No matter how hard I may try to resist the urge to purchase black clothing or accessories, I’ll always be drawn to the allure of a finely tailored jacket or leather bag in stark black. I find this absence of color to be effortless and simple, yet open for experimentation and fun when it comes to dressing. So when this Fashionista in a head-to-toe look of chic and polished black sauntered across campus, embodying the essence of a New Yorker with a European edge, I had to capture a shot of her!
Name: Klara Widing
Major: Advertising and Marketing Communications
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
Klara Widing: I’m wearing a leather jacket and a dress by Rick Owens, leather boots by Acne and a bag from Balenciaga. I bought the sunglasses from an awesome woman at a Bedford stand in Williamsburg.
CF: How would you describe your personal sense of style?
KW: I guess I’m quite European in my taste, naturally. You rarely spot me in anything other than black. Give me something leather and furry, and I’m sold.
CF: Can you elaborate on what you mean by European? In what way does your ethnic heritage influence your style?
KW: Having a ‘European style’ definitely derives from the fact that I’m European. It’s however a very vague expression since it involves many different cultures and styles. I think there’s a heritage in dressing nicely and being put-together in Europe since history still influences Europeans today. I think people in France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden and many other countries have an ease and elegance that I don’t find quite as often here in America.
CF: What’s it about black that intrigues you?
KW: Black is expressed and used by some of the most fashion forward designers—Kawakubo, Owens, Yamamoto, Demeulemeester and even Chanel herself—whom are anything but boring. Black possesses intangibility and mystery. It doesn’t reveal or overtake its carrier, yet it sometimes functions as a shield. I think you can be a lot more elaborate and daring with black without being vulgar. But of course, vulgarity doesn’t always have to be a bad thing.
CF: Since you’re quite the expert on wearing and appreciating black, can you give us some tips on how to properly pull off an all-black outfit?
KW: I’m very much against fashion rules and the concept of fashion trends; style doesn’t translate from paper or text. However, I would say that the key is to mix textures and materials. For example, leather with fuzzy materials, sheer with loose knits, silk with suede and so on.
CF: If you had to purchase one colored item what would you buy?
KW: I tend to like shirts in patterns and subtle colours, but no neon for me! Blue, ash blue and navy are the colors I would most likely purchase.
How To: Mix up an all-black base of a draped dress and structured leather jacket with a combination of different textures such as this shag vest and a pair of suede ankle boots. Finish it off with minimalistic hardware like a set of cuff rings and a leather satchel.