Posted on 24 May 2016
Black and white have asserted their dominance once again and have been the mainstay at the major fashion weeks season after season and the Autumn/Winter 2016 catwalks were no different. The simple elegance and sleek, polished effect of the colours has been captured by numerous designers.
Alexander McQueen embraced powerful masculine tailoring with a feminine edge, these women are sexy, in control and fashion forward. The devil is in the details and over sized lapels, leather driving gloves in contrasting colours and eclectic hair accessories gave new dimensions to the classic monochrome looks. Simple makeup let the clothes dominate.
Christian Dior were all over the monochrome trend this season, right down to the dark lipstick and a crisp white runway. Their interpretation of the trend centred around high quality fabrics; luxe furs and minimalist tailoring. The nipped in waists, exposed décolletage and exaggerated hips create ultra feminine silhouettes and the fur edging and razor sharp heels stop everything from looking too corporate.
The Cushnie Et Ochs AW16 Collection centred around elegant black and ethereal white pieces (with sparks of red and gold throughout). From short, wet-look, black leather dresses with stiletto boots to soft, flowing 1920s style white dresses, the collection has something for every woman.
While Phoebe Philo for Celine has been pioneering the maximalism trend in recent seasons they still pay homage to their classic monochrome designs, juxtaposing black and white against pops of acid green. Androgynous tailoring, flowing fabrics and sleek accessories finished the collection, giving new life to a traditional trend.
At Paris Fashion Week earlier this year Chanel’s collection wrote a love letter to traditional French fashion, inspired in part by the Paris tragedy at the end of 2015. The monochrome trend was given the classic Chanel touch through intimate tailoring with feminine touches like shimmering fabric, tiny bows and layers of ruffles. Quilting has been everywhere on the runways this season (dubbed the ‘duvet trend’) and Chanel have incorporated this into this season’s collection with thick, padded jackets in neutral tones.
Diane Von Furstenberg’s AW16 Collection had a romantic bohemian feel with soft tweed and ditzy prints contrasted against hard black leather and crisp white shirts. The collection was designed for the confident and free-spirited women; exposed legs, defined waists and the occasional plunging neckline were a celebration of femininity.