For such a straight forward colour black has a bit of a dual personality.
On the one hand it is dark and brooding, moody and mysterious,
lending an air of melancholy to all who chose to wear it.
From black cats to black magic this colour has esoteric connotations.
Yet on the other hand it is the colour of high style.
With glossy magazines touting ''X is the new black''.
Being stylish and slimming a girl can't go wrong with that little black dress!
Black lists are bad and lists in little black books have all the fun!
Black sheep, black widow, blackmail.
Makes me think of the 'femme fatale' as famed in the old black and white movies.
' The mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire, often leading them into compromising, dangerous and even deadly situations.'
She tries to achieve her hidden purpose by using her feminine wiles,
and to me the femme fatale sums up the dual nature of the colour black nicely
- stylish yet sinister!
1944's 'Double Indemnity' is a great film to watch for femme fatale inspiration.
Watch Phyllis Dietrichson, as portrayed here by Barbara Stanwyck, convincing this insurance salesman to murder her husband so that
Will it all go her wily way? Watch and find out.....