Trend Alert: As Simple as Black & White

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Have you noticed the subtle but marked evolution in fluid silhouettes? There is an increasing concentration on clean architectural lines and more structured shapes within the loose-fitted frame. What better way to project crisp, minimalism than with a color pallete anchored in black and white? There are many way to sport the neutral hues which when paired together become a strong statement force. The combination has been around the block a few times over and keeps coming back in a different package, possibly because opposites attract. This season the emphasis has been on print, color blocking, and shading. When you filter out all the distracting colors you can draw attention to the actual textures, drape, and designs.

Ayesha Farook Hashwani Color Block

We love the recent concept of separates that has gained popularity among designers. Individual articles of clothing thrown together for a more versatile and off beat look. Black and white separates are a classic goto.  A white top with black pants such as this Ayesha Farook Hashwani halter with a diamante brooche is something you just can’t go wrong with! Another advocate for separates is Sania Maskatiya with her signature printed palazzos which have been going strong since their first appearance in her debut Dilkash Collection.

Sania Maskatiya Matyala (left) and Dilkash (right)

Sana T black and white owl screen print and stripes

Would you rock black and white as a bride? Mina Hasan shows you how with this gorgeous white net ensemble with black borders and silver detailing, perfect for a valima bride. The blend works beautifully in formals when combined with net textures such as this elegant thread worked dupatta and kurta from Misha Lakhani’s debut collection available at her recently launched flagship store. The skinny needle work has a timeless charm about it and the black lining showing under the white has a universal appeal.

Sonya Jehan for Mina Hasan styled by Natasha Khalid and photographed by Nadir Firoz Khan

Misha Lakhani threadworks at her flagship store

Color blocking is probably the most popular form of wearing black and white these days. Be it a sharp geometric cut such as that given by experimentalist Feeha Jamshed, a touch of sequined glamor characteristic of AFH, or conventional aesthetics as displayed by Mahavash Lehri of Mavz Couture (feature pic). The possibilities are endless. Maheen Karim executes shaded color blocking with black and white ever so gracefully with this embroidered wrap dress (feature pic). Another way to go is to add bits of color to the neutral base such as this authentic Shehla Chatoor kimono enhanced with floral gaara embroidery modeled with poise by Fareshte Aslam with a pair of tights.

Mahira for Feeha Jamshed

Fareshte Aslam in a kimono by Shehla Chatoor

At the other end is the world of black and white print. There’s a whole lot going on from the psychedelic geometrics of Aamna Aqeel and Sania Maskatiya’s Matyala collection to edgy block prints by Sana T, Rabia Wahab of Fiction Concepts and Blocks by Umme Hani. The bold graphics of Nida Azwer are vividly appealing. Her latest grass print on white resembles night shadows that offer an all together different aesthetic dimension. Animal prints were and always will be in style as demonstrated by Rida Shazad and Maheen Karim. Nature never gets old, and neither do stripes or polkas for that matter!

Aamna Aqeel Eid Collection 

Nida Azwer at Labels  photographed by Ayaz Anis and styled by Raan Khan

Fiction Concepts by Rabia Wahab

How do you like to wear your white and black?!

 Leapord print applique by Rida Shazad

 

Blocks by Umme Hani

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