At fashion scene is black associated with dark feelings really so pessimistic? Perhaps the reason we cannot give up on it is beyond its practicality and its ability to cover flaws… After all, black is at the center of our comfort zone.
Fifty-four of his facial appearance was painted black from top to bottom on the podium, which presented the female and male looks of Balenciaga by Demna Gvasalia, which we are used to seeing quite colorful. In Dolce & Gabbana, which only shows the women’s collection, this rate exceeded 40%. While Valentino opened his fashion show with twenty-five black silhouettes, Etro did the closure with models wearing twenty-eight black coats, almost identical. In short, after the seasons where we saturated with colors from pastel to neon, from every classification, black did not break the gap much.
The references we mentioned above, darken the podium in the 2020 Autumn / Winter season; just a few of the big fashion houses that normally keep up with colors. Even Vogue Runway writer Nicole Phelps said, “ Even in Paris Fashion Week, how many brands are completely black, whatever the prevailing trends in the season, it is a color that can become obsessed by its fanatics, and by others, it is a color that has definitely taken its place in the wardrobes. Saving, risk-free and concealing flaws is one of the familiar preference reasons. For example; You can wear a correctly cut maxi black dress with spaghetti straps at dozens of events. It guarantees both a stylish look and it is not easy to remember that you wear the same piece repeatedly, as it will be less memorable unlike alternatives such as fuchsia, red or yellow. Or take a black suit. Whether you go to the street or to a party. You can never be “overdressed” (overly decorated) or “underdressed” (sloppyly dressed). So what is the reason why we passionately adapt this color, which has been identified with mourning, illness, death and pessimistic feelings in many cultures? Love is born and fed for reasons other than risk-free and functionality, can’t it?
Expert psychologists say that the meanings and feelings assigned to colors are not innate, but shaped by experience. He adds that the connotations of colors in our minds are influenced by factors such as gender, age, culture, geography and industry: ”For example, while yellow animates the concepts of joy, hope, optimism in some cultures and sectors, in others it evokes feelings of emptiness, greed and fraud.”
With this point of view, it is possible to put black under the lens again. When did we begin to attribute this meaning to black, which is associated with elegance, sophisticated attitude and sometimes charisma from the fashion industry? We can remember from fashion history books; Perhaps the most ambitious example that influenced the fashion scene so much is the Little Black Dress, the ‘Little Black Dress’, designed by Coco Chanel and another French designer Jean Patou in the 1920s. This term, which has entered our fashion dictionary, is used for simple, characterful, refined, practical and comfortable black dresses. This piece, which revolutionized when it was designed, may be the source of the motivation we have today for black designs.Even when we went a little further, Christin Dior‘s coat dress with scarf detailed neckline designed for the 1952 Winter collection with the ” New Silhouette ” principle and Cristobal Balenciaga‘s ” Envelope Dress ” presented in 1967 are among the powerful elements that lay the foundation of our motivation to wear black.. So much so that these pieces are passed down from generation to generation, the adjectives associated with them and the perceptions created in the mind are transferred to new brands and seasons like a legacy in the fashion scene.
Now let’s come to the present. Following the inspiring historical references, designs came from Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy catwalks. Pierpaolo Piccioli‘s Valentino is paired with loose-fit pants worn by Mariacarla Bosco, a body-fitting strapless top, leather gloves, an abstract rose-shaped leather handbag and thick-soled boots. Need to say? All black! The trademark of the appearance differentiated by its simplicity is the factory, the perfection of its mold. The opening view of the show in the Fall / Winter 2020 collection, the latest collection prepared by British designer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, is from model Fran Summers’s wrap-around midi skirt with a deep slit, a turtleneck knitwear, a necklace that goes down to the chest line and an XL hat covering the model’s face. consisted. This theatrical appearance strongly evokes the desire to have on the beholder. Our last example is from Alexander McQueen. Creative director Sarah Burton, who is a master at playing with patterns and cuts, has also put her genius in the black suit, one of the most masculine looks of the collection. The double-flap blazer jacket is buttoned up with the button on the lower satin layer, the upper lapel is mounted on the main part of the jacket and meets the dart in the pocket section. Straight-leg trousers are the perfect complement to this complex yet aesthetic jacket.
Black, which finds a place in every wardrobe even when it is not presented as a trend on the runways of high fashion houses, has also taken the wind of being a hot trend in the Fall / Winter 2020 season. Moreover, while the popularization of fashion trends took a certain period of time, he entered the summit at an unexpected time. It’s time – if you still have it – to break the prejudices in your mind, to stop associating this color with pessimism. If the design is uniquely constructed, sewn perfectly and matched with the right accessories, what you will reflect on yourself and across will be elegance and character.