It's difficult to put a twist on wearing black when the shade has been used on every garment, accessory, silhouette and outfit imaginable. Obviously, I'm not the first person in fashion to have a love affair with black. Notable fashion figures have waxed poetic about wearing this dark shade, extolling the various slimming purposes and sophisticated nuances of the industry's most beloved non-color. Designers throughout the ages, from the timeless Chanel to the more current Demeulemeester and Kawakubo, have embraced it. The fashion industry's constantly updating adage of "...is the new black", even referenced in this season's hit TV drama Orange is the New Black, only goes to show its timelessness. Then there's Yohji Yamamoto's much over-referenced quote (which I will once again abuse).
It is black's innocuous quality that makes it the first choice for uniform dressing - hence why I wore this ensemble to the office. Yet it's ability to create a strong silhouette is what makes the shade wearable over and over again without being trite. It's this quality that compelled fashion designer Maria Mak of the Hong Kong-based brand Twisted Sisters to move away from the colorful bubblegum pastels of her previous collection, and towards a monochromatic palette that better showcased her architectural influences. Her fall collection, Tranquility, utilizes neutral shades to emphasize the structural intrigue of her garments, an amalgamation of larger-than-life waistcoats (that reach far beyond the waist), flared skirts supported by cages, wide-legged trousers and this little black skirt. Despite the tediousness of wearing pleather in summer heat, I acquiesce for the sake of those fascinating reflections formed by the boxy silhouette of the skirt and the creased pleather. The feminine, voluptuous shape may seem like a deviation from my usual straight silhouettes, but then again, everything looks good in black.
Photos by Katty Law
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