Vogue UK

Black represented a philosophy. In 1991, Carla Sozzani opened her Corso Como store in Milan – a temple of elegiac monochrome clothing, photographic exhibitions by black-and-white masters including Helmut Newton and Richard Avedon, and graphic Fornasetti ceramics. The flaxen-haired Sozzani – rarely spotted in anything but black – appeared like a dark angel in the Italian sun. “Black is pure, clear, clean and strong; it determinants shapes and forms, and is not frivolous,” says Carla Sozzani.