What better way to get dressed chicly, quickly, than by wearing black and white? In the words of Coco Chanel: “Women think of all colours, except the absence of colour. Black has it all. White, too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Theoretically, of course, this is absolutely correct. Unfortunately it can be surprisingly tricky to get black and white right in real life.
Along with the wardrobe-friendly trends that emerge from the runway, each season ushers in some of the more challenging ones too.
Thanks to their shapeless silhouettes, maxi skirts have long sat in that camp along with peplum pieces and playsuits. But one of the most striking recent examples is Birkenstock-type sandals.
Once universally accepted as among the least appealing footwear, it took months for them to catch on after Phoebe Philo thrust them back into the spotlight when she sent models down the runway in fur-lined versions at Celine’s spring 2013 show.