Trend: Clash of the Monochromatics

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While it is no secret that black and white graphic prints have been dominating the fashion scene, it is probably due to the versatility of these tones that they’ll be sticking around for another season. From classic to edgy, retro to contemporary, this trend loves being versatile. Backtrack to the sixties and we’ll find the roots of this trend are firmly placed in Op Art. In 1965 an Optical Art exhibition entitled The Responsive Eye was held in New York at the Museum of Modern Art. It drew public attention to eye altering prints and popularised an explosion of Op Art printed textiles and fashion trends.  Diana Vreeland , the Editor in Chief of US Vogue 1963 – 1971, was quoted saying “It was a marvelous time. In the sixties you were knocked in the eyeballs. Everybody, everything was new.”

Fast forward to the nineties, the era of emblazoning bold slogans on t-shirts and clashing every print known to man, and we have a revival. While the print clad mods of the sixties still had a groomed appeal to them, the oversized styles of the nineties threw this concept in the complete opposite direction mixing it up with hip hop and street style. From Mary Quant and Pierre Cardin in the sixties to Body Map and DKNY in the nineties, you can choose which decade influences your style.

GET THE 90s LOOK:

  • A rimmed hat with circular shades is a winning 90s statement look
  • Slightly oversized statement tees are the way to go
  • Printed pants paired with Doc Martens, hightops or platform flats will finish the look

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GET THE 60s LOOK:

  • Statement 60s shades are a must for this edgy yet sophisticated look
  • Accessorise with a two toned bangle for some interest
  • A graphic print shift dress is a must have piece for this look
  • An elegant pair of two toned heels finishes this look off beautifully
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