Quoted. Chicago Tribune Article: Back to Black. Second City Style Fashion Blog

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November 1, 2007 • Fashion

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We were quoted in the Trib yesterday so here is the article…and we will do some shopping along the way!

By Anne Brennan | Special to the Tribune October
31, 2007

Black is back. Who knew? Where did it go?

Call it
that old black magic. Fashion trends remain ephemeral, but what’s really important is all the wearable black pants, tops, dresses, skirts and coats
available for both fashion-forward women and fashion phobes. What woman
doesn’t need those go-to, basic pieces for her wardrobe?

"After a few
seasons of cutesy, overly feminine styles, black is a clean slate," says
Guillaume Poupart, a New York City-based designer who recently launched his
first collection of outerwear. "It’s very modern and very fresh, especially
when interpreted with more wearable goth and rock [looks]. It’s elegant, so
you can wear it in the daytime and evening."

Actually, black isn’t so
basic these days, says Laura Schara, Macy’s trend correspondent. Patent
leather, sequins and beading (even for menswear) enhance the hue. You can
make a big statement with just one little spectacular piece or play with
accents, whether it’s for day or night.


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Texture is the key word for
updating black, the fashion experts agree. The trends of black and metallic
"play off each other," says Allison Berlin, a New York City-based fashion
stylist and founder of Style Made Simple, a personal styling

Zippers, studs and eyelets look good on black and are a good
contrast, whether it’s fabric or leather, Poupart agrees.

"The whole
thing about black this fall is mixing textures. It’s not all matte black. I
am so into patent lately, especially bags, shoes and belts. It really
punches it up," says Lauren Dimet Waters, editor in chief of
secondcitystyle.com, a fashion e-zine and blog.


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Alice + Olivia’s dresses are "stylish and funkier," she says.
Berlin suggests a crisp white shirt to update a jumper-style LBD, and if you’re getting just one party dress, it should be black sequins.

Black tights
are popular — and they’re a safe choice. Fashion-conscious women are buying
green, orange, turquoise and cobalt blue, Edwards says. A deep plum is an
alternative for those who shy away from bright colors, she


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As for coats, volume
still speaks. But are all those trapeze shapes and bell sleeves going to be
around for a while? It’s the most common question Poupart gets.

think [volume] is here to stay. The trapeze shape will be replaced by fit
and flared [shapes]. Women will get used to wearing them; it’s fun," he
says. Fur scarves add drama and dimension, he adds.

As for makeup, black
liquid eyeliner or a smoky eye finish the look, Berlin says. Tone down the
lips with a nude shade, she says. For the more daring, try a black-tip


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"The cat-eye [eyeliner] is huge right now," Dimet Waters

She suggests Chanel’s Tulip Noir polish for nails and Stila
Smudge Pots or Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner with Sephora’s No. 28
Smudge Pot brush for a foolproof cat eye.

Overall, it’s nice to go
back to the dark side, the pros say.

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"Black goes with everything and
makes you look skinny. That’s why it comes back," Berlin
says.  (Amen to that!)


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