Why we wear black

Pilgrims, punks, and Coco Chanel would all agree – black has always been in fashion. Never more so than today following the 75th annual Golden Globes where women and men wore black in solidarity to show their support for the Time’s Up campaign.

The Time’s Up movement seeks to stop sexual harassment, assault and inequality for all women in the workforce. It is a long-standing issue brought to the forefront of entertainment news last year following the disgusting Weinstein revelations . It’s an epidemic of power imbalance that affects everyone.

Silence is the great magnifier of inequality, however being voiceless is the only option for many people. The campaign seeks to be that voice for thousands.

‘I want all the girls watching here to know that a new day is on the horizon. When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.’

– Oprah Winfrey (aka Queen)

The reason why black ink on white paper is the most popular colour for printed books, newspapers, magazines, web searches and documents is because it’s the easiest colour to read. Remove the challenge of conflicting contrast and you’ve immediately got a greater clarity.

While that might be the case for print, the reality is not that black and white…the truth is that problems are complex, social constructs are deeply ingrained and to overcome the imbalance of power takes time.

‘Black is the color that goes with everything. If you’re wearing black, you’re on sure ground’

-Karl Lagerfeld

If you know me, you know I love to wear black. It’s classic, easy to wear, impenetrable to spaghetti stains and looks good on everyone.  However just as with fashion and life (#newyearsresolution #workingonit) we shouldn’t want to be on ‘sure ground’. We shouldn’t accept the status quo.

Life is about taking risks, and taking stands. Instead of pledging to wear black, we all need to pledge to have a voice and way more importantly support others to have one.

I love that women created and led this movement. I didn’t like reading comments that criticised men for talking too much, or not enough.  Similarly I couldn’t help but grimace reading leading headlines that screamed ‘Best and worst dressed at the Golden Globes 2018’. Both miss the point.

The choice to wear black today was a moral statement, not a fashion statement. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good fashion recap, but today we didn’t need to pit women against each other.

‘Be a great man, instead of always being a good boy’

-Vanessa Abrams

Yes, I did just quote Vanessa from Gossip Girl.  I think we could all take that advice from an albeit lighthearted source, to heart.  Everyone should seek to become great, instead of good and choose to be brave over safe. I haven’t made very many resolutions for 2018 but perhaps that should be mine.  Standing together can be ours.

Today black took on a new meaning. This is not a colour trend or style fad, it’s not going away any time soon.

#HowWillIChange

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