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Women in black

Since my bereavement I have come to appreciate the old uses of wearing black

By Jean Seaton   January 2006

The colour of night is back in fashion. Girls in black swing sexily, seriously down streets. It is black as itself again, not black as a foil for everything else, but black in its own right. Genevieve, a friend of my son, appeared in my kitchen clad in it from the top of her clever head to the tip of her charming toe. I eye it like a long-lost companion. Like most women of my generation I have had several long, passionate affairs with black. The colour seems loaded with grown-up meaning; articulate yet disciplined, proper and yet exotic. It…

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