Black and White
Admittedly, it’s hard to call black and white a “trend.” The graphic pairing has been around forever and is essentially a classic. However, it truly was everywhere this year, both on and off the runways. And you could totally “have it your way,” to quote the venerable sages over at Burger King. For spring, designers, like Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim, put a sporty twist on it, while Chanel kept it ladylike and Narciso Rodriguez stuck to traditional suiting. Then came Proenza Schouler‘s standout fall collection — the first look, a cropped white jacket with rounded shoulders and a black below-the-knee pencil skirt — still dances in our heads. And let’s not even get into the wonderfully mod Dries Van Noten checkerboard slingbacks, a motif that was later seen on Altuzarra‘s cool ankle boots (now on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue, FYI).