One doesn’t have to force black into simultaneously looking elegant and sensual; giving the right circumstances and the right styling, black does the job alone, unaffected, as if knowing the directions to follow by heart. However, most of times black does bag for simplicity, for the absence of complication, asking for nothing in return, other than enough space to spread its incredible spirit.

Capturing countless variations on simplicity, some quiet, others plain sexy, Sergey Korolkov photographed a gorgeous Maria Popova dressed in inspiring all-black.

Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov

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Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov
Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov
Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov
Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov
Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov
Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov
Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov
Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov
Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov
Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov
Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov
Maria Popova by Sergey Korolkov

Set in a sumptuous decor painted in a beautiful combination of gold, rust and copper tones, the photo shoot best depicts the idea of contrast, using opulence to cast light on simplicity. A tuxedo jacket layered directly on the skin, a fitted jumpsuit beautified with sheer lace inserts, a dress that appears to hug the body in all the right places, talk about a smart interpretation of austerity.

With gorgeous bronze make-up by Tonya Pushkareva, check the complete photo shoot by Sergey Korolkov (sergeykorolkov.com) starring Maria Popova (maria-popova.com), at the above gallery.

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