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Paint it black

We've brought you fiery reds, and soothing blues. This week, Star Lifestyle invites you to the dark side as we explore the shades of black with Cat's Eye's Noir Collection, showcased in our colour-themed Eid Special series.

Black is the colour of authority and power. It is popular in fashion because it makes people appear thinner. It is also stylish and timeless. Black also implies submission. Some fashion experts say a woman wearing black implies submission to men. Black outfits can also be overpowering, or make the wearer seem aloof or evil. Black is a multi-dimensional colour that can mean classic or new. It has an air of intelligence (graduation robes), marked with rebellion (the bad guy), shrouded in mystery (space). It typically symbolizes absence, modernity, power, sophistication, formality, elegance, wealth, mystery, style, evil,(such as in films) death (in Western cultures), fear, emptiness, darkness, seriousness, conventionality, rebellion, anarchism, unity, sorrow, professionalism, and slimming quality (fashion).

How to wear black
Black is a woman's safety net. It can frame and slim, never dates, and can take you almost anywhere. It can be chic and stylish, classic yet modern, if worn well. But beware! Whilst black is an obvious wardrobe basic, it can look dreary and bland. It is likely to be unforgiving on pale complexions and can make olive skin look sallow. Consequently, wearing black on the top half does not suit everyone, as it can be too hard next to the face. Almost any woman can wear it on their bottom-half, however. Black can easily look cheap and washed-out if the cut and fabric is not good quality. There are many different shades of black. Trying to match a black shirt to a skirt or pair of pants can be more difficult than it seems. Black silk, for example, is a different colour to black cotton.

This year, with the goth-inspired hairstyles and dark nails being all the rage, black is back in a big way, holding its own amongst the bright hues that rocked the palette throughout the months. Black is also a perfect tone to show off sun-kissed skin. Try wearing black on the areas you want to slim down (e.g. hips, stomach, arms, bust) and wear colour on the other areas. Black works best with warm colours (e.g. red, purple, pink, yellow) and also some cool (midnight blue and emerald green). It looks surprisingly sophisticated when teamed with navy. Wear this colour as a foil for a brighter highlights; it can be accentuated with clear eye-popping colours like teal blue, orange, fuschia or cherry red. Accessorize with colour for an on-trend look. Ditch the black shoes with a black outfit and go for some eye-popping hues instead. If you think the colour is too harsh or drab for you, opt for shades of charcoal gray or navy blue. Avoid heavy make-up, go for a more subtle natural look. Choose to accentuate the eyes or mouth, but not both.

Cats Eye's Noir collection is edgy and subtle, with both casual and traditional formal wear for men, and party wear for women. Foil printed tees are the new 'It' item for men in this collection; paired with one of their well-fitted black jackets, or worn as-is with a laid back pair of jeans or cargo pants, they are bound to turn heads. With a summer Eid in mind, the line also has linen panjabis with detailed work, as well as a Westernized take on the linen sherwani. As ever, there is also a collection of executive and formal shirts for the urban male.

The women's line offers a collection of chic tops with bold highlights of white, red or orange against a backdrop of black. Accessorized with silver, or striking with tailored details such as ruffles, or simply making a statement with a peppy polka print, these tops are perfect for an evening of fun. Cats Eye also offers a wide range of accessories to go with their outfits.

By Sabrina F Ahmad
Photos: Sayeed Siddiqui
Wardrobe: Cats Eye
Models: Sami and Monalisa


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