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It’s time to embrace the Contradiction

Sunday, May 11, 2014

What’s black and white and chic all over?


Me and everyone else on the Fab List, of course.


A-listers are proving, again, that you can’t go wrong with classic black and white. Graphic black and white designs are all the rage now—polka dots, chevron stripes, colour blocking, diagonals, diamonds, animal prints, op-art.


Go ahead, mix patterns to your heart’s content. You can’t muck this up, not even if you get dressed in the dark while blindfolded and forget to take your lithium.


If I had to name the B&W trend, I would call it “Contradiction.’’ Mixing two-tone patterns and styles creates a delightful discordance, a contrarian charm, a harmony of opposites. 


Now, let’s get a few things straight. Black is actually a colour I rather dislike. Contrary to the myth that it is slimming, black is a strong, hard colour that stands out against backgrounds and can be harsh on less than youthful skin. It is not for everybody.


Are you a mortician, lawyer, cleric or Audrey Hepburn? No? Then, think twice before you use black as your failsafe go-to colour. It could be like your jealous best friend, who starves your pet and kisses your husband when you are out of town.