Trend Report: Black is Where It’s At

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Black as a fashion statement, particularly one for fall? Like with florals for spring, one could cuttingly reply, “How groundbreaking.” While revolutionary it may not be, that doesn’t mean catching sight of an all-black collection, or several, is not a breath of fresh (albeit, dark) air. I, for one, love to see plenty of mysterious monochrome neutrality. Because at the end of the day and more importantly, the end of the season, tell me, what’s chicer than wearing all black?

Let’s start with one of the most devoted masters of the colorless look: Donna Karan named her collection “Power & Poetry,” citing the glistening, architectural glamour of the New York City skyline as her inspiration. The result is a high-depth collage of functional jersey and gleaming jacquard, generous layers of tailored suiting and plenty of sheerness for after-dark dark seduction, thigh-high boots, and hourglass-accentuating bustiers. Another long-term worshiper of the shade of the moment, Vera Wang, paid homage with her masculine-meets-feminine mash-up. Influenced by simple sportswear, she delivered drawstring-waist maxi-skirts; cropped, compact wool blazers; knee-grazing Bermuda shorts; oversized fisherman sweaters; fluid velvet gowns; and a well-edited sprinkling of crinkly vinyl to sex things up. The collection is boyish, deconstructed, wearable, and enigmatically appealing.

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Just when you thought Alexander Wang had gone and grown up on us, bam! – he unleashes an army of no-nonsense Goth girls who seem majorly pissed off. Hoping to stand tough come fall? Then look no further than his Fall ’15 collection, consisting of mega-platform boots, suitable for both Marilyn Manson and heavy-metal mosh pits; studded dresses in every badass derivation you could imagine; and, of course, loads of leather pieces. Experimental fashion is not to be feared, but you know what is? A Wang girl who needs to get her rocks off. Finally, a Stuart Vevers-led Coach continues their in-house Youthquake revolution, this time with a playful slew of paneled shearling jackets and coordinating stomp-around boots, motorcycle vests, and patchwork-accented leather pants, while Diesel Black Gold toys with traditional notions of gender by pitting mannish oxfords against wispy slips and pencil skirts, sweet lace against grommet lacing, and pleated schoolgirl skirts against boxy, stolen-from-the-boys jackets. So how will you take your black come next season?

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