Blackout

Black is the new black. (We had to say it.) In a season when retailers and shoppers alike are pinching their pennies, there's a premium on clothes with added value. And so designers knew they couldn't go wrong with the classic, goes-with-everything color. The resurgence of black also reflects an attempt to cut through the clutter of fast, celebrity-fueled fashion in favor of a less complicated way of dressing.<br>
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For some designers, this meant showing black on black. At Mary-Kate and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003343" title="Ashley Olsen" href="/topic/entertainment/ashley-olsen-PECLB003343.topic">Ashley Olsen</a>'s line <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2010/02/new-york-fashion-week-luxe-louche-mary-kate-and-ashley-olsens-the-row.html"><b>the Row</b></a>, slouchy black tie-front silk trousers were paired with a black silk blouse buttoned all the way to the top, (pictured) and a black leather shell was worn over a long-sleeved, black chiffon shirt, with black full-legged pants. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001145" title="Ralph Lauren" href="/topic/business/consumer-goods-industries/clothing-textiles-industry/ralph-lauren-PEHST001145.topic"><b><a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2010/02/new-york-fashion-week-ralph-lauren-fall-2010.html">Ralph Lauren</a></b></a> layered a short, black tulle Deco beaded dress over a black cashmere turtleneck for a more understated evening look.<br>
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 <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST001054" title="Donna Karan" href="/topic/arts-culture/donna-karan-PEHST001054.topic"><a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2010/02/new-york-fashion-week-donna-karan.html"><b>Donna Karan</b></a></a> and <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2010/02/new-york-fashion-week-vera-wangs-understated-comfort.html"><b>Vera Wang</b></a> presented entire collections that were almost all black, emphasizing texture and drape to bring out the richness. When it came to timelessness, you couldn't get much better than <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/alltherage/2010/02/new-york-fashion-week-rodarte-derek-lam-go-wild-with-western-themes.html"><b>Derek Lam's</b></a> plunge-front, long-sleeve silk jersey gown.
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Black is the new black. (We had to say it.) In a season when retailers and shoppers alike are pinching their pennies, there's a premium on clothes with added value. And so designers knew they couldn't go wrong with the classic, goes-with-everything color. The resurgence of black also reflects an attempt to cut through the clutter of fast, celebrity-fueled fashion in favor of a less complicated way of dressing.

For some designers, this meant showing black on black. At Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's line the Row, slouchy black tie-front silk trousers were paired with a black silk blouse buttoned all the way to the top, (pictured) and a black leather shell was worn over a long-sleeved, black chiffon shirt, with black full-legged pants. Ralph Lauren layered a short, black tulle Deco beaded dress over a black cashmere turtleneck for a more understated evening look.

Donna Karan and Vera Wang presented entire collections that were almost all black, emphasizing texture and drape to bring out the richness. When it came to timelessness, you couldn't get much better than Derek Lam's plunge-front, long-sleeve silk jersey gown.

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