February 1, 2013

Black And White All Over


From the moment that Marc Jacobs' mod Spring '13 black and white collection hit the runway, it became the collection to contend with--not that every other designer in the world didn't take their own shot at cracking the B&W code. Michael Kors' stripes on stripes, although seen before {remember Balenciaga's striped 'it' jacket from '06?} has no doubt spawned a look that will be knocked off at all the price points. And of course my mind was turning over the possibilities of black and white bags...


Introducing our new Salt Creek Soft Tote


Then there was Valentino to consider, with an elegant take on the trend {love that added little hit of a nude collar} while Narciso Rodriguez's black and white spin was lady-like with an edge.


The Salt Creek Fold-Over Clutch was my answer to chic and lady-like with the versatility to go casual.


But it was really the more deconstructed versions of black and white that caught my eye. Celine had such a beautiful relaxed feel, in my opinion, as stunning in it's own way as the Marc Jacobs collection--and much more suited to every day life in California. Jason Wu's black and white offering, while more structured and tailored for life in the city, seems to me to be extremely wearable and can go from day-to- night/work-to-play without much effort. These last two collections were two of my favorites.


The Salt Creek Shopper combines my love of laid back luxury with sea-inspired...and yet I see it totally working in the city as well as the country or the beach.


Last but not least our Salt Creek Mini-Wallet doubles as a little clutch and can fit in with any black and white ensemble.

Would love to know how you plan to wear the black and white trend of SS'13!

P.S. Stay tuned for next week's post that will give you the low-down on how to keep your white bags white and more wisdom gleaned from working with the leather pros.

P.P.S. We now have Pinterest buttons on each and every item in our online store at maryjomatsumoto.com-- so if you're looking to hint about a favorite handbag to your Valentine, it's as easy as hitting the little red button. 

Wishing you a happy Friday and relaxing weekend! 

Runway images courtesy Style.com


Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Happy Friday MaryJo!!!!!
I have always loved black and white- so YSL!!!! I know it's called Saint Laurent Paris now but Yves really rocked those neutrals!!!!
Hope you have a great weekend!!!!!

m e l i g r o s a said...

LOVE this post so much! have a wonderful weekend maryjo<3 xxom

Alexis Grace said...

Black and White combo is really going to dominate this spring! It is so classic and a combo anyone can pull off. Your bags are divine (as always!)

classiq said...

Marc Jacobs' collectin was among my Spring 2013 favourites (and I'm one of those who is impartial about his collections). Mary Jo, I think I have a new favourite Mary Jo Matsumoto bag: the Salt Creek Soft Tote. Love the subtle black details. Have a wonderful weekend!

Pamela RG said...

Your Black and White Collection Mary Jo are so chic! I admire Marc Jacob for anything he does. He is so talented and a genius. Celine and Valentino are my favourites too. The good thing about Black and White is that we can wear it in any season. Have a wonderful weekend.

dimitri said...

It's one of my favorite combination. These black and white outfits are really great. Lovely clutch too.
Have a nice weekend.

Fashion-Bridge said...

It's such a timeless, classy combination! I can't imagine that it ever would be "not fashionable".

Have a great weekend dear Mary Jo!





Ahh, your new pieces are absolutely gorgeous! Black and white is so endlessly classic. And that last outfit (bottom-right) is amazing.

Boye By Red said...

You see, i am not good at all at wearing only black and white. I actually don't think i know how to. Maybe i do, i don't know, it is just that i never do.

As for thos bags,... They are gorgeous.

Have a lovely week Mary Jo.

Red xx

GlamorousGirl said...

cool post!


Jenee C. said...

This is my all-time favourite, can you ever go wrong with black and white? I'm having a complete bag envy moment here, the salt creek shopper might just be my new favourite from your line.

xx Jenee C.
{camo meets couture}

MOSAMUSE said...

i love this color combo trend!


Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Valentino and Jason Wu all the way!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Krystal said...

black and white is so my look i think!

The Dainty Dolls House said...

I am late seeing this as I took the last part of the week off from blogging to enjoy the nice weather we had, glad too as it's wet and cold today. I love black and white lots. Especially stripes, I adore them!! It's one combination I never tire of!! Your creations are marvellous, so stunning!! Well done :) I hope you have a super week doll xox

Carla Coulson said...

Love your bag range to go with the runway B&W too fabulous, I have never owned a white bag for the obvious getting dirty reason! Will have to tune in this week xxCarla
Do love a little B&W always chic

fashionsensitive said...

I am wearing black and white stripes dress today, Mary Jo and I like a lot your designs. I was telling Ada yesterday that I usually do not wear white handbags, but this designs of your are so beautiful, with that seahorse detail and that little clutch, you know I like your clutches so much ;) Kisses

Blond Duck said...

I'd pair it with pink.

MM said...

I have always loved black and white combo and I think it will always be in trends. I am truly in love with your bag collection. The seahorse detail is adorable!!



Chuck said...

I don't really have the discipline for black and white only but I always admire it on others.

EMA said...

I'm loving this trend right here! Awesome selection and inspiration :D


Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

Black and White is always awesome! Fabulous bags Mary Jo!

Allison said...

I think B+W will always be a staple for me....and this year I'm really loving some of the crazy mod designs I'm seeing with it. I love the bags you've created for this trend. Your salt creek mini-wallet is the CUTEST thing ever. It would look great worn out with black skinnies & heels! :)

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