September 17, 2014
I think we all love the color black – especially those of us who live in New York. Several years ago, when I was at a departure gate in LAX for a red-eye flight back to New York, I suddenly realized that every single passenger waiting to board was wearing black.
Why this fascination with the color black?
Well, for starters, black is chic, elegant and sophisticated. Put a female in a Little Black Dress (LBD) and her image is quickly defined. Think Audrey Hepburn in the opening scene of the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s as she emerges from a cab in a long black gown by Givenchy, black elbow-length gloves and oversized black sunglasses.
The effect is iconic and spectacular.
*Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; image from highheelconfidential.com
Of course, very few of us are built like Hepburn so one of the greatest appeals of wearing black is that it makes the wearer appear thinner. It also evokes strong emotions. For example, the black Versace dress held together by oversized gold safety pins that Elizabeth Hurley wore to a movie premiere sent shock waves around the globe.
*Elizabeth Hurley in Versace’s “Safety Pin” dress (also called “That Dress” by the media)
For both women and men black can be a signature color. Specifically, Donna Karan, who practically invented black as the quintessential urban color, Steve Jobs and his 100 mock turtlenecks in black and Johnny Cash, the country music icon, who was commonly referred to as “The Man in Black”.
Summing up and digressing briefly from fashion, we can also say that black is an authoritative and powerful color, e.g., tuxedos, limousines, judge’s robes and priest’s attire are all typically black.
*image from gettyimages.com
MAY WE SUGGEST…
We’re back into the swing of things with Fall approaching. So for an upcoming dinner party why not pair one of our V-shaped or scoop neck tops in black with a long black or multicolored skirt. You’ll be the belle of the ball.
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October 22, 2020
I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
October 14, 2020
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
October 06, 2020
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.