Beyond Basic Black & White

This story appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Eidé Magazine. Read it here, or click to read it in the issue below.

The dichotomy of the light and darkness of black and white has been used to symbolize classic counterparts like good and evil, right and wrong, and day and night throughout history, and on the ready-to-wear runways for Spring 2013 — black and white represents a fashion trend.

From graphic motifs at Mulberry, Stella McCartney and Thom Browne and monotone separates at DKNY to bold stripes at Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana and Oscar de la Renta and checks at Louis Vuitton, this season, designers took black and white from basic to bold, with statement-making ensembles that proved these two hues can live side by side harmoniously, at least where sartorialism is concerned.

“It’s all about contrast this season,” according to designer Jason Wu, who showed a collection featuring pieces of black leather paired with white chiffon at New York Fashion Week. “I love the idea of taking something almost quite innocent and mixing it with something not very innocent,” he added. BCBG Max Azria had the same Helmut Newton source of inspiration; Mr. Azria and wife Lubov sent white crepe dresses overlaid with black leather harness-like designs down the runway. Some designers, like Alexander Wang, not only featured clothes in black and white, but showed collections that were entirely devoid of other color (bar a few looks in nude and silver).

So if you assumed spring always meant pastels and paisley, the catwalks clearly demonstrated otherwise, and created a new standard for springtime style: basically, black and white is what to wear in the months ahead (pun intended).