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Posted on March 28, 2013 by Marco Maggetto

Blue is the color of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. The ancient Egyptians used it to represent heaven. Blue also has religious meaning since it’s the color of the veil of  the Virgin Mary. Inspiration, sincerity and spirituality, blue is often the chosen color by conservative people and it’s famous for being a calming color. Black instead is the color of night, mystery, unknown. In color psychology the meaning of the color black is protection from external emotional stress. It is famous for being used by people who want to hide or want to create a  barrier between itself and the outside world. I’m not a conservative nor someone that get easily calmed down by a color, but I always like the combination of blue and black. Originally a bad taste sign, they were too similar too be paired, the two colors together were banned from every possible matching combination until Miuccia Prada decided, in mid 90ies, that they were not only a spectacular combination but also the new minimalist sign, the perfect hybrid.  Since Mrs. Prada broke that rule, designers have played largely with “the duo” but it’s Phillip Lim 3.1 with its 2013 Spring Summer collection that won my personal award and trust. His fresh and graceful way of balancing sport and formal get an historical benefit with the use of these two beloved colors. Have a look at the entire collection or stop by and touch it to discover the poetry of the two masters. Duality, differences, similarity: discover the moment when the two twins were separated and suddenly re united.

Above, milkshake of Phillip Lim 3.1 SS 2013