Black retreated from runways and shop windows during the past few seasons as riotous color seized the spotlight.
Now fashion’s dark knight has returned to relieve tired eyes and reclaim a bright future in fashion, represented most refreshingly by Alexander Wang’s spring 2013 collection.
Black’s comeback may seem incongruous with the calendar. But juxtaposition is in season, whether it’s the mixing of improbable patterns or the championing of this starkest of colors just as the first bulbs burst from the earth.
“I always say that black is the presence of all color,” Michael Colovos, Helmut Lang co-creative director, said during a recent visit to Nordstrom. “It’s rich. It has many shades. It’s empowering.”
“In black, things look very sharp,” said co-creative director Nicole Colovos. “There’s nothing else to distract you.”
This is not your old fade-to-black friend, however. Black commands its share of attention this spring in five fashion-forward ways.