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Black color without any doubts is one of my favorite colors. Therefore I wanted to find out was it always so fashionable? So, what is the history of my bellowed black color?

Speaking of prehistoric history, Black was one of the first colors used in art. In the Medieval World black symbolized both power and secrecy.

In the early middle Ages, princes, nobles and the wealthy usually wore bright colors, particularly scarlet cloaks from Italy. Black was rarely part of the wardrobe of a noble family. The one exception was the fur of the sable.

In the 14th century, the status of black began to change. First, high-quality black dyes began to arrive on the market, allowing garments of a deep, rich black. Magistrates and government officials began to wear black robes, as a sign of the importance and seriousness of their positions. A third reason was the passage of sumptuary laws in some parts of Europe that prohibited the wearing of costly clothes and certain colors by anyone except members of the nobility. The famous bright scarlet cloaks from Venice and the peacock blue fabrics from Florence were restricted to the nobility. The wealthy bankers and merchants of northern Italy responded by changing to black robes and gowns, made with the most expensive fabrics.

The kings and nobility quickly picked up the change to the more austere but elegant black, it began in northern Italy, where the Duke of Milan and the Count of Savoy and the rulers of Mantua, Ferrara, Rimini and Urbino began to dress in black. It then spread to France, led by Louis I, Duke of Orleans, and younger brother of King Charles VI of France. It moved to England at the end of the reign of King Richard II (1377–1399), where all the court began to wear black. European rulers saw it as the color of power, dignity, humility and temperance. By the end of the 16th century, it was the color worn by almost all the monarchs of Europe and their courts.

In the 18th century, during the European Age of Enlightenment, black receded as a fashion color. Paris became the fashion capital, and pastels, blues, greens, yellow and white became the colors of the nobility and upper classes. But after the French Revolution, black again became the dominant color.

Black was the color of the industrial revolution, largely fueled by coal, and later by oil. Thanks to coal smoke, the buildings of the large cities of Europe and America gradually turned black.

The invention of new, inexpensive synthetic black dyes and the industrialization of the textile industry meant that good-quality black clothes were available for the first time to the general population. In the 19th century gradually black became the most popular color of business dress of the upper and middle classes in England, the Continent, and America.

In the 1950s, black came to be a symbol of individuality and intellectual and social rebellion, the color of those who didn’t accept established norms and values.

Women’s fashion was revolutionized and simplified in 1926 by the French designer Coco Chanel, who published a drawing of a simple black dress in Vogue magazine. She famously said, “A woman needs just three things; a black dress, a black sweater, and, on her arm, a man she loves.”

Completely agree to Madam Coco! 

Yours,

Liga xox

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY / by NATALIE BEREZINA

STYLE / by ME x KOSTYA CHRISTIAN

STYLE / CONCEPT /  MAKE UP / by ME, LIGA ZEMTURE

MAKE UP COLLABORATION / GIORGIO ARMANI

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A perfect place in the very heart of London to sip wine in a calm environment, enjoy the elegant atmosphere, and leaf through awesome books. This is one of my favourite spots in London – Maison Assouline (196A Piccadilly, London W1J 9EY, UK. Open 10:00–20:00, with slightly shorter working hours on Sundays). Swans Bar is also there, where you can order coffee, tea, snacks, wine or even champagne, choose any interesting book from the many bookshelves, and disappear into this other world for the whole day if you wish. I usually replenish my fashion book library, which grows larger year by year. I must admit that some of the favourite presents I love to receive are precisely these beautiful and big books, which are a fantastic and inexhaustible source of inspiration, as every time I open any of my books I always find something new.

 

Have a beautiful and inspiring day!

Liga xox

 

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This spring celebrate by playing with check and various patterns. You can express your own sense of style by mixing and matching all kind of things that you couldn’t imagine doing several years ago. And I love it so much because you can create the craziest outfit and blame it on fashion ;)) This look is relatively classic – you could even wear to the office. And you can make it more edgy with the latest trend that I love so much – wearing outfits with sleeves that are longer than normal and instead of two earrings just one that is oversized. So you will achieve a look that is traditional yet will stand out.

 

Have fun!

Yours,

Liga xox

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY / by NATALIE BEREZINA

STYLE / by KOSTYA CHRISTIAN

STYLE / CONCEPT /  MAKE UP / by LIGA ZEMTURE

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Indigo Pearl is all about fusion – mystical and majestic with pyramid details and liana grown walls like from Lara Croft and Indiana Jones movies. Minimalistic concrete walls are also paired with various details from the Wild Wild West movie, as it seems that Will Smith will come and join you by the pool at any time.

We discovered this hidden paradise when we visited the Black Ginger restaurant on our first evening in Phuket. And I can say that this was one of the best Thai food experiences, if not the best, we have experienced in many years of global travel.

The first time we visited Black Ginger we sat inside, and it was a very sophisticated, minimalistic feeling, with a beyond-awesome fresh lemongrass aroma. The second time we sat outside, and I was glad we did because it offered a completely different experience: you could feel nature all around, with the loud and beautiful chorus of crickets.

We liked Black Ginger so much that we decided to stay at Indigo Pearl when we returned from Koh Pha-Ngan at the end of our trip.

Indigo Pearl hotel is a true fusion of design and architecture, and it has many awesome things for different tastes.

The jewel of Indigo Pearl is the gorgeous COQOON Spa – simply unmissable in Phuket. I was also very impressed by the hotel’s art gallery – the paintings of Queen Elizabeth were awesome!

There’s also a great little boutique selling design objects so you can bring a small flavour of Lara Croft, Indiana Jones and Wild Wild West home with you!

 

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