Black and white is the new black. Whether you’ve been hanging out in the frow or living under a rock with not so much as a Vogue mag in sight, style lovers from New York to London and Paris to Milan are likely to have at least heard a whisper or gained a glimpse of the monochrome masterpieces striding down the runways for SS15.
Style luminaries leading the way included Diane Von Furstenburg, Givenchy and Monique Lhuillier, all proving that playful patterns, jaunty geometric lines and a cacophony of clashing colours make the monochrome trend anything but monotonous. When the fashion crystal ball (aka, Fashion Week) forecasted this style fortune, the team at Very HQ began creating a curated edit of black and white ensembles. Shall we?
This slouchy-meets-sophisticated cotton knit is by French Connection (you can find it here). How gorgeous is the relaxed shape, three-quarter length sleeves and polo neck combo? The cosy high-neck style offers plenty of warmth before we spring into summer, the loose cut softens up the sharp silhouette created by the trousers and pointy shoes and the three-quarter sleeves provide a fitted finish. In white, too! – I can’t think of a more spot-on piece for a seamless transition into SS15. Perfection in.one.single.jumper. I ♥ it. Love how it’s been styled, too.
I’ve fallen head over heels for these monochrome pointed courts, which hark back to the linear lines that illuminated the runways of Vivienne Westwood, DKNY, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Paul Smith, Paul & Joe, Tommy Hilfiger and Givency (aaaaaaand breathe!), to name just a handful. The skinny trousers in the above all-white ensemble look great on the model, but would not work on me; I’ve found myself looking like a hungover snowman on one too many occasions, after getting my hands on too many white garms at once. My bright blonde hair and English Rose complexion don’t help matters, so I’ll leave this look for the tanned brunettes of the world and swap the white trousers for black. Welcome to my wardrobe to the shoes and jumper, though ;).
I love a good textured wet-look collar or a beaded embellishment, so this white embellished neck blouse is right up my street. Did you see the clean and pristine whites that the SS15 runways were awash with? Dior and Louis Vuitton’s white-clad models made noteworthy pins for my Pinterest board, while this little gem gives a nod back to that beautiful crisp white theme. We can snap it up for ourselves at Definitions.
The cullottes pictured above add a sophisticated edge to this ensemble, though they’re not really my style. If I was famous and wore those, I’d end up on some kind of ‘What was she thinking?” page of Heat magazine. I’d opt for a wet-look skirt, an oversized bag and heeled boots for daytime wear, swapping the boots for court shoes and the oversized bag with the clutch above for a seamless transition from boardroom to bar. Taking a leaf out of Diane Von Furstenburg’s style book, this monochrome ensemble would look great with a playful pop of colour – I’m thinking bright cobalt blues and shimmering emerald greens. Lovely!
The jumpsuit made waves on the catwalks in the sixties and the nineties and remains a timeless piece today. As a garment that’s so transitional and versatile, it’s not hard to pin-point a style to suit every shape and a brand to suit every budget. I love this monochrome pick, which features tailored straight-leg trousers for a sophisticated aesthetic, with spaghetti straps and a cross-over V-neck cut for a feminine feel. The straight lines create a sharp silhouette, reminiscent of Alexander Wang’s geometric shapes that were showcased at the Balenciaga SS15 fashion show.
My favourite part of this jumpsuit is the cinched waist – I like it when tailored pieces like these are finished with lashings of feminine appeal. While the genderless trend is big news, I personally love girly twists on classic looks. This too-cute jumpsuit plays up to the masculine tailoring theme, without losing sight of your feminine figure. It’s by Definitions and is the perfect pick to take you from your desk to after-dark cocktails in the swipe of a red lipstick.
Does anyone else love Kate Moss’ wardrobe of striped furry coats? Proving that this is a timeless trend, I’ve seen her in a few different ones over the years and now Rochelle Humes has brought something similar to Very, in the form of her three-quarter sleeve stripe coat. Perfect for adding a pop of majestical monochrome to your outfit, this coat looks great worn over dresses with heels, for an effortless, ready-made ensemble that makes a statement.
Rochelle’s coat has a distinctly retro vibe, giving a subtle nod to swinging sixties style. The double-breasted design exudes a formal aesthetic, while the cute contrast collar, side pockets and cuffs sharpen up the look. Two trends are better than one, so I’d probably wear this with an embellished dress underneath.
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♥ Laura x