Imagine the PANTONE® color guide, but instead of a thousand shades of the rainbow there is only black, tab after tab after tab, black. For many this immersion would signal finality, but for Japanese designer Kei Ninomiya, black is the beginning. This much is plain to see in an online exclusive for The Last Magazine featuring Naty Chabanenko photographed by Jai Odell. Wearing looks from the newly released Noir Kei Ninomiya collection for Spring 2014, Naty puts paid to the notion that monochrome and monotony are interchangeable. There is nothing tedious about this collection, which in part is the outgrowth of years Ninomiya spent working under Rei Kawakubo as a patternmaker at Comme des Garçons. The importance of form, texture, and detail rises dramatically when working in an all-black palette, which on the evidence Ninomiya has grasped with aplomb. Naty for her part brings out the warmth and intimacy of the collection, not to mention the timelessness of black.
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Credits include: Publication, The Last Magazine Online 6 May 2014; Title, “Noir Kei Ninomiya”; Photography, Jai Odell; Styling, Zara Zachrisson at ArtList; Hair, Kayla MiChele at Atelier Management using Oribe Hair Care; Makeup, Susie Sobol; Set design, Hans Maharawal; Photography assistance, Jared Christiansen, Kiri Wawatai.