People say that the world isn't just black and white. There is rarely a simple distinction between right and wrong, between beautiful and ugly or between Christian Grey's multiple personalities. However, there are certain things you can be sure of, and that includes the fact that black and white look excellent together. They basically prove that opposites attract. During the SS13 shows, we saw a tsunami of monochrome inspired collections. Everyone was doing it. So how do you know what to wear to comply with the trend, whilst ensuring that you stand out from the crowds?
Styling by Rebecca Corbin-Murray
1. Balmain, Striped Low-rise Skinny Jeans; £1,127, motilo.com
A good pair of Balmain jeans will last you a lifetime, so it's all too easy to invest in something classic and, frankly, a bit predictable. Why not explore an equally flattering but slightly more unusual option with these striped jeans?
2. Alexander Wang, Crepe-twill and Fishline Top; £1,379, motilo.com
This top is a work of art. One of our favourite monochrome pieces, it's the sporty black blocks on that white crepe twill which have our hearts in a flutter, especially with that clever cut-out neckline. A twist of feminine detailing in an oversized number is always a good shout.
3. Acne, Mape Striped Leather Biker Jacket; £1,100, motilo.com
If you loved the look of Balmain's striped jeans, but are worried that your pins couldn't pull off such a bold print, then maybe choose Acne's similar looking leather biker jacket. The white makes it light enough to wear over a daytime dress, but the black ensures that it stands good stead in the evening too.
4. Marc Jacobs, Mickey Mouse Sequin-embellished Jersey Sweatshirt; £790, motilo.com
A cheeky novelty nod towards Disney is very Marc Jacobs, and seeing our favourite Mickey Mouse friend in monochrome and embellished with sequins just makes him even more adorable.
5. Each x Other, Striped Cotton-terry Sweatshirt; £174, motilo.com
A Breton stripe is an essential for any chic summer wardrobe. If you're looking for something new, and a little different, try Each X Other. The faded inky stripes on this cotton sweatshirt add a touch of unique bohemia to a very Parisian trend,
6. Proenza Schouler, The PS1 Printed Leather Clutch; £890, motilo.com
We've featured this gorgeous geometric Proenza Schouler clutch before, but that's just because we can't get enough of it. It's so simple, but makes such a strong statement, and subtly gives off an element of structured tribal tones.
7. Reed Krakoff, Leather-panelled Stretch-cotton and Organza Shirt; £940, motilo.com
Reed Krakoff has cleverly mixed together two of our favourite things: flattering sleeveless shirts and leather details. Together they create something that is both office appropriate and demure, but also urban in an edgy way.
8. Pierre Hardy, Cube-print Coated-canvas Shopper; £550, motilo.com
We understand that most people will be in the mood for florals and bright colours as the sun starts to shine, and if you're more inclined to include this trend in a subtle way, this Pierre Hardy shopper is a great option. It's geometry at its very best.
9. Jil Sander, Leather Calf Boots; £790, motilo.com
White boots. The ultimate '70s throwback, and one of the best things you can wear with either a mini-dress a la Mad Menc, or in a space-age way in the style of Barbarella. We also love the black soles, for that added monochrome touch.
10. Proenza Schouler, Basketweave Tweed Jacket; £1,310, motilo.com
When designers come together to mix something so modern with something incredibly heritage, it's always rather satisfying. The juxtaposition between the contrasting monochrome panels and the traditional basketweave tweed makes this a fierce addition to your summer cover-up collection.