Black Ink White Canvas


Some things just look better in black and white: old French films, snow-drenched pavements, Sephora’s eponymous store front, and of course, your Fall wardrobe. Take a cue from Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week where she incorporated a mishmash array of draped frocks and polished silhouettes in mono tones of black and white. Simple yet sleek, high fashion yet enviably cool.Victoria_Beckham_spring_summer_2015_collection_New_York_Fashion_Week4

The classic color combo gets a sophisticated makeover this season as fashion luminaries bring to the spotlight mod designs and pattern play  From futuristic runway shows to sartorial street fashion, there’s nothing less than swoon-worthy ensembles in this plain palette. Houndstooth. Checkered print. Graphic geometric patterns to name a few.v-9H-24H-23

To reference the ease of black and white pairing, many damsels in Dior and gents in Givenchy rock the two-tone trends by simply pairing 1.) a white lace dress with a moto jacket 2.) white polka dot shirt with leather minis (add sheer tights to ward off chills), or 3.) monotone dress shirt with patterned trousers like this paisley print HERE. Oh the swoon-worthy choices are infinite!H-26v

Adding the tiniest of tweaks to #3, I wore a silk button-down shirt with a pair of palazzo trousers. To steer clear from the antsy job seeker look, I turned the table by choosing a black form-fitting shirt on top of these graphic printed pants. Long and languid in composure, eminently wearable for work and play. Not to mention lengthening your frame as do all high-waisted pants with the shirt tucked in. To complete the look, I wore these Salvatore Ferragamo pumps (with its signature Vara bow like HERE) and a large monogrammed bag like this Louis Vuitton one to keep my downtown-trotting essentials intact.H-18v-8h-37H-42

So let go of the wide-legged panic and try out this drapey flared look devout to style and comfort. Remember — keep the look polished by tucking the shirt in and slightly pulling out the edges; promise you won’t look like a medieval jester! 🙂

Xo~ Lena

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Photos: Jason J Photography

Jacket: Hinge// Top: Banana Republic// Pants: Francesca’s// Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo// Bag: Louis Vuitton


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101 thoughts on “Black Ink White Canvas

  1. I totally agree with you black and white can never go wrong and although I lean towards colors in winter months as i just cannot take so much greyness; I still hold on to black and white looks on days when nothing seems to work. Love the palazzo trousers. Great ideas. Keep it coming. XX


    • Thanks Dan for your thoughts, yes I’m the same way where I like my outfits to have one or two vibrant hues (there’s only that many shades of monochrome). But yes every once in a while when you just want to make a look effortless without compromising style, a black and white combo would do the trick. Thanks for that input dear happy Monday!


  2. Hi Lena! I think this is one of my favorite looks from you. This outfit is so effortlessly stunning and elegant. I am also a big fan of Victoria Beckham’s structured sheaths and menswear inspired pieces with a feminine touch. Those pants are beautiful. I only wish I could find similar pants that were long enough for me:) And you are wearing that awesome Hinge jacket again-I need to bring out mine in a future post. I also love those Ferragamo shoes. Are they comfortable? My mother in law has several pairs of flats and heels from Ferragamo and I am thinking about asking for a pair this Christmas. I hope you have a great day! ~ Lauren


  3. Hi Lauren! Thanks for stopping by dear I always love to see your endearing comments! And yes I am in LOVE with these Ferragamo shoes, they are so comfortable and chic and worth every penny! Yes do get one for Christmas you won’t regret it (just make sure to go to the cobbler and get the padding added on the back!) And yes I need to see you in that Hinge jacket PRONTO!! ❤


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