Black thoughts, black deeds, the scary connotations of the word black are endless. Black is the colour of the night, the colour of the unknown, the epitome of danger. Black is the colour of anger, black moods, black heart, black magic, beaten black and blue. But the wearing of black fabrics has always also meant power. Black intimidates when a uniform, and impresses when a fashion.

From the little black dress to the last remaining ball on the snooker table, black is both a colour and a concept. In fashion terms black reigns supreme, in fact black is considered so highly in fashion and design that every year designers all over the word herald different colours as ‘the new black’. Authority figures love to wear black, the gowns of court officials, the robes of priests, the uniforms of many armies, (and don’t forget the vampires).

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Qualities

Black is modest and retiring, black affirms and emphasises, black is ageless and suitable for every occasion. Black separates us from the outside world, it is comforting and womb-like, it hides our insecurities, it gives us confidence. And black is sexy, dark and mysterious, seduction and intrigue. Most of all black is a strong colour, and that is why strong people are attracted to it, the business suit, the limousine. It is also a formal colour, the black tie and the little black dress. Black is both contradictory and fascinating.

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In fashion terms black reigns supreme, in fact black is considered so highly in fashion and design that every year designers all over the word herald different colours as ‘the new black’. Authority figures love to wear black, the gowns of court officials, the robes of priests, the uniforms of many armies, (and don’t forget the vampires).

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Hues

I love the quote from the Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo “I work in three shades of black.” Black is far more than just one colour, from blackberry with purple notes, black cherry with marsala high tones, and charcoal with the tad of white added to lift the effect of darkness.

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Apple Logo

Textures

But it is the textures of black that interest me more. Think black lacquer, polished marble, reflecting warmth and colour, so sophisticated, smooth, and rich. Then the textured and low sheen of raw black silk, classy, exclusive, sombre, emotion absorbing and proudly aloof. Beautiful, and very expensive. Follow with black velvet, warm and tactile, smooth flowing, heavy, sumptuous, and ageless with it’s hints of antique ebony. Also consider the almost flocked qualities of jacquard/damask with intricate, complex, patterned weaving giving contrasting opulence.

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Lamborghini Gallardo Nera

A neutral colour

Black has such a high impact value that people do not realise it is neutral, it really does with any colour, and any style. It is never off-trend.

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