27.1.10

Back to Black

Psynopsis Sarah in Black Malene Birger Dress
Not one LBD did Karl Lagerfeld show in his latest Haute Couture show for Chanel. It looks that fashion-wise black is so far from being back, it’s somewhere stuck on the moon, which makes me feel rather silly to have stocked up on black clothes in my latest shopping spree. I didn't even want to, I wanted colours and patterns… but something always makes me come back to black.

No matter if pastels, mustard or tribal prints are en vogue, black stays the eternally fashionable colour. Yes, it might add years to our teint and make us look drained, but it's also slimming and gives the wearer sincerity à la: "You may all dance around like peacocks, but I've got never-changing eternity on my side, I’m not influenced by little fashion whims and frolics." (Why else is the whole staff of Vogue mostly clad in black; not to mention King Karl and Coco themselves?)*

I might give other hues a try, but when in doubt/lazy/undecided/not up for experiments the shade that doesn’t emit or reflect light will always be my fall-back choice.

So what about you? Is it good-bye to black for you this season or are you sticking to the colour of nobility, experience and death**?


**They just want to lock slimmer, you say? Fair point.
**Black is actually only the colour of death in Europe and the Americas. In Asia and many African countries white symbolises mourning. (Thanks, Wiki!)

dress: malene birger

31 comments:

Couture Carrie said...

I agree, darling ~ I just adore black and would never abandon it!

Fabulous dress!
And your hair looks beautiful too :)

xoxox,
CC

Sabine said...

It's not me but my model Sarah, but thank you, Carrie!

Jen said...

I have a love/hate relationship with the colour black. On one hand, I find it incredibly chic, stylishly simple and timeless. On the other, it's my boring go-to colour when I can't be bothered to think about it.

But maybe that's the beauty of black? It's effortless in its application, and can be thrown on with anything without losing its appeal.

Love how your gorgeous model pops out of that black backdrop.

Make Do Style said...

could never abandon black xx

Lewis William said...

Charcoal was a good discovery for me. A sudden injection of diversity!

Lewis William said...

PS Thank you so much for my inclusion in your "Fun and Inspiration" list! Such a lot to live up to now.. xx

Sabine said...

My pleasure, Lewis. I love your posts!

drollgirl said...

black ALWAYS works. it just does. it is my go to "color", but i've branched out way more with color and/or patterns than i used to. but i think the black will always dominate my wardrobe!

p.s. you have such pretty/shiny hair!

Clare said...

So beautiful! I love black! I noticed you said this is your model Sarah. I love her hair!

atelier said...

I love your hair! great dress!!

Tatiana Landim said...

"black stays the eternally fashionable colour!!"

indigotangerine said...

The pleating and ruffles here are gobsmackingly gorgeous. Perfect LBD.
-indigo

SR@MyStyle said...

Hi there-never abandon black, I love it too, but will still add some colour for summer. I really like black in summer too! Great dress my dear!

fashionforwriters said...

Hi dear, this dress is a dream dress! And black is wonderful. I own too many black dresses and no matter what, I can't stop myself from owning more!

xo Jenny

thatsorad said...

That dress is amazing!! totaly amazing!

Sabine said...

I'm happy you like the dress. When I got it I thought it might be a bit too frilly, but worn with boots it actually makes me feel oldfashioned in a good way, slightly Wild West. (It's also a bit see-through which is rather sexy)

Sher said...

I don't think I will ever say goodbye to black or black and white! I have too much of them in my closet:P

xx

Couture Cookie said...

I am a New Yorker, so how can I not wear black? I occasionally wear white and pastels in the summer, but I am careful so as not to look too West Coast-y. Black and dark denim always works! And may I just say I am so jealous of your beautiful hair... the color is lovely.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Black will forever be a shining star in my wardrobe. Of course I'll be embracing neutrals and pastels; but I will never be driven to abandon black!! :)

Zenobie said...

Even though black may not be too “fashion forward” at the moment it is to classic to abandon , I rarely seem to make up an outfit without black in it somewhere!

KIRAFASHION said...

oh my!
This dress is amazing!
There is no color like black :)

Style Bird said...

I love black...great dress!

S.Elisabeth said...

I love pastel colors, but not many of the stores I can afford stock them too often. I love black as it is always chic and easy to throw on!

Indy said...

I love black and I think most people look good in it. I also appreciate colors and love how they can be used in such beautiful ways!

fhen said...

although there are a lot of pattern and trend out there
but then again balck is immortal

by the way have just follwed you]mind to follow me back?

happy weekend xoxo

Joanne Faith said...

I just go for pairing black with colors. Classic & creativity. I appreciate the prominence of color on the runways, be we all know black is never going to stop being the number one choice!

UnoCosa said...

sabine - you raised a century old question on why majority of us are all feeling so strongly about black!!! i actually read somewhere today about a girl talking about wearing black - she referred it as her "safe color" - which, in a way, was a nice way to put it - black makes us feeling thinner, it enables us to look good without being too flash, it tends to camouflauge certain shortcoming of us - and certainly, it goes w/ all complexion, hair styles and body shapes in comparison to other colors!!!

i would not choose between black and others - it's more like to add something else so they compliment the blacks i already have or about to possess :D!

love the Malene dress, xx

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Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

Sabine, I agree about black - it is one of my favorite colors, although lately I find myself making deliberate affort to wear it less. What I have found in my time as a designer is that it is increadably difficult to work with black color, half of the time I can not see my own stitching. :-) Black is also extremely difficult to photograph, my photographer usually has such a difficult time with black hats when photographing my collections.
Sabine, It would be my pleasure to add you to myblogroll, I will do it as soon as I leave your beautiful Blog. Wishing you wonderful weekend.:-)

Jen said...

Sabine - I do apologise for stealing your title! I've just realised. I'll go give you some credit for it now! :) x

Sabine said...

Don't worry, hun; it's Amy Winehouse's anyway...