by Alexandra Phanor-Faury
Never underestimate the power of a classic. For decades, black and white have made a harmonious chic team when it comes to evening dressing. And the reason? It works. On their own, black and white are colors most women look good in, so it’s no surprise that the simplicity and unfussiness of these hues make them two of the most popular colors on store racks. But that doesn’t have to mean looking like everyone else. Women who usually turn to color and prints to stand out are taking note of the style potential of this elegant combo.The spring 2010 collections hinted to a resurgence of black and white. Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Giambattista Valli all showed the color scheme in a number of interpretations from elegant to modern. Whether it’s color blocking, prints, polka dots or stripes, there are endless ways to let loose and be creative with this seemingly dull palette. Remember, if you’re scaling back on color, take the time to experiment with textures and use your accessories to add a jolt of bright color to your ensemble.
We’ve pulled together some of our favorite starlets that have mastered the black and white trend to help you incorporate this look into your wardrobe.
This black jersey Emilio Pucci dress with white panels Ciara wore to celebrate The Model as Muse at the Costume Institute Gala had the singer passing for a top cover girl.
Kerry Washington’s strapless Marchesa gown with sculpted corsage is theatrical in black and white.
Katerina Graham goes 80’s in a black and white color blocked wrap dress with shoulder pads.
Nothing says laid-back cool like a crisp white shirt and jeans.Switch your blue denim for black ones like Angela Simmons for a dressier look.
Vanessa Williams jazzes up her mono-chromatic sheath by exploring prints.
Working the trend can be as simple as wearing a black belt with a white dress.
Solange has a knack for turning a trend on its head. Her unique graphic leggings are an edgy interpretation of the black and white trend.
Beyonce adds a dash of class to her usual uniform of leotards with a black and white satin Armani Prive jacket.
We love how Cassie paired her white dress with a belted oversized parka-made luxurious in fur.
When all else fails, you can always count on looking good in black leggings, a white T-shirt and black boots.
Rashida Jones’ bold printed black and white one-shoulder dress is a bohemian take on the trend.
Rihanna turns to leather to make her black and white statement in cropped trousers and a white princess-sleeve jacket.
Whitney Houston shows off her great figure in a form-fitting white tube dress with a wide black belt with flower details.
Iman makes black velvet look so sexy paired with an embellished white button-down shirt and black pumps.