15 Stylish Monochrome Dresses, Bags & Shoes We Love
#1: The Not-So-Classic White Shirt
Victorian-esque with bishop sleeves (Fendi, $2,260, extreme left, and CH Carolina Herrera, $470, second from right); a wrap version that buttons like a modern cheongsam (Stella McCartney, price unavailable, second from left); and asymmetrical and smock-like (Bally, $790, extreme right) – the ultimate wardrobe essential goes beyond basic this season.
Photography: Jasper Yu. Art Direction: Leyna Poh
#2: Salvatore Ferragamo's LBDs
Who would have thought that the Florentine leather goods house would come up with some of this season’s most desirable black dresses – all floaty. feather-trimmed, and the perfect cross between Italian glamour and American ease?
Left: Cotton-blend and chiffon midi dress, and calfskin sandals.
Middle: Cotton tent dress, $2.650, and calfskin and rubber sandals
Right: Georgette and ostrich feather dress, and embossed calfskin sandals. Prices unavailable unless stated, all Salvatore Ferragamo
Photography: Joel Low, assisted by Alfie Pan. Styling: Imran Jalal, assisted by Melissa Kok. Hair: Sean Ang/Arx Salon using Kevin Murphy. Makeup: Melissa Yeo & John Lee/Fac3inc, using Nars. Models: Julia and Saskia/Mannequin
#3: Saint Laurent's Shiny Festival Boots
This puts the glam rock into Kate Moss-Glastonbury chic with a full panel of black sequins down the side. Rubber with embellishments, $1,420
#4: The Mirrored Ceramic Ticker
It’s the watch that made sporty ceramic timepieces hip (and spawned dozens of copycats). Now, the latest Chanel J12 looks set to be another trendsetter. Dubbed the Collector Mirror, it boasts a mirrored dial against an all-white case. The result: one part modern Dali (the numerals appear to float), and one part Margiela industrial cool. Ceramic and steel, $6,900-$7,900, Chanel Fine Jewellery
#5: This Fuzzy Dice Bag
For high rollers in the street-style game: Moschino’s cheeky oversized wristlet inspired by kitschy car decor is all you need to up your fashion stake. Wool and leather, price unavailable.
The prettiest “bedroom slippers” we’ve seen – if there’s one thing you should own from Alexander Wang’s last collection for the label, these are it. Embellished lace slides, price unavailable
#7: Max Mara's Nautical Glam
Evergreen knits, flared pants and pea coats in monochrome stars, stripes and seagull prints – the Italian label brings back fun sailor chic a la Jean Paul Gaultier, without being contrived.
#8: Chanel's Absolute Suit
It gets its name from being a stripped-down version of the brand’s classic tweed tailoring: sans collar, pockets or trim, and with hidden hook fastenings in place of buttons. We think it’s apt because of how it takes set dressing to the next level – with the same geometric monochrome pattern on bags and boater hats too.
Will the white sneaker trend never end? Not when the approach is as creative as the Japanese footwear label’s. This month, it spotlights the underrated all-blanc version of its iconic trainers (the more distinct versions sport coloured stripes against white for a retro feel) in a yet-to-be-titled exhibition, showcasing 50 pairs that have been decorated by various personalities. Details were unavailable at press time, but here’s the important part: 300 fresh pairs will also be up for grabs in store. Leather, $159
Photography: Jasper Yu. Art Direction: Leyna Poh
#10: Everything from Givenchy
Riccardo Tisci sent 88 variations of slips, camisoles, kimono coats and loungey tuxedos in either silky black or white down the runway – and created one of the season’s simplest yet most beautiful collections.
Mauboussin’s version nails day-to-dinner chic with its elegant, diamond-speckled dial. Omega’s looks like something out of a Marc Newson catalogue – all matte ceramic on a Nato-style strap. And Piaget’s is the new classic for connoisseurs: a handsome mechanical/quartz hybrid that’s just 5.5mm thin, and limited to 118 pieces. If you’ve been looking for the horology equivalent of an LBD, there’s no better time than now.
From far left: Amour La Nuit ceramic with diamonds on leather, $650, Mauboussin. Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon ceramic on nylon, $16,400, Omega. Emperador Coussin XL 700P white gold on alligator skin, price unavailable, Piaget
Photography: Joel Low, assisted by Alfie Pan Styling: Imran Jalal, assisted by Melissa Kok Hair: Sean Ang/Arx Salon using Kevin Murphy Makeup: Melissa Yeo & John Lee/Fac3inc, using Nars Models: Julia and Saskia/Mannequin
#12: Optic Stripes
A graphic print that never gets old, or too loud – seen on everything from Prada’s Frame top-handle bag to this Madonna-esque off-shoulder top this season. Rayon-blend top, $500, Alice and Olivia. Jeans, model’s own
Photography: Vee Chin Styling: Imran Jalal Hair Aaron Ng/Decorum Makeup: Keith Bryant Lee/@fac3inc, using Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Model Saskia/Mannequin
#13: Rochas' Reversible Dress & Top
From the “front”, they look like elegant sleeveless maxis; flip them around and you get flirty, bow-adorned racerback pinafores like these. Polyester and silk, Club 21
#14: Matte Black Bags
Like on nail polish or the Batmobile, there’s always something badass about black in a stark, non-glossy finish. Longchamp takes a cue from this and debuts the Cocchino, an all-black line of shoulder bags and clutches in embossed metis leather that’s been treated to look like matte croco, then anchored with chunky gunmetal chains to up the don’t-mess-with-me vibe. $690-$1,045
Photography: Jasper Yu. Art Direction: Rebecca Cecilia Yip
#15: Repetto's Complete Zizi Family
How to make a best-selling, buttery-soft white Oxford favoured by Serge Gainsbourg even hotter? Come up with sizes for the whole clan: Dad, Mum, Kiddo, and now, Baby (known as the Lulu). #cutenessoverload. Adult and kid’s sizes in goatskin, $360-$470, infant sizes in calfskin, $190
An adapted version first appeared in Female‘s March 2016 issue.