: from coats, to culottes (the pant of the season)
to collared leather trench coats. Philo brought back her signature ribbed knits in the form of
midi-length shift dresses, her classic turtleneck, and of all things….bustier tops. I am always a
fan of how can make a palette of all neutral colors look fresh by combining fascinating fabrics
like quilted cotton and ribbed knits with eccentric silhouettes (check out the exaggerated bell
sleeves on her Fall collection!)


3. At Giles we saw film noir meets a funeral, with dark lips and pale complexions balanced with
patent mini skirts and boudoir-esque tights. Elaborate Victorian collars top off this mix and
match collection.

Alexander Wang

4. Alexander Wang brought on all the usual sportswear inspired separates, but for the first time
in a couple season we saw structured, ladylike jackets (obviously in the traditional Wang black
leather!) The models slicked back hair and heroin chic eye perfectly balanced the metallic
hardward on classic buttonups, vneck pullover and leather culottes.


5. Rochas is one of the shows I’m the most excited for year after year, and this year was definitely
not a let down! Lady like sheer dresses and skirts are on my wishlist for this winter, as well as
fringe and feathering galore.

By Kate Dingwall –

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