Darth knew all about making an impression ... and the importance of having just the right accessory .
Lola Flores , a hugely admired Spanish singer , was anything but monochrome but could , when out to dazzle , wear black to perfection .
And , of course , there was Coco Chanel
I went to the Gemeente Museum in Den Haag last week and joined all the Chanel groupies going round its Coco exhibition .They were a strangely colour-coordinated crowd , silver haired and almost religious in black with touches of white ... lots of them wearing a large silver brooch with the entwined Chanel logo in black ... rather as though they were a display of handbags .
But no one was wearing the jewellery , perhaps understandaly since it was only eleven in the morning .
It was as frustrating as all costume displays in that you couldn't examine the clothes properly or feel the material , but I felt suitably overawed by such elegance , rather like a new tweeny at Downton Abbey . I wished I hadn't worn such a very large red scarf . And then I'd had enough .
I caught sight of a splash of colour beyond the door ....