For an elegant and restrained sense of celebration, black is a classic, fail-safe option. It’s also a fashion pack favourite and a collection without it is almost inconceivable. Even Cedric Charlier
, a Paris-based Belgian designer known for his great talent as a colourist, snuck in black leather separates and velvet dresses with just the right amount of severity and soft shine. Saint Laurent
, with a sexiness injection by Anthony Vaccarello, was a parade of black dresses, mostly asymmetrical. Haider Ackermann
suggested dramatic tailoring for evenings with details like pointed shoulder seams and feathers, while at Valentino
, the usual long, romantic silhouettes took a dark, almost ecclesiastical turn.