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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Fashion: How to wear... monochrome

How to Wear ...

Darren Kennedy

Published 15/02/2014 | 02:30

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Fashion from the Victoria Beckham Fall 2014 collection is modeled, during New York Fashion Week.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Fashion from the Victoria Beckham Fall 2014 collection is modeled, during New York Fashion Week. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
from the Myleene Klass collection at Littlewoods Ireland (74),
From the Myleene Klass collection at Littlewoods Ireland
Aliquo model

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Fashion is having a mono-moment after the classic colour pairing was given a makeover for 2014.

Whether using stark geometrics, abstract black and white prints or simply pairing one piece with another, designers have cast off any lingering retro connotations with a modernist approach.

The likes of Jil Sander, Ralph Lauren, Fendi and Victoria Beckham all showcased the crisp colour combo as a standout trend for the upcoming season.

Victoria Beckham took a step away from dresses that cling to the body and created a collection with fluid lines, structured shapes and boy-meets-girl tailoring (in the form of full cropped pants no less). Clever use of frills, ruffles and pleated hems added feminine touches for die-hard fans.

Even Missoni, which is renowned for its colourful global traveller patterns, embraced monochrome.

Personally, I think the easiest way to approach this trend is to keep it simple. It's a classic colourway, so go for a contemporary approach with tailored lines and a pared-down aesthetic. Entirely monochrome outfits always feel a little Parisian and ever-so sophisticated.

Still struggling as to where to begin? Start with a textured white mohair knit and style with a sleek pair of black cropped trousers, a black court heel and a leather biker jacket.

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