Stylish Ways To Wear Black & White
Coco Chanel once said, “Women think of all colours except the absence of colour.” To her, black and white form “the perfect harmony”. So when in doubt, go black and white. A colour combination that never gets old, black and white are a fail-safe option for everyday of the week. Take cues from these designers on the Fall/Winter 2017 runways on how to style the monochrome trend that doesn’t have to be boring.
Text: Lena Kamarudin/ The Business Times/ July 2017
Additional text: Cheryl Lim
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If there is one print you should sport this season, it’s black-and white polka dots. Since 1954, when Christian Dior released his “New Look” collection of hourglass dresses decorated with dots ( his bestseller), this classic print has proved its staying power in fashion. For Fall, one of the most notable looks was at Demna Gvasalia’s Balenciaga where the designer paid homage to the Parisian house’s original silhouettes of voluminous shapes. This one in particular is a strapless gown in polka dots– complete with a matching bag.
The Art of Layering
While most of us won’t be able to rock the head accessory shown here for work, we can take cues from this look at the Ann Demeulemeester show. Throw on a black sweater over a white shirt-dress to show off your chic layering and ensures you keep warm from the office air-con.
Opt for Texture
To create more interest with these monochromatic shades, don’t hold back on the pretty details like sequins and tassels or decorative textures. Decadent materials also play a big part in creating a more provocative appeal for this monotonous colour. Some highlights include the ostrich feathered dress at Balenciaga.
Structure is Key
Simple and clean tailoring with exaggerated features like strong shoulders or oversized sleeves will add a powerful impact to your monochrome workwear ensemble. At Céline, the designer took a keen interest in showcasing the garment’s sturdy construction: shoulders were elevated to create a new architectural appeal, while sleeves took on a voluminous style to convey a more avant-garde attitude.