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Baroque Black Tie: It’s Not Just Black and White Any More:

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Fashion visionaries are making some very bold fashion statements this upcoming season, especially when it comes to formal fashion.

While the little black dress epitomized style and elegance, modern day () are far from back in black.

Color is quickly replacing the somber shades of black, grey and blue (though some hues of blue such as navy and navy combinations are hot among the haute).

According to industry epicureans, black is “passé”. In fact some associate black and white ensembles with giving the appearance of working in one of the service sectors (wait staff, hair designer, cleaning staff, etc.)

Experts emphasize that while black has always epitomized austere sophistication, it has also traditionally typified swarthy seriousness. And, with ascetic atmosphere dominating most other aspects of our lives and environments, designers are focusing on making fashion an uplifting experience through vibrant, exhilarating chroma.

Among favorites for fall are majestic tones and textures including: chocolate browns, yellows, teal, and royal blues….and combing them with Prince of Wales checks and tweed tailoring. Fashion aficionados also suggest majestic tones such as magenta, sapphire, mossy greens, and sky blue. They recommend classically charismatic tweeds in heather, grey, and fawn juxtaposed with vividly vibrant satin and lacy camis, bustiers, and slips.

As far as summer attire is concerned. It just makes more sense to “avoid” black or any of the darker shades that are known to absorb and retain the heat. A few basic staples should include blues, whites, and soft nudes. And women shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with bold, brash, colors and patterns, especially in contrast to softer shades of blues, greys, browns, etc.

And for those (still) beguiled by black, fret not. Black will always be in style, especially for (formal) eveningwear, and you can invariably rely on the basics, including some enhanced with the opulent ornamentation of color and design.

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