It Don’t Matter If You’re Black or White (or both..)
Michael Jackon’s prophetic words in his 1991 song “Black or White” talk about a girl and her skin colour “it don’t matter if you’re black or white”. The thing thatI find amusing about the song is that Michael Jackon (‘allavah shalom’) was in fact black and white at one point or another in his life, quite literally (shame you gotta feel for the guy!).
Now although Jackson died nearly 5 years ago The King of Pop has not yet and will probably never go out of fashion as a pop icon and It seems that of late he is rather in fashion, a kind of posthumous prophetic fashion, when it comes to couture and design this season…
That’s right folks black AND white is in and I just can’t stop lovin…it!
Yes boys and girls that’s a line from an M.J. song- I’m sorry to have to spell it out- fans unite!
Now often times trends tend to take place simultaneously with other trends and the black and white trend seems to be coinciding with the animal print trend that we keep seeing over and over again for the past few seasons- in particular leopard and ZEBRA print which I am somewhat obsessed with at present.
Zebra pint is the most classic example of black and white in nature and its come creeping back into fashion of late both in clothing, art and home-wears.
Check out my i-phone cover which I’m loving atm: OK yes- it’s true I’m also in this pic- and yep it is a ‘selfie’ which I must admit I very rarely indulge in, probably bc like in this one, the mirror needs a bit of a clean! (but that’s for my next blog post…).
Its funny actually, that these two trends (animal print and black and white) should coincide this season- especially in Israel , where two unsuspecting groups who have been wearing these trends for donkey’s years, are actually suddenly in fashion… YES ok, some of you might call me borderline prejudicial for even saying this but here it is:
1. The “Frechot” plural of “Frecha” meaning a lower class woman of Sephardic descent who dresses provocatively but arguably without taste.
My favorite example is the “Frecha” over the age of 50 who believes its OK to wear thigh-hugging spandex, stud-encrusted shirts and too much animal print! That’s right people, “Frechot” have been wearing animal print sine nineteen-seventy something. Turns out that if you wear a trend long enough it will eventually come back into fashion! Mutton dressed as lamb, or maybe mutton dressed as ZEBRA!? OI G’valt!
2. The second unsuspecting group of Fashionistas are the “Charedim”, meaning ultra orthodox Jews, many of whom reside in Jerusalem.
These guys have some affinity to black and white stripes. mainly- from what I understand, because it’s meant to be more modest and less fashion-forward way of dressing…oops! Now Alanis, isn’t THIS ironic..
Despite the fact that Black and white is ‘trendy’ it is also a very classic example that you can find over and over again throughout history. As a quick example, black and white checkerboard floors can be found in many of the paintings from 15th C Europe.. (YES- i took Art History at Uni, and NO I don’t remember much of it- TG for ‘google search’..)
And in fashion too throughout the ages black and white keeps creeping up… Check out Twiggy in this editorial pic from the 60’s in her black and white striped ensemble, too cute!
Today you can find this trend in many places as it translates through from wearable items to floor coverings…Here are my top black and white picks for this season and a few little animal print pops to get you going!
1. Sports jumpers and tops in black and white.
These ones are from ZARA woman and Seed Heritage- they cost around $50- easy to wear and bang on trend!
2. Black and white home-wears. This rug is IKEA and when it comes to black and white-even from IKEA you cant really go wrong!
Or how about a little bit more refined sophistication with these amazeballs cushions from http://www.lorenagaxiola.com/shop/index.php/collection/bedding
3. Even the boys can get in on the action! These T-shirt are H & M for men. Chuck it on with a pair of black shorts- or even a pastel colour for a little interest and walk out the door!
Cumfy and good lookin’- what more could we ask for!
Whether you choose animal print, black and white or both be sure to do it with confidence!
And when all else fails and you end up feeling like a jail bird, remember they wear orange in jail, not black and white stooopid!
Happy Monochrome trending boys and girls!
Peace out xx