Monday, February 13, 2012

Black is the New Black: What Does That Say?

Next up on the color bar is the perennial favorite color in handbags...Black.

Black is a mysterious color, and just like red, it sends mixed messages. Black can symbolize negativity, mourning and fear of the unknown. It is the absence of color, the primordial void, emptiness.

The Mesmerizing and Mysterious "Fishy" Stingray Clutch
in Black by Hester van Eeghen 

But black also represents elegance, formality, sophistication, power and prestige. And of course it makes the wearer look thinner. *

Physically, black can make you feel inconspicuous, subdued and even safe. Wearing black offers a blank canvas.

A Selection of Black Bags, Wallets, Gloves and Briefcases by Hester van Eeghen

As you can see in the above photo collage, Hester van Eeghen loves to use black as a palette to showcase other colors. Often these bold colors are hidden and revealed as surprises as a bag is filled. Or, as is the case with the Multicolor Gloves, the colors are revealed when you wave your fingers!
Multicolor Gloves lined with Cashmere designed by Hester van Eeghen

Many people wear black clothing and carry black bags but few report black as a favorite color (or absence of color). How does black make you feel? Is black still the new black?


*For more on black and other colors, see

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