Monochrome Made Modern:
A Well-Textured Spring Wardrobe
Photographed by Charlotte Wales
Limiting tonal variation to the absolutes of black and white allows other dimensions of a wardrobe to shine. As the weather grows warmer, take a modern approach to monochrome by playing up the striking textures that give depth to the spring collections of Hillier Bartley, Altuzarra, Nehera, Proenza Schouler, and more. The little black—and white—dress becomes much more interesting in the company of mixed materials and tactile layers.
This spring, the little black dress need not be so little, nor even a dress. A ruched border and tonally embroidered geometric patterns add intrigue and intricacy to a softly sculpted maxi skirt from Nehera. Made of pure cotton, the high-volume shape is balanced by a cinched waist and an Araks swimsuit repurposed as a sleek, strappy underlayer. Grounding the look are velvety suede “turban slides” from Alumnae, the new footwear label from Sigerson Morrison veterans Kari Sigerson and Eliza Axelson-Chidsey.
Proenza Schouler’s mostly monochrome spring 2016 collection explores the idea of unraveling. Designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez favored shoulder-baring silhouettes and open-weave knits that take on new qualities when layered.
Nehera is classic, but the proportions and the way the pieces are put together is very unorthodox. Even if we use the most expensive fabrics, there is no screaming luxury.Samuel Drira, creative director of Nehera
Calvin Klein Collection women’s creative director Francisco Costa pushed his signature clean lines into new territory for spring, with a sense of the natural quietly overtaking the architectural. His sleeveless Gaia dress, trimmed at the neckline and armholes in lustrous silk, gains a rustic edge from a fringed hem that also trims the sash tie. Accentuating the play of textures is the sporty black nylon of Protagonist’s cropped anorak.
Styling Vanessa Traina
Hair Bok-Hee at Streeters
Makeup Daniel Martin at The Wall Group
Model Tami Williams