Gold & Black: Perfect Together

Few color combinations are as automatically striking and impactful as black and gold. Though admittedly, like many of my fellow New Yorkers, I had been loving orange and royal blue as of late (regardless of the fact that The New York Mets were not successful in their bid to win the World Series this year).

While I happen to think that black and gold always looks great regardless of the time of day or the season, since it is inherently glam and festive, it could not be more perfect right about now, as we begin the holiday season. And it seems I am hardly the only one who falls back on this classic pairing, since many well-dressed guests have been showing up in different combinations of black and gold at recent cocktail parties and benefit galas.

Giovanna Battaglia in a gilded bathrobe coat and  long black skirt

The always well turned out fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia, arrived at the Bulgari Bacchanal Dinner last month wearing a gilded bathrobe coat, matching bra top, and long black skirt. Looking as though she was chicly lounging around in the comfort of her home, while out on the town, she personified the new dress code: Town and Comfy.  And speaking of dress codes, at the Park Avenue Armory’s annual fundraiser, which was called the Gilded Gala, the dress code was “black tie with a touch of gold”. While it seems many people tend to disregard mandated dress codes, (especially fashion types who generally like to make their own rules), this was one event where most of the guests were apparently more than eager to comply.

Amy Fine Collins

There was Amy Fine Collins in a liquid gold gown accessorized with a black clutch and her black hair; Jamee Gregory in a black feather hemmed short dress in an over scaled gold and black lame houndstooth pattern; Fe Fendi in a long pale gold dress with black horizontal stripes; Archie Gottesman in a gold leather shift accessorized with black boots; and Lori Frankel, whose short black dress was enlivened with black and gold boots. Some of the men even got into the act by creatively adding everything from gilded trainers to pocket squares, scarves, and vests to their otherwise formal black suits. The Midas touch theme continued inside, thanks to Stefan Beckman’s décor, and a beautiful gold harp was played by a woman wearing a long black dress.

Balmain x H&M gold and black beaded jacket

Coincidentally, on November 5th, H&M will launch its collaboration with Balmain’s Olivier Rousteng, and many of the pieces for both men and women, are in black and gold, somewhat of a signature of the designer. To my way of thinking, there is nothing as instantly impactful as adding a touch of gold to an all-black ensemble and luckily, the market is filled with gold (and black and gold accessories).

These are some that have caught my eye:

Marques Almeida gold-tone patent leather shoulder bag, $662.71 
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Vintage Fendi black suede with gold design Palazzo bucket bag, $550
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Vintage Giuseppe Zanotti black leather cuff decorated with gold spikes &studs, $475
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Michael Michael Kors pale gold metallic Keaton sneakers
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Chanel 1990’s gold and ballet flats, $650
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J.Crew’s Biella mirror metallic tassel loafers, $288
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Rebecca Minkoff’s two tone Maddie ankle strap oxfords in black and gold, $245
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– Marilyn Kirschner

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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