Black is London’s favourite colour. From the Underground to the Gherkin, not one area I have ever been to (barring Somerset House during Fashion Week) has proved otherwise. For its easy and slimming wear, our city has adopted it as a rather drab sartorial preference.
That is not to say you can’t wear black well. Audrey Hepburn practically built a reputation on her little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Sadly, not all of us can afford couture dresses designed by Hubert de Givenchy, and that is where the ‘boring black’ begins.
The best way to wear black well? Wear the styles you love! We all know how I feel about Firetrap’s skinny jeans, so when I stumbled on the brand’s newgorgeous embroidered cardigan, black skinnies were an obvious pairing.
Because I happen to look like a vampire in all black, I broke the colour up with a gold-weaves tan dress, matching BCBG Max Azria sandals, and a rose-printed scarf.
Shop The Look: tan and gold dress (similar here), nude pumps (similar here), and Firetrap jeans and cardigan.
Anna Dello Russo has her rules to follow during the upcoming Fashion Week madness and has revealed her top ten list on her own blog:
1. Black outfits make a omologate effects.
2. Be carefull with black: Don’t put together different tone of black (clothes, stocking, shoes, etc). Materials reflect the black in different way.
3. Sunshine is a big spot on you: It shows all the mistakes. (Cheap fabrics, ruined accessories, dirty shoes).
4. You must feel the weather every morning. Clothes live in the best context like actresses loving the amazing theater.
5. Don’t match clothes and its own function: Like rain and trenchcoat, like snow and moonboot, forget it the umbrella at home!
6. Wear just night-clothes in daytime. It is unexpected!
7. Don’t carry big bags. On the front row they hinder the passage.
8. Between shoes and bag? Absolutely, amazing shoes matching a perfect pedicure. They make a right attitude!
9. Don’t wearing so much make up. In the morning it does not look fresh.
10. Shape up! You must choose outfits fierce and fully shaped.