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23rd September 2013


From stark colour blocking to statement prints, the new season proves everything looks better in black and white. Ahead of this week’s STYLE BIRMINGHAM LIVE catwalk, our Fashion Editor LISA PIDDINGTON falls for fashion’s complete contrast.

If there’s one colour combination guaranteed to send a fashionista’s heart fluttering then it’s black and white. Versatile, demure and simply chic, this colour combination rarely goes out of style remaining comfortably within fashion’s radar from season to season.

Black and white has certainly worked its magic for A/W13, dominating the new season collections from our greatest design talents – striking stripes at Marc Jacobs, block patterns at Marni and gorgeous graphics at Proenza Schouler. Demonstrating just how bold and fresh this classic combo can be, Giles incorporated fine black and white patterns contrasted with bold outlines, while Mary Katrantzou opted for breath-taking digital trompe l’oeil landscapes.

Away from the catwalks, what I love most about this colour trend is that, rather unlike fashion, each and every one of us can embrace it. After all, who doesn’t have pieces in their wardrobe that instantly work? A simply white T-shirt that can be worn with a classic black blazer, for example, or a plain shift can be updated with monotone accessories.

Whether you go for colour blocking, out-there prints or bold florals there’s one thing for sure – there are no grey areas when it comes to black and white.

Harvey Nichols will be showcasing this most chic colour combination on the Style Birmingham catwalk this Saturday (September 28).

Pictured, clockwise from top left: Mary Katrantzou satin print dress, £1,635; Major Minor draped dress, £220; Just Cavalli peplum dress, £415; Saint Laurent Paris loafers, £500; NARS nail polish, £13.50; Chloè shoulder bag, £1280; and MSGM printed skirt, £290.