There is something very powerful about black and white. It is chic, contemporary and classic.
Black and white monochrome is a bold statement associated with timeless style rather than seasonal trends, and it continues to grace runways and the high street at the height of elegance and sophistication.
As a key look seen at Paris fashion week for A/W 2012, monochrome was mastered in various ways. My favourites; Lanvin and Chloe paired black skirts with white tops to create a classy, feminine look and Celine and Stella McCartney worked an element of purity and simplicity in their minimal designs.
|Lanvin A/W 12|
|Chloe A/W 12|
|Celine A/W 12|
|Stella McCartney A/W 12|
Inspired by the black and white monochrome trend for A/W 2012, I came up with a concept for an editorial shoot and created a mood board for the ELLE Intern Competition to edit the October issue. The month of October is renowned for it's full moon and darker evenings as the clocks go back. My concept 'Watch for me by Moonlight' explores the allure and mystery of monochrome, focussing on the contrast between black and white, dark and light and shadows and moonlight.
Willy Vandeperre's stunning black and white photography would capture the essence of the shoot:
|Willy Vandeperre, Kate Moss for Vogue|
|Willy Vandeperre for Elie Saab|
Model Ginta Lapina has an ideal look as a model for the shoot; outer-worldly, pale, glowing skin with light blonde hair and striking eyes:
A city at night would provide perfect locations to capture the mystery of the moon. London near the Thames, in Hyde park or in dark streets are possibilities. A Moonlight effect could be created by using a faint glow rather than harsh, direct light.