Thursday 25 December 2014

Life in mono

Published 08/03/2013 | 14:51

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 03:  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend Givenchy  Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 3, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend Givenchy Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show, Paris Fashion Week
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Nicole Richie arrives to attend the Stella McCartney Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)
Blazer, €67, and stripe knit, €25, both River Island; print trousers, €39.95, H&M; wedge shoes, €56, Oasis, and bracelet, stylist’s own
Belted jacket, €242, and leather boots with open heel, €81, both River Island; vest top, €8, Dunnes Stores, and stripe jeans, €49.95, Vero Moda
Black and white print scarf, €12.95, and monchrome stripe shirt, €21.95, both Vero Moda; gold bangles (part of set), €3, Penneys; black high-waist leggings with zip detail, €25.95, Zara, and black leather boots with open heel, €81, River Island
Houndstooth-print snood, €19.95, H&M, and silver cross ring, €16, River Island
Dress with sheer panelling, €45, and hat, €20, both River Island, and dalmatian-print belt, €49.95, Karen Millen

This season's monochrome trend will give you ample opportunity to re-work all those black-and-white items in your wardrobe. What's more, this season brings the addition of strong artistic flourishes to match your personality.

Grids, stripes, checkerboards and abstract prints -- they're all in the mix.

Inspired by the catwalk, the high street -- from River Island and Zara to Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins -- has taken an equally dramatic approach.

There's lots to love, including vertical stripes, which are brilliantly leg lengthening, and simple belts that lift workwear.

You can't ignore the 1960s 'pop art' accessories that lift the basics, either -- even inexpensive tights or scarfs put you on the starting blocks for monochrome outfits.

Grab some inspiration from the catwalk. Louis Vuitton dressed the upper and lower body in different-sized checkerboards, while Jil Sander's minimalist approach was to vertically colour block, with a dress split in both colours.

Marc Jacobs threw caution to wind and worked horizontal stripes on top with criss-cross checks on the bottom half, while Chloe used floating, sheer organza tops as a connection between colour blocking on the upper and lower body -- something you could do with existing wardrobe favourites.

For glamour, look to Givenchy, who lined his black satin with white. Kate Upton broke hearts when she wore it on the cover of 'Vogue'.

Monochrome has worked on the red carpets, while closer to home, racegoers will be in their element, à la Audrey Hepburn in 'My Fair Lady'. The mother-of-the-bride sector has always adored this colour combination, too, and they can look to Christian Dior's harlequin diamond patterns or Balenciaga's ruffles for inspiration.

 

Irish Independent

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