Is the glossy black currently listed as one of the popular trends? Perhaps. Does it look appealing on a all matte black outfit? I think so! Whether the fashion world marks it a trend or not and before it was related to catwoman or sadistic practices, the black gloss-like finish has an antiquated enduring style. It's also to no ones surprise that wearing all black in New York is a uniformity seen on the streets among the common people--not only a property of creative heads, and while wearing all black in different parts of the world may mean something different, wearing it here can equate to that of a varnished canvas where our personal stories reflect on.
The high-gloss effect dates backs further from our childhood memories of shiny shoes with stockings. More modernly, this effect is known as 'Patent Leather' and it was introduced to the United States in 1818 by American inventor Seth Boyden who improved it through the use of linseed-oil lacquer coating. Its root process of 'Japanning' or the European imitation practice of applying resin based varnishes over heat-dried layers to be polished in the end result of a glossy finish originates from Asia. So, next time you see that oriental decorative coated pottery, metal or wood, you know where you patent-leather accessories were inspired from. In current times, perhaps to the growth of population, our technology advancement and even our hasty ways of consumption, the use of synthetic finishes such as plastic have reduced the use of Boyden's linseed-oil lacquer coating. Nevertheless, this enduring black gloss style more modernly seen in rainboots and coats can not only protect you from the water but add a historic character finish to the all-black matte look that some of us just enjoy wearing. How would you style it?
Rick Owens wool tunic, Black Peg Trousers, ASOS Epidemic Ankle Boots, Ethically Meda Black Scarf, Prada Patent Tote, Yohji Trench Coat
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