This season, it’s time to take fashion tips from a mint humbug, a jailbird or a crosswalk – black and white stripes are the way to make a fashionable summer statement. Perhaps an unusual colour combo for this time of year, but the SS13 runway shows were mad for monochrome. Marc Jacobs debuted the trend at New York Fashion Week with his contrasting, bold mono stripes, closely followed by more of the same from Paul Smith, Diane Von Furstenberg and Moschino but to name a few.
The season’s monochrome trend works with just about any pattern – be it polka dot, geometric shapes or retro florals (embodied by Prada’s Mary Quant inspired pieces in Milan)- but if you’re not a fan of stripes, you may as well abandon the trend now. Be it pinstripe, zebra or Breton; the stripe is never out of fashion, so it is only natural that the monochrome variety is the print to be seen in this summer. Clean, graphic lines paired with the classic contrast of black and white give the effortlessly chic look that can only be achieved by such simplicity. Whether vertical or horizontal, chevrons or a mismatch of multi-directional stripes, black and white stripes are dominating the monochrome movement.
And, speaking of Mary Quant, an obvious nod to the swinging sixties is evident in many of the SS13 collections; from Prada’s aforementioned flower power and the graphic checkerboard designs from Louis Vuitton to Moschino’s miniskirts, shift dresses and retro sunglasses. The revival of the iconic 1960’s mod style was only to be expected with the classic pairing of black with white, a colour palette which is synonymous with the era.
If your bank account is not well enough endowed for splurging on said ready to wear collections, fear not – the trend has hit the mass market retailers in full swing, allowing us mere mortals to shop the trend from head to toe. For the fashionably courageous, take style notes from sixties mod girls like Edie Sedgewick and Twiggy, and style a bold, mini shift dress with heavily kohled eyes and a bouffant. For a softer take on this edgy trend, a flowing, feminine maxi dress will distract from the harsh contrasts – try romantic inspired makeup and loose waves to complete the look. Mix and match monochrome by investing in separates or invest in minimalist, monochromatic accessories-the ideal way to update an LBD or a classic black skinnies and white tee ensemble for SS13.
This special post was written by Ms. Rosie Crompton, a self-confessed beauty junkie and fashion fanatic from the South coast of England. She is also a fashion journalist for UK’s Style In View. You can check out Ms. Rosie’s beauty blog here and say hello!