I'm slowly beginning to understand and gain an appreciation for fashion bloggers who can pull together an all-white or all-black outfit. Like black and white photography you can't have the same approach to colour that you would normally have. Instead things like the silhouette and overall shape, as well as composition becomes much more important and accessories such as a simple hat or pair of sunglasses can make or break an outfit. At first it all looked the same to me since I wear so much colour in different patterns but upon closer inspection there is an art to it. It was difficult for me to understand since an entirely black wardrobe would naturally coordinate quite easily. But that in itself requires a kind of dedication, faith or discipline all of its own that I know I'm not capable of. My blog and personal style won't suddenly become a sober world, I won't pretend that I am too cool or disaffected for colour but some of the fashion editorials shot in black and white from eras like the 90s are absolutely stunning. And the 1950s girl gang aesthetic will be a reoccurring obsession of mine both in terms of aesthetic appreciation and as a feminist ideal.
1- Kate Moss for Calvin Klein, 2- Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Stills, 3- Girls with guns circa 1920s. 4- Hoyo Maravilla gang girls, East LA, 1983 photographed by Janett Beckman, 5- Rosie From Boyle Heights In The 1940s, 6- unknown, 7- Sky Ferreira, 8- Charlotte Rampling by Helmut Newton, 1974. 9. 10- Julia Hetta, 12- Desperate Housewife at U+Mag, 13, 15- unknown. 17- Vintage Versace Campaign, 18- Lana Del Rey at The Bowery Ballroom by Chuck Grant 2011, 19- VOGUE USA DEC 1992 GRUNGE AND GLORY photo by Steven Meisel, 22- Ann-Sofie Back AW14.
11, 14, 21- The Old Crowd via Rookie Mag. 16 & 20- Courtney Love at Subterrania, London, 03/29/93.