I thought it was just me. When I came home from Spring market a few months ago — after reviewing at least twenty collections — I sat down to write and analyze my orders for the boutique. And much to my surprise, there it was, plain in black and white: it was ALL black and white!
Believe me, it wasn’t just a “Julie” moment where I go for the neutrals and forget that there is real color out there in world of women’s clothing. Truly, many of the most remarkable designs for Spring 2013 are either in black and white or are a combination of the two in a graphic print or stripe. As designers often create through their designs an aesthetic that runs contrary to current daily life or escapes it completely, in these uncertain political and economic times, they seem to embrace the unambiguous.
When I most recently perused the fashion magazines to find out what the new season in fashion held for us all, apparently my haphazard curation of the Julia Farr boutique collection was right on point. What Marc Jacobs kicked off in a runway show set in black and white showcasing graphic checker and windowpane motifs, other designers — without any apparent conspiracy theory – followed the same suit down the runways of Paris, Milan, London and New York City with a display of stark graphics.
Indeed, the clean lines, graphic prints, and bold stripes from designers such as Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and Christian Dior all construct the power house statement worn by the alpha female.
So, so long, farewell florals and pastels for now, there’s clearly no grey area here.
Images from Reuters: Marc Jacobs, Reuters: Dior by Raf Simons, Larry Busacca Getty Images North America, Yanos Vlamos Go Runway: Michael Kors and Imax Tree: Oscar de la Renta.