Trend Spotting: Graphic Black + White Prints

The most classic of color combos gets a major revival in bold blocking and op-art prints.

Let’s be honest: As far as color palettes go, black and white isn’t exactly revolutionary. Just ask pandas. Or zebras. It’s a no-brainer pairing.

But when designer after designer (Alexander Wang, Michael Kors, and Marc Jacobs, to name just a few) started marching sharp, highly visual black-and-white ensembles down their spring runways, this classic combo suddenly started looking entirely fresh. Optic circus stripes, playfully mod dots, ultra-crisp contrast blocking? We’ll take one of each, please.

Diane von Furstenberg photograph by Anabela Belikova via

Kacie heels, $49.95 at Sole Society; wide-leg trousers, $84 at Topshop; Metro watch, $175 at Kate Spade; and blouse, $49.90 at Zara.

Jason Wu photograph by Daria Strokous via
Tinley Road racing-stripe pants, $69 at Piperlime; Mason by Michelle Mason peplum dress, $495 at Net-a-Porter; L.A.M.B. Dorothee wedges, $394.99 at; and Mattie box clutch, $59.99 at Nine West.
Michael Kors photograph by Romina Lanaro via

Trench coat, $98 at Banana Republic; Krista skinny jeans, $154 at Hudson; Lulu Guinness clutch, $303 at; and Alice + Olivia Dina pump, $295 at Shopbop.