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New York Fashion Week’s color palette: black and white

NEW YORK — Fashion Week in New York is on its second leg, a final frenzied few days before the fashion set jets to London for the next round of September shows. On Sunday night, the Opening Ceremony show served as a warm-up to the finale, which is typically marked by shows from Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren later in the week.

The runway show was a first for the brand, designed by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, who are also the masterminds behind Kenzo. Opening Ceremony marked its full-on runway show debut in grand style with a week-long pop-up shop and mini-mall at Pier 57 and a star-studded show that drew the likes of Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Baz Luhrmann.

The garments came in saturated hues of red and blue, alongside vibrant prints. But the presence of several black and white looks stood out — a thread that linked Opening Ceremony to other NYFW shows.

(Photos by Mark Von Holden/Getty Images)

The neutral hues have been everywhere: starting with monochromes at BCBG to sparkling whites from Cushine et Ochs (like the first look, an asymmetric dress on Karlie Kloss), black leather and crochet at Jill Stuart’s rocker-girlfriend collection and even swimwear from PRISM.

Lacoste showed suits of white for both genders, with sheer paneling and skirts for women. Altuzarra accented a white poncho with a black stripped trim in a look from his breezy and effortless show. Another ensemble — a white fringe top with plunging neck and mid-length black skirt with a thigh-high slit — felt like the pinnacle of his dissembled-cool effect.

(Photos by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images)

Victoria Beckham, whose star power was nearly eclipsed by the presence of her daughter Harper in the lap of husband David Beckham in the front row, presented a collection of crisp dresses and separates predominantly in the two colors. Black flouncy frocks had white pleated details. Flowing white tops landed over baggy black Bermudas and skirts. The designer herself walked out for a bow in a stark white button down and black cropped-slacks.

The colors have also made it to footwear. Shoes of Prey’s collaboration with TOME featured black and white snake skin and feathers.


Courtesy of Shoes of Prey
Courtesy of Shoes of Prey

The palette seems remarkably fresh despite its omnipresence in stores at the moment, a carry-over from last spring into fall 2013. One upshot of the shows this fall: black and white is a safe investment for consumers looking to get wear out of new purchases.

See live video from the remainder of fashion week below.

More on fashion week:

Live updates from The Grid

 Fall fashion trends

 Video: What to expect from NYFW

Is the fashion industry at a crossroads?

Cara Kelly manages the development of editorial tools and presentation for new products and user experiences. She previously worked in the Style section, following the completion of her MA in journalism at American University.



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