Wednesday 28 September 2016

Darren Kennedy: modern monochrome

Black and white gets a catwalk makeover with op art and geometrics

Darren Kennedy

Published 13/03/2016 | 02:30

Emilio Pucci AW15/16.
Emilio Pucci AW15/16.
Sports top, €9.99, H&M.
Zig Zag mono coat, €54.99, oxendales.ie.
White cuff dress, €49.95, Zara.
New fashion collaboration: Alexa Chung.

If in sartorial doubt, monochrome is this season's fail-safe option. Timeless and modern in equal measures, the classic black and white is a reliable, go-to palette all year-round. Take your cues from the catwalk and give your black and white combinations a graphic feel.

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On the runways, Valentino clashed stripes and checks combined with optical art monochrome, while at Pucci all-over optics and complex geometrics were added into the equation to dizzying effects. The Italians weren't alone: Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga and JW Anderson all used monochrome to pack a dramatic punch in their autumn/winter line-ups. But it doesn't have to be all about complex combinations. There's a power in the purity of simple contrasts and sometimes black and white with precision, clean lines and sharp silhouettes can deliver just as much impact. 

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Alexa Chung, above, is clearly not one to rest on her laurels and she's just added a major new fashion collaboration to her already impressive CV. Teaming up with highstreet favourites Marks & Spencer, her upcoming 'Archive by Alexa' collection hits stores next month. She's pictured here at the launch party, wearing some of her favourite pieces from the collection. She looks effortless as always in this khaki trench coat  -inspired by a 1950s gabardine - with a white, ruffled 'piecrust' shirt and a pair of light wash denim jeans.

Top tip

When we talk of monochromatic styles, most of us automatically think of black and white combinations but monochrome applies to any combination of varying tones of only one colour. So, if you’re not into black and white, have some fun with different shades of your favourite colour to assemble  an outfit with serious impact.

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