The store windows in Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, New York “wrapped” in a black cloud of precious materials… From Marlene Dritrich who wrapped her cold beauty in the wings of a black angel up to the young and beautiful “Black Swan” Natalie Portman, the “Face” of Dior for “Miss Dior Cherie” fragrance. The mysterious Greta Garbo, fun of the absolute black. Princess Diana, who, although adoring the intense colors, allowed Patrick Demarchelier to photograph her for the French “Vogue” in a black dress. Jackie Kenendy, Onassis, who even on her summer vacation chose her favorite little black dress. Exotic Thalisa Soto, movie star in James Bond with an extremely sexy black swimsuit being photographed by Bruce Weber at a villa in Miami. Until the recent cover of the Italian “Vogue” in an extroverted photograph of leading Steven Meisel and Pat McGrath make-up artist.
Stars in Black. Black has always been the absolute star. It is a mysterious, sexy and elegant color. For some women it is “safe”, as they think it flatter them by hiding their body’s imperfections. Black continues to star in spring and summer collections. It stands out and seems to be the distant master of the game between a cloud of pink, blue, yellow, green, orange and floral. Naomi Kambel is photographed for Roberto Cavalli’s evening collection with a long, transparent, black dress that is “decorated” with discreet patches. Cameron Diaz selects Lanvin’s black sandals under a super mini dress for night clubbing. Kirsten Adams chooses black Balenciaga. Natasha Poll, Magdalena Frakovia, Lara Stone and the other supermodels of our time shine dressed in total black clothes.
Outfits in black with bulky accessories, the finest black dresses and generally outfits of spring and summer are signed by Lanvin. Black dresses that their muslin is so transparent that women have to cover their bodies underneath with black body suits. Black tight dresses that end up above the knee and create a waist-ring with the help of a wide belt. Small black dresses with high heels sandals. Black pants with black long kazakas. The massive Faux Bijoux accompanying the house’s clothes are to die fot. Huge silver eagles, chains of black and silver that worn in multiple together. The beloved big crosses with silver stones and thick chains.
Alber Elbaz worships black and he proves it. Valentino creates black dresses short and long, almost exclusively from lace. Riccardo Tisci designs close-fitting black bridesmaid dresses for Givenchy. Sarah Burton designed the most “inspired” dresses for Alexander McQueen. With laces, transparencies, crystals, embroidery that look painted on the female body. She combines them with sandals that their leather straps reach below the knee (the ancient Greek sandals in a very modern version). Stella McCartney loves “torn” black shirts over super mini tulip dresses.
French, Italian, Japanese love black too… Yohi Yamamoto uses black a lot, especially in loose men’s suits. Martin Margiela loves long dresses with zippers and deep neckline. Rick Owens has combined his name with black. Black dresses with accented shoulders, jackets, tunic over wide trousers. Dries Van Noten creates excellent long skirts, “imperial” we would say. Very narrow in the upper part that end up creating a huge ornate fury. Turkish Hakan Yildirim dominates the catwalks with super sexy black body suits that are combined with tuxedo, dresses and sportswear jerseys. Rapper Kanye West creates dazzling black tight dresses, with the deepest neckline of the season. Barbara Bui creates elegant black shirts, narrow pants that open up at the bottom revealing sexy sandals. Dolce & Gabbana designs hot shorts, bras, long and short dresses in black. The Gucci House designs the most chic blacks of the season.
The Fendi House emphasizes black transparency. The Moschino House “shows” one of its richest collections inspired by toreadors. Narrow black pants, shorts and mini skirts combined with ornate waistcoats and shorts. Its advertising campaign with the Capitolium in the background is excellent. Black is again the undisputed protagonist. Designers also loved it this summer. The catwalks and windows in Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, New York “wrapped” in a black cloud of precious materials …
The photographic material presented in this article is from the personal collection of Soldier Fashion by Yiorgos Doumanidis.