Designers in New York keeping it simple with black and white

Sun Sep 8, 2013 6:59pm EDT
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It's all there in black and white.

Stylish clothes being unveiled for spring 2014 are highlighting the pronounced simplicity of black and white. The colors are either elegant monochromes or mixed up in playful zebra prints, classic checks and mod color blocking.

Victoria Beckham's show on Sunday was the latest in a string of collections at New York Fashion Week adhering almost entirely to a black and white palette.

Her looks were sporty, with short pleated skirts, the season's omnipresent cropped tops and flouncy hemlines over knee-length shorts.

Describing her collection, the celebrity designer said she set "boyish elements against a sense of femininity."

Some of Beckham's pieces were all-black or all-white, and she would use unusual structure or overlaid textures to bring them to life.

Mixing the two colors, a short black dress revealed a pleated white skirt, peeking out from under an angled hemline, and a spaghetti-strapped black top was trimmed with white pleats at the midriff. All the black and white was accented with just a brief splash of hot pink and a subdued rust.

At Yigal Azrouel, the collection was entirely black, white, cream and gray. Some were solids, some mixed.   Continued...

A model rehearses before a presentation of the Thakoon Spring/Summer 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week, September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson