Black Magic

Feature by Sophie Kyle | 11 Jan 2007

black - adjective, -er, -est, noun, verb, adverb –adjective
Lacking hue and brightness; absorbing light without reflecting any of the rays composing it. Characterised by absence of light; enveloped in darkness: a black night.

Colour can be so overrated, so get down and dirty in oil-slick black this season. From voluminous, pussy-bow blouses to cigarette pants and sultry film noir-style dresses, black is back. Contrast sharp graphic lines with soft touches of cream or white for extra drama and monochrome definition. For a feminine look, opt for volume with tulip skirts, trapeze coats, smock tops and puff ball dresses.

A white trench coat over a black minidress, a fitted white T-shirt with a black pencil skirt and patent belt…black is the seductively simple route to sharp and sexy dressing. Think Edie Sedgwick meets Audrey Hepburn for that perfect hybrid of classic and cool. Create two tone movement with monochrome mixing, using deluxe fabric slinks and eye-catching jewellery such as gold chains and statement earrings.