As Project Runway says, “In fashion, one day you’re in. And the next day, you’re out.”
This has held true through decades of fashion. We’ve made it so far that the things that were in style years ago have gone out of style and made a reappearance in recent years.
But there’s one thing that never goes out of style: black. We can try and try to say that pink, blue, purple, etc. is the new black, but come on. No one can touch the original.
Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen, knows this better than anyone. In her fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection, she tells a story of a flower coming to life and then withering away. She starts the show with her models draped in black, and as the show progresses, her girls begin to show pops of color in vibrant red before returning back to black.
Because black is such a staple piece, you can mix and match it in so many ways and still look chic. I like to play with texture a lot when I’m using a monochromatic palette; it gives the look the extra spice to make it sizzle.
For this look, I paired black, knee-high boots with a black, fringe kimono and a black choker necklace. The jeans are denim; while my kimono has velvet and my choker is suede. Even though these pieces have varying textures, they still look polished and put together.
To play off Burton’s pop of color in her show, I’ve added my own pop of color with my lipstick. This look can be achieved in variety of ways and colors: chunky earrings, bold nail polish or whatever fits your signature style. The trick is to be subtle without it. Let the black sing while the color hums along.