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.