Colorless Runway
"Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White, too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony” - Coco Chanel
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FASHION DESIGNER: MENA LOMBARD FASHION STYLISTS: AMANDA PERNA, CARLOS MARRERO HAIR & MAKE-UP: CAROLINA LASANTITA MODEL: ALLEYA SLAGTER PHOTOGRAPHER: FLÁVIO IRYODA
So we love colors. They make it pop, they make it drop, and our confidence levels shoot through the roof anytime we think hot pink, lime green, or mustard yellow. Those are indisputably statement colors that can make you feel wholesome and just harmoniously vibing with life. On the morrow of bright fashion, though, one couple will never ever break up: the inseparable black and white. The unsaid statement logic that you follow when you slip on a simple white shirt accessorized with silver bangles, a black skirt, and dark makeup makes the fashion world spin. But at the same time, we love black and white. We love the absence of color. And among the spring-splattered colored textiles creeping up on the runways this year, we are choosing to rejoice in the purity of outfit nothingness that speaks volumes when it comes to style.
BLACK IS THE OLD BLACK, BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK
Black disconnects from the rest of the world, breaks away in style, and needs no exterior elevation to stand its ground. “You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. Black is actually a shade that absorbs every wavelength of light, hence every color from the spectrum rather than reflecting it, which is why it is often labeled as the absence of all colors.
...OR WHITE IS THE NEW BLACK?
Our brains interpret reality, and colors are born in the brain’s visual cortex in the form of electrochemical impulses that cones on the retina, which are receptor cells, send to the visual cortex when they detect wavelengths of light. For instance, three wavelengths of light detected by the cones on our retina give us white. Various proportions of wavelengths give what our brains will perceive as different colors. Colors are virtual, and they make up the world. The absence of color is the absence of light, and it makes up style.
BLACK & WHITE: DOES IT REALLY WORK?
When you go to brunch or on a date, what do essentially you reach out for? Black or white. If Michael Jackson sang it, then it must be true. Or is it? “Black and white always looks modern, whatever that word means.” We did not invent it - avant-garde fashion innovator Karl Lagerfeld said it. However, we then need to ask ourselves if wearing black and white sits at the apex of boring. Does it though? Although the colors are pure and simple, there is an immense complexity that lies in putting together a completely flawless B&W look, where the pieces echo each other so much that the look becomes unmissable. It is actually easy to combine black and white when you keep in mind to steer clear from the classic white shirt/black pants. Break from the norm with a play on fitted styles, mix up the volumes and proportions for maximum effect, and layer light and dark with a myriad of accessories to boost your look.
2021 IS MAKING IT WORK
Trends rise and rest, only to rise again when you least expect them to. By now, a handful of fashion designers have already presented their FW21 collections to our eager eyes, and guess who the star of the show is? Black and white. Valentino has paved the way to a totally black and white season, with no end to the ways they styled both colors together. Prabal Gurung, Carolina Herrera, Comme des Garçons, Louis Vuitton, Mugler, and Oscar de la Renta are a few names that firmly sit their opinion in the discussion for B&W fashion this spring and fall 2021.
BUT HOW DO THEY MAKE IT WORK?
A sprinkle of a pattern is always welcome, and that is the secret of those leading fashionistas. Play with more patterns, put your finger on the most unexpected proportions, marry them with texture, and wear this combo feeling shamelessly sexy. Underdogs Roksanda and Ports 1961 show that black and white is the new go-to in their 2021 collections. Roksanda has sewn incredible black outlines of feminine bodies on pieces of their latest collection. At the same time, Ports 1961 released a few models in their Spring/Summer 21 collection featuring contrasts and patterns of silhouettes kissing on their dresses. The world is just running amok for black and white, with a tasteful sense of volume and flatness independently blended together. As a result, expressive clothes with non-colors that denote délicatesse and irresistible charm.
COLOR OR NO COLOR: MAKE BLACK & WHITE YOURS
Fashion is a game, which plays you while you play it. Look for adventure when mixing up black and white. Play on prints and designs with one carefully selected statement piece in your outfit; from the zebra stripes to polka dots, everything is fair game as long as the rest of the look relies on essential items—Houndstooth, leather, silk, lace. Accumulate, combine, make it drop. Loud. If fashion brings out your most experimental side, dare to create a mix-up with several crisp patterned pieces that you can dress up or down with the right accessories. When it comes to black and white, color block is a fact, and you can expose your true style while amping it up with dark or bright makeup. However classic your outfit may be, incorporating some texture to it will tie in intricate geometry for the illusion of a new modern. Black and white were never out, yet they keep pushing their way in season after season. Instead of playing with much-used-and-acknowledged brights for the warmer seasons, get back to visually attractive basics for even more screaming elegance this year. We have nothing but awe before the endless possibilities of these multidimensional non-colors. Reinvent black, reinvent white, debut fashion.

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