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Black on black is something we see in New York city all of the time. Sometimes it can seem a bit boring or dull— especially in the winter months when we crave warmth, but sometimes, varying monochromatic textures can be exciting!

To create a monochromatic look you can begin with textures! Mixing differing fabrics together can get really exiting. Blending velvet and silk, or fur and leather (faux or real) can make a monochromatic look really pop.

Staple Fabrics: Black faux Mongolian fur, black metallic woven Lurex

Stevie Nicks in the inspiration behind creating a gypsy look— Left is a look from Ralph Lauren, right, a Lurex spaghetti strap dress by Vanessa Bruno. Check out this dress pattern with spaghetti straps and godets to make a similar look.

Is a leather top practical? I don’t know, but this tunic top with embellished sequins is lovely and subtle. Check out our leather top pattern here.

Wool crepe and leather combined create a futuristic look. Michael Kors’ peplum waist dress is fiesty and right along the same style lines as our Judy Jetson-esque dress. Get the Puff Sleeve Dress pattern here.

Vests are a huge staple in the winter. Try to make one with faux fur, or create a Russian inspired piece that’s heavily embellished. Get the Lambskin Vest pattern here.

A simple, draped black cardigan with metallic trim is the perfect layering piece for a winter’s evening. Check out this Embellished Jacket pattern to make one for yourself.

Lastly, a black lambskin (faux or real) is a hot commodity in a cold city. Check out our pattern for the Lambskin Jacket here.


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    Jan 16, 2011, 12.34 PMby fairyellen

    Some nice patterns here, but I have to agree with Zora…I am seriously bored to tears with black! Warm greys are much more flattering for most skintones, especially pale English Roses like myself! Lol! A little black dress for a formal affair is perfectly acceptable, but come on folks….we need some colour in our lives!! ;P

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    Jan 5, 2011, 05.34 PMby mdiez

    That lambskin jacket is just gorgeous!

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    Jan 5, 2011, 02.35 AMby melaniec

    Shame on Burda for featuring fur. How repulsive!

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    Jan 4, 2011, 09.44 PMby choctawcharli

    With NA skin and deep Auburn hair, black is not a color I wear well. That is not to say I don’t wear it, just not next to my face. I love the embellished jacket and I can see it on my cutting table in the near future in a lovely copper with gold trim. No, I think a Deep Dark Bronze would be better. Yeah, that’s the ticket …..

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    Jan 4, 2011, 02.17 PMby stuffit-1

    Thanks a lot! Black is the one and only color I love;)

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    Jan 3, 2011, 09.55 PMby vflsun

    I absolutley love the last two jackets. I like to wear black with a touch of color.

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    Jan 2, 2011, 08.01 PMby Dibaj

    Certainly.black the king of colors.

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    Jan 1, 2011, 03.59 PMby chaos-aj

    LOL, looks like black is the new black for 2011, ppl!! Woo~Hoo!!

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    Dec 29, 2010, 07.22 PMby crocka

    All of these outfits are gorgeous. I’m really digging the sheer fabrics with a touch of embellishment.

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    Dec 29, 2010, 05.27 PMby ladykatza

    I love Ralph Lauren. I’ve just now put together the pattern/materials to recreate one of his Spring looks.

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    Dec 29, 2010, 04.36 PMby laurakis

    Black is definitely my favorite color to wear, also mixed with red or blue. Absolutely gorgeous

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    Dec 29, 2010, 03.37 PMby wzrdreams

    Excellent post Alison. I’m inspired by many of these looks. It just goes to show that by mixing textures black need not be boring and basic. Fabric choice is everything. I love that Ralph Lauren collection and I think that skirt is made with sophie Hallette illusion tulle over crushed velvet. I also adore the sleeves on the Michael Kors dress; the Burdastyle dress paired with it is a striking interpretation.

    Question: What fabric do you think the Vanessa Bruno dress is made of?

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      Dec 30, 2010, 05.13 AMby alisondahl

      It’s Lurex: Lurex is a type of yarn which incorporates a glittering metallic thread, and fabric woven from this thread. It is usually (though not always) made with an artificial fibre. The metallic bit is made from some sort of plastic and does not fade or tarnish like real metal. ‘Lurex’ is a brand name, but has become a term used for all this type of yarn.

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      Dec 30, 2010, 05.44 PMby wzrdreams


      I also looked it up on her website. This dress is from Fall/Winter 2010/11, look #40. The description says “printed silk and Lurex chiffon”.

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    Dec 29, 2010, 02.14 PMby pdriggs

    Very nice!

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    Dec 29, 2010, 01.16 PMby aleah

    I love the embellished jacket! One of my future projects… I love black. I wear too much of it. Maybe going to try something else than the metallic trim.

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    Dec 29, 2010, 12.45 PMby jenyjenny

    Stunning collection! Not very practical for Florida, where I live—well, maybe in Orlando, where there are a lot of New Yorkers staying for the winter…

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    Dec 29, 2010, 12.43 PMby vasea

    I love black and I wear black. Black is my favourite colour.

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    Dec 29, 2010, 03.33 AMby nehmah

    Black is elegant, but not for me. I’m endowed with Scandinavian DNA; black is not a color I wear well. My black is either deep charcoal or midnight blue. Nehmah

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      Dec 29, 2010, 01.18 PMby aleah

      I’m scandinavian. The most worn color here is definitely black. ;) Anyone can wear it – it’s just black. What we have to be careful with is white garments. (At least those of us with very fair skin…)

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      Jan 5, 2011, 09.43 AMby tungufoss

      I’m in the same boat as Aleah. It’s is actually quite uncommon to see Icelandic women NOT wearing black, and white seems to be only appropriate for weddings ;-)

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    Dec 29, 2010, 02.28 AMby Jessica Emerson

    black and more black is very melbourne also. mixing sheer blacks and solids is super effective and i love the tactile effect also!

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    Dec 29, 2010, 12.06 AMby fashionfreek

    I love black :O)

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    Dec 28, 2010, 10.12 PMby jsanga

    very nice! I love black haha seeing as Im a cosmetologist and can only wear black at work.. :P

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