I went with black for my first, though my bag has RH. I don't think you could go wrong with anthracite either, though. For me, black is classic and matches pretty much everything I own. As this is one of the few "premier" designer bags that I own, I wanted a color wouldn't limit wearability. For my next bag I'll definitely be taking the plunge and getting some crazy shade, but I'm very happy with my decision to go with black for my first BBag.