CO/VETTED: Are We Over Monochrome Yet? Jenn McNaughton Influencer Jenn McNaughton identifies and interprets fashion trends and inspirations of the moment, with a nod to where they’re coming from and how to make them your own. Perhaps the reaction from some of you upon reading the headline is “finally”, in which case, I’ll say that our readers (yes, you) are more ahead of the game than I. Well friends, the rumours are true: the death of monochrome has come. And so the question I pose to you is, “Is there a life after black and white?” *cue Cher’s Believe* Speaking of—I like to compare the now ceased (or ceasing) trend to that of music you hear on the radio: over-exhausted and burnt out after the 50th play…that day. Now look at your Instagram feed. How many bloggers are you following with the same white-grid feed, under-saturated avo toast, and that Mansur Gavriel bucket bag. I’m going to safely bet a 1/3 ratio because of course we still need room for those bulldog feeds and Lena Dunham selfies. The point is, I’m tried of sameness and I think we can collectively agree. I want more. More flash, more colour and more funk. Truthfully, I’m sad the minimalist trend was so roughly dragged through the mud, as I too connect with clean lines and neutral hues à la The Row. But there’s a way to stay true to that while avoiding the all too true “fashion starter kit” (see above). That made me giggle to myself slyly post-Twitter pop-up. There’s something refreshing about an Instagram account that doesn’t pride itself on matching the same blue hue as the last and the same goes for your daily dressing chronicles. What if one morning you decided to throw on those weird heart-dotted tights under those ripped 501’s and threw on a oxblood patent coat and metallic silver pumps? Or what if you opted for that chunky red knit instead of the default black? There’s more bad ass-ery in that train of thought than there is in dressing head-to-toe in Rick Owens. It’s something the one and only Man Repeller herself built her empire on, only to dissipate as time went on. But after careful review of her daily outfit posts and role in styling fellow colleagues for the MR site over the last month or so, she too, is getting her groove back—one tiered fiesta skirt at a time. The entire Gucci fashion house revival certainly monetized the “fashion is fun” mentality, while Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana employ a return to romanticism. Sure, one could argue that such is the trend cycle and the Marques Almeida-hype will be back by next season, however I think there’s something larger here. It’s the same reason the entire fashion system has fallen on their heads as of late; the more millennials figure out that this method of dressing is sending a signal to the higher ups that we need not to be told what to wear, when to wear it and how to wear it—and back to the blogger sphere: what to post and how to post it—the more room for democracy, self-reliance and feeling damn good about yourself as you.