Black and white leaves hot color in the shade

April 17, 1991|By Pat Morgan | Pat Morgan,Knight-Ridder

Yes, yes, yes, already. Color vibrant, intense, traffic-stopping color is making its way back into fashion after being the proverbial stepchild for many, many seasons. But that, fashion readers, is tomorrow's headline.

Today, we're talking about black. And white. And black and white.

And how to make a bold, eye-catching statement without (necessarily) succumbing to fashion's love affair with all things colorful.

"Black and white is always right. Everybody loves black and white. It's so easy, and you can do so much with it," says image consultant Joyce Knudsen, owner of the ImageMaker in Rochester. "Colors make a very definite statement about your frame of mind, your level of confidence, even your mood. Black and white, on the other hand, are great when you don't want to telegraph that information, when you don't want to give too much away."

Black, Knudsen says, is a strong, authoritative color, making it an ideal choice when one wants to establish right up front who's in control.

White, on the other hand, symbolizes purity, a good option when one wants to appear clean, honest or otherwise vice-free.

So together, they're what? Purely strong? Strongly pure? Confusing as all get out?

"Elegant," Knudsen says.

Not to mention bold. Graphic. And often, just as entrance-making as any of the bright colors currently in vogue.

It's easy enough to pair black and white solids for a safe, simple style that looks pulled-together, well-groomed and, well, elegant.

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