From the daily archives: "Sunday, March 10, 2013"

Trending Black and White

Any analysis of spring ’13 will find the reemergence of a black and white color schemes. After seasons of moody neutrals, this may be disconcerting for some. Fashion minimalists, however, are jumping for joy. Before you write it off, remember the words of Miranda Priestly: “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” Miranda is telling us to embrace what feels counterintuitive, different. So take notes from Giambattista Valli’s Spring ‘13 Collection and look for menswear-inspired black skinny pants, white trim sheer tanks, or color blocked blouse and pencil skirt combinations. For more graphic inspiration look to Balmain. Their Spring ‘13 Show, filled with geometric shapes mixed with white lace, was coolly aspirational. Black and white underpins any wardrobe; in juxtaposition, the two shades feel invigorating, and you’ll never look like you’re trying too hard. For more tips on putting together salt and pepper, click style notes.



The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) fashion movement began in the 1970s as an alternative to mass consumerism. Considered a creative pastime and a cost-saving activity, the trend remerged as disenchanted fashionistas and budding bloggers began fabricating costly pieces that they’d seen on the runway. Exemplifying the trickle-up theory of fashion, designers who showed at Paris Fashion Week integrated DIY into their new collections.
Belgian designer Anthony Vacarello collaborated with Anthony Turner (L’Oreal Professional) to create a youthful beauty look. Accenting easy fit outerwear and dresses, Turner creates tousled, “morning after” chignons by putting models’ hair into high ponytails and pinning. With a few strands arbitrarily yet artfully left out of the ‘dos, it looked like models had disheveled hair themselves, adding devil-may-care attitude to the show.
Rabih Kayrouz paired elaborate knits with untidy, low-slung ponytails. The hair, created by Delphine Courtielle, and inspired by “messy Brit girl edge,” was center-parted on top and backcombed at the base, adding remarkable textural contrast in an achievable piece of DIY.
Tailoring the perfect dress takes practice, but even beginners can achieve unfussy hairdos. So the best thing about these looks is that they empower people to embrace their favorite designers’ work, while customizing to their personal aesthetic –– which is the thrill of DIY. For a quick tutorial on creating messy buns, similar to the ones seen in Paris, click style notes.