Friday, 31 August 2012

A 5-Year Fall Retrospective: It's Black, It's White...

"It's black, It's's tough for you to get by
It's black, it's white , whoo - ooh, yee-yee-ye"
Remember those lines from Michael Jackson's "Black or White"? Those words been running through my head all week long '... if you're thinking 'bout my baby, it don't matter if you're black or white'? Oh, Michael! And, Fall trends over the years certainly prove MJ right... so, if you're looking to win the style jackpot wherever! whenever! whoever you are! - then you must trust in the power of the "All-Black" and the "All-White" (well, that's another story-for another day).

Black Fashion Styling: The Trend That Never Quits!
A classic wardrobe staple, black is stylish, edgy and always in season! From the Little Black Dress, the Classic Black Jacket to the always-handy black pumps, black styling over centuries have given us many classic staples that prove you can never go wrong all-blacked up. Flexible too, all-black style transcends fashion genres and easily flows from classic and elegant, goth and mysterious, to frilly and ladylike... damn hawt! We're going down memory lane, and drawing great tips from all-black fall trends from the past five years. Enjoy...
Fall/Winter 2008-2009
Revamped Classics
Jean Paul Gaultier/Chanel/Dior/Moschino/Valentino
Our Lesson:
Black is classic. Undeniably so. But classic can be a tad conservative. To rev up your style-ometer with black classics for fall, try updated takes on the old classics - try a shiny black trench, a bulbous black jacket or a LBD with an edgy twist. To stand out some more in your good ol' classics, wear statement accessories that'll bring the pop factor back to town.
Fall/Winter 2009-2010
Textured Chic
Tadashi Shoji/William Rast/Louise Goldin/Nicole Miller/Terexov
Our Lesson:
A perfect way to glam up your all black look is to mix it up by wearing different textures - shiny with matte, velvet with cotton, sequins with lace, knits with wovens, sheers with opaques, etc. That way, you are decked all in black - but you don't look boring or Addams-sy!
Fall/Winter 2010-2011
Luxurious Drapes
Alexander Wang/Derek Lam/Donna Karan/Narciso Rodriguez/Elie Saab

Our Lesson:
Black is elegant and chic but black can also be a tad bland, lets admit it. It comes with intrigue, goes with everything else but lacks the sass, the vibrancy of bright colours. To make more of a statement with your all-black look, wear draped designs and looks. They feature stylish complicated ruching and artful gathers that are ultra-femme, breathe elegance, give life to dull outfits and make a bold statement too - a true statement of luxury and class!
Fall/Winter 2011 - 2012
The Lady Meets the Tramp
Jason Wu/Gareth Pugh/Prabal Garung/Vera Wang/Lanvin
Our Lesson:
We love the sheer delicacy of lace and chiffon, and how they effortlessly bring our feminity to the fore... But what we love even more, is when the nice girl gets tough! An awesome way to give some character to your all-black look this fall is to mix girly and delicate styles with some good ol' tough and edgy 'vixen' sass... and leave them all wondering who you really are... How we'd wear this trend would be to throw a zip-detailed bomber jacket on a delicate chiffon gown or to pair a long sleeved lace minidress with thigh-high leather boots, a sleeveless leather vest and spiked accessories!
Fall/Winter 2012 - 2013
A Touch of Gold
Dolce and Gabbana/Ferragamo/Jason Wu/Marni/Versace
Our Lesson:
Who says all-black has to be all black? We love how a touch of gold makes all black more glamorous and classy without losing its edginess or touch of fetish glamour. Whether it's exploring the Sicilian Baroque style, embroidered with beads or handworked with gold lace, stitching and embroidery, gold accents pumped the 'All-Black' up in royal style this year, and it gave us many swell ideas too!
To cap it all up, here's a look at Michael Jackson's "Black or White", one of our favourite videos of all time. As little kids, we used to watch this video over and over and over again...
So, will you be rocking all black this fall?
Here, we're counting on seeing a lot of bold embellishments, layers, sheer fabric and glitter,(lots of glitter) this year.  We'd love to know how YOU plan to wear the all-black look ...
Ciao, and have a fun-tastic weekend!



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  2. This is a great post! All black is so classic and chic. My favorite is Fall/Winter 2009-2010, love the textures. What a fun way to play up a look. I also love the Fall/Winter 2012 - 2013 with the touch of gold; the brocade/baroque era is so cool!

    1. Thanks a lot, Wil! Mixing up textures is certainly fun! We are so jumping on that bandwagon! We love the baroque trend too - and are so glad that it's taking over the fashion scene too! Have a great weekend dear!

  3. Hey! I love this trend and the lines from MJ. Thanks for sharing Dearie. *Hugs*

    1. Thanks, Dalton!*hugs back* How are you this fab Saturday?

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  5. For sure will rock all black this fall. Amazing post, loved it, xoxo

  6. Wow, great inspirations :)

  7. Nice post!!
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