THE NEW BLACK
Designers wear black. It’s a common trend internationally and ICRAVE follows suit. Whether it’s shades of black – dark grey, warm grey, cool grey, noir – or just black itself, the trend is present in the creative industries.
Why? Some say it relates to analogue drafting; when designers were surrounded by graphite and black ink, the dark uniform maintained a presentable look. Others reminisce about the days when chain-smoking was predominant in the studio, which references the above. Wearing black could also be reminiscent of an old adage, “the cobbler’s children go unshod,” implying that since color-use and selection are such a large part of the design industry, designers don’t select it for themselves.
No matter what field – be it design, cosmetology, film, music – black does not detract from an eclectic color palette. Maybe it’s possible that black makes real the two-dimensional silhouettes designers paste into their drawings.
Black always seems effortless and transcendental – it can transition from day to night, summer to winter, a walk on the High Line or even a studio field trip to DIA Beacon.
Countless fashion designers over the years have released all-black collections. Black-on-black accessories are becoming more and more popular (ever notice how all-black electronics are more expensive than white or silver?). There is simply no color that has been as effective and prevalent throughout time and industries than black.