The Dark Side:
Any Color so Long as It’s Black
“I love black because it affirms, designs, and styles,” said Yves Saint Laurent, whose signature le smoking revolutionized fashion, sharpening the edges of the little black dress. Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons delights in its subtleties, describing her preferred palette as “three shades of black.” Even Renoir, a master of cherubic hues, eventually surrendered to the dark side. “I’ve been forty years discovering that the queen of all colors was black,” he once declared. That reign continues in fall’s most versatile pieces as well as timeless accessories.