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 Style.com
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 Style.com
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 Heels.com; and Mattie box clutch, $59.99 at Nine West.
Michael Kors photograph by Romina Lanaro via Style.com