Scuba-Dooba-Doo: How Balenciaga does the Black and White Trend

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Because they are Black and White AND because they one of my favorite articles of clothing, I chose to build today’s Black and White Outfit around these incredible Balenciaga Pants of yester-year.   These are one of those “looks cool” but “feels horrible” fashions.  I have to admit, though, sometimes a designer makes you appreciate the misery.  The obvious play-on here is a “scuba-suit” and this pant is just that: the fabric is thick and difficult to move in. In any other medium, however, it wouldn’t achieve its authentic, scuba-nature.

While it’s especially big this Season, Black and White is one of those trends that never goes out of style.  With trends as classic and pervasive as this, I shop for unique, stand-out pieces like the mini-dresses of the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 Line or these Balenciaga pants to give a fresh take on the trend, year after year.  More on the Louis Vuitton Line tomorrow.

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This Off-white Wool Overcoat is vintage from the 1960’s.  My favorite details are it’s fox-tails and hood.

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The Foley and Corinna Shirt has a tuxedo feel that works both tucked, as styled here, or untucked over tights as a shirt-dress.

The Blazer was an incredible find a few months back at a BCBG Outlet in Orlando.  The fringe is fabulous and perfect when you want to look professional, yet stand out at an interview.

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When it comes to my accessories, I like classic silhouettes in unexpected textures, colors, and shapes.  The hat, a gift from my fabulous friend Jeanne, is a classic fedora with an unexpected feathered texture and golden hue.  Likewise, the geometric shape and snake-skin texture make something as “ordinary” as a black clutch suddenly an eye-catching conversation piece.

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Overcoat: Vintage, From eBay Seller: Bustownmodern, Fringed Blazer: BCBG, Shirt: Foley and Corinna, Scuba Pant: Balenciaga, Necklace: Vintage Ruby, Clutch: Leyla, Hat: Vintage, Shoe: Brian Atwood

Photography by Chris Knight, www.chrisknightphoto.com

Styling by Ginger, www.Ginger-Snap.com

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