The color wheel is full of endless possibilities. From rich, royal blues to sunny, bright yellows, from powerful, stand-out reds to romantic, light pinks–the colors are eternal. Color has this undeniable way of changing a person’s physical and internal appearance. It appears both warm and cold, bright and dull, frail and strong. It conveys raw emotions of lust and anger, as well as timidity and sadness. Color can never disappear–it can never leave the world. It can only strengthen its immense importance. The impact and effect color has on our lives is impossible to ignore. Color enters your body, mind, and soul. It satisfies you with its attraction and fulfillment. It energizes you with individuality and imagination. Color helps to define who we are as human-beings.
This past June, I wrote a post entitled, Into the Depths of Black and White. This post delved deep into the powers of black and white photography and explored the beauties it revealed and the emotions it expressed. In this post, evidently, two main colors were defined. These colors were black and white… two opposite colors that come together to form something magical.
Not only in photography, but also in fashion, the colors of black and white have the same impressive effect. With a mixture of purity and strength, simplicity and depth, and goodness and evil, the colors of black and white each have their own alluring powers and resplendent expressions…
And they have a united, symmetrical sovereignty of worthy charm and grace when they come together. This is proven wonderfully in a photo shoot for Vogue Italia, entitled, Black & Roses, photographed by the talented Tim Walker.
Black, a color that is associated with power, authority and seriousness. A color that is associated with mystery, ambiguity, and evil, with elegance, prestigiousness, and timelessness, with anguish, depression, and pain. It is a color with a lacy seductiveness and an edgy, secretive appeal. The color has a depth of emotion and substance. It has much meaning, much dominance and individuality. The color black is a true enigma, as well as a true staple in one’s life inside and outside of fashion. As depicted in the Black & Roses photo shoot, the color of black can be both submissive and outspoken. It can be both hidden and revealing. Without emotional lightness and colorful brightness, there is a deep truth and understanding to the color hue. Black makes an impression, a statement that will never be forgotten.
White, a color that is associated with innocence, purity, and virginity, with safety, faith, and lightness. It is the color of the cool, winter snow, the angels of heaven. The color white floats with a beautifying airy quality. It soars with a romantic heart of pure love and devotion. White expresses happiness, inner delight, and light tenderness. It is a color that is bold in its quietness and graceful in its simplicity. As shown in the Black & Roses photo shoot, white is something almost mystical, spiritual in its sheer accents and light drapings. White giggles in its playful exuberance and ethereal grace.
Black and White, a powerful color combination that is beautiful in its classic, flawless appeal. By traveling to both sides of the color spectrum, a remarkable blending of dark and light is achieved. A piece of worth is created; a timeless fashion is embraced; a sleek design is produced. The colors carry with them an effortless elegance, a powerful stance, an everlasting brilliance. Obscurity is illuminated and clarity is concealed. Cryptic riddle is replaced by clarity. Clear distinction is replaced by dusk. An equal balance of worth and beauty. A contrasting bliss. A connection of greatness. Black and White.
The influence of black and white, and the essence of color in general, on the world of fashion is fantastically grand. It defines the pieces being worn. It gives the fashions a voice, an opinion, an emotion. The designs are full of strong feelings. They are not just pieces of fabric. They are not just empty pieces with no meaning and worth. With color, these pieces are unique and memorable. The pieces speak to those who wear them. They release sensations; they express emotions; they adore the conscious mind. Color allows fashion to explore new ideas of inspiration, creativity, and joy. Color allows fashion to send a message, worthy of attention and thought…
Color allows fashion to be what it wishes to be.