When it comes to weddings – a celebration of love and life – old-fashioned wisdom would interpret the act of wearing black – the color of death, mourning and despair – as a tacit statement of disapproval. It would be an invocation of misery and it would be like announcing to the universe, “I do not care about this couple’s romantic fate.”
But this is no longer the Victorian era, and Selena Gomez attended the wedding of ex-boyfriend Samuel Krost – Fyre Festival’s talent booker – in head-to-toe black: an aqueous silk dress with Jimmy Choo stilettos and Aupen’s crystal-surfaced Miracle bag.
If anything, Gomez was compounding a contemporary tradition laid out by celebrities like Zoë Kravitz and Kendall Jenner – who wore LBDs to Margaret Qualley and Lauren Perez’s weddings – while each of Sofia Richie’s bridesmaids wore black gowns. If Gomez wanted to cackle in the face of superstition, then she might have worn a literal wedding dress. Like Nicki Minaj, Maude Apatow, Chloe Cherry and Julia Fox: all of whom have emerged on the red carpet looking, some might say, like vengeful 19th-century spinsters.