"I love to watch people's reactions when they walk in," says Blackmail moll Gail Chovan. The local performance artist (formerly known as Lydia) turned boutique baroness especially loves it when "Seventies polyester chicks come in, look around, and scream." Black is sexy - not to mention slimming. But try telling that to a generation nostalgic for electric psychedelic pedal pushers, spandex neon platform pumps, and bunches of Bradys and Partridges they never even lived through the first time. Chovan's elegant shop, in case you haven't guessed, is draped in the tone, style, and spirit of black & white, or more accurately, the majority of its classic and understated stock is black- basic black. While the "Swing" generation has certainly taken a shine, Chovan's taste and aesthetic come from a much more personal spot. "I just think everyone looks good in black," she beams. And it's her mission to have plenty of it around for those who want to.
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