Monochrome Is Dominating the Runway

By: Iman Taouil

Fashion month kicked off in February, opening as usual with its first leg in New York. As big and small designers alike presented their collections for the Fall/Winter season, it was hard to miss one of the biggest consensuses on the runways: the monochromatic look. From Milly to Cushnie et Ochs and The Row, a lot of designers decided to invest in one-toned looks for their newest collections, giving us the perfect opportunity to take notes on how to rock it and avoid a faux pas. 

The Red
A total red look is a bold move that's sure to turn a few heads, which also means it can quickly become an unforgiving disaster if not done well. Cinq à Sept and Nanushka opted for flowy, silky fabrics to soften the look while Priscavera presented a single-toned look, matching everything down to the socks. 

Experimenting with different shades of the same color is another way to pull off a monochromatic look without making it boring or too saturated, especially if the color chosen is a bright one. Dion Lee matched an ecru cropped sweater with a high-waisted bright white skirt - a clever way to break up the outfit. Milly played with reddish tones from scarlet to maroon, while The Row layered with different shades of green. 

Neutral Tones
Those who don't want to play it too risqué can always take a minimal route with neutral colors. The Row presented a (literally) head-to-toe dark brown look with a turtleneck, pants and a long coat of the same hue, making as big of a statement as any bright colored outfit would. A tailored suit is another simple way to pull this trend off, as ADEAM elevated a grey pantsuit with a large, high belt and fur cuffs. 

Textural contrast
The downside of a one-tone look is that it can easily be dull and turn you into a wallflower, especially if it's black or doesn't include a statement piece. The trick is to diversify the fabrics, so you avoid looking like a cabinet. Zadig & Voltaire paired a black fur coat with patent pants and a black graphic tee. Cinq à Sept took it up a notch by matching beige wool and sequins, making this neutral toned outfit anything but bland. 

Pop of Sun
NYFW brought to us some colorful looks, proving that Fall/Winter doesn't necessarily rhyme with dark, dull tones. Cinq à Sept and ADEAM both presented elegant maxi dress and coat combos, which they broke up with black ankle boots. Milly played it more casual with a mini skirt paired with a coat and boots of the same tone, broken up by a multicolored top. 

Low-key or bright and bold, color block or tone-on-tone, the monochromatic trend can be extremely versatile, making it an interesting trend to play and experiment with. This trend has the benefit of making a statement no matter the color worn, because of its status as a timeless look in fashion.