Hollywood is seeing things in black and white these days. From Malin Akerman to Allison Williams, stars are ditching color on the red carpet, opting for a minimalist palette instead.
Girls star Allison Williams was sleek and sexy at the 7th Annual Exploring The Arts Gala in a vintage halter column from Geoffrey Beene. The colorblocked style instantly added height to the 5-foot-6 actress' frame. With most up-and-coming actresses running to European labels, it was refreshing to see Williams in an iconic look from the late American designer.
Solange Knowles, took a more avant garde approach to the trend at Vogue’s first-ever Fashion Dubai Experience. Beyonce’s little sis is known for taking risks and pulling off the trickiest of styles. And the latest look is no exception. Knowles DJ’d the night in a two-piece combo from Christian Siriano’s Spring 2013 collection. The woven high-waisted skirt and origami style jacket were structural and modern. And the asymmetrical chevron pattern in deep charcoal and white looked super chic. Kudos to Knowles for showing skin to break up the busy print. The high slit at the leg and minimal Saint Laurent sandals were the perfect add-ons to finish this dramatic choice.
One of our favorite black-and-white iterations came from Hailee Steinfeld. The 16-year-old Ender’s Game star teased the spring's midriff trend at the film's photocall. We loved the statement stripes on her two-piece Thakoon Addition Spring 2014 ensemble. The flash of skin at her natural waist kept the pattern from overwhelming her frame, and the McQ by Alexander McQueen patent-and-suede booties and black tights brought the look into fall. Steinfeld was right on-trend with a soft cat eye and playful bangs. The starlet has really been upping her fashion game of late and with five films slated for 2014, we can’t wait to see more!
While we’re obsessed with Orange is the New Black, we’re going have to ask the fashion police to put Natasha Lyonne’s latest look behind bars. The 34-year-old American Pie alum tucked her already blousy black-and-white floral print top into shiny satin pleated shorts — a crime that was further compounded by seriously strange booties and opaque tights. We have to give Lyonne props for test-driving the trend. But we would have liked to see the voluminous top paired with a leaner more tailored trouser in a matte fabric instead.
Whether graphic or glam, the black-and-white trend is super easy to master. Just mix, match and experiment. We know we will!
Sam Saboura is best known as the host of TLC’s hit series "Something Borrowed, Something New." He has appeared as the fashion and style expert on numerous entertainment, news, and awards programs, and his sought-after style advice regularly appears in national publications. He is a personal shopper and stylist for celebrities in the film, television, and music industries, and the author of Sam Saboura’s Real Style.