Black is the new black. We joke, but Joe Fresh’s fall 2013 ready-to-wear show made a convincing argument. The man of the moment, Joe Mimran, debuted a collection that was almost entirely black and white—minus, of course, the kick of orange that flashed from the soles of his models’ shoes. It was a killer show of clothes completely in tune with the fashion zeitgeist. In fact, we confess that we kept sidetracking in our show note taking to make a personal shopping list. But then Joe is an expert at telling us what we want before we want it.
The show seemed to pay style homage to Mimran’s ever-chic, short-haired wife, Kim Newport-Mimran of the Pink Tartan label fame—he even made a wink in her direction in the short, black, layered wigs sported by all the women models in the show. But Joe Fresh fall 2013 also celebrated a tomboyish aesthetic that at times channelled a modish 60s ingénue and at other times a sexy rock ’n’ roll femme.
We feel compelled to share our personal shopping list that we think you’re sure to swoon for, too. We believe these pieces will update your wardrobe instantly. The challenge, of course, lies in getting to the stores first to scoop up said pieces before they’re all sold out.
1. A bejeweled pair of skinny trousers. And the silky-flowy white blouse that was the feminine counterpoint to their rocker-chicness. Wear these with any black top in your wardrobe, or T-shirt for that matter, and you’re good to go to any soiree.
2. A full skirt in an ornate silver-on-black print, with a simple bracelet-sleeved tee as the foil to its baroque-ish beauty. This is one timeless look.
3. A white turtleneck and matching white pencil skirt. Simple sophistication for work or play.
4. A black cape-jacket with a pair of slim white trousers.
5. Something with a quirky graphic. We made a mental must-have note for the sparkling skinny skirt with its newspaper-like-text border print, the Eiffel Tower emblazoned his-and-hers sweaters, and the cheeky crewneck pullovers sporting the words “The End.” These knits appropriately ended the show but likewise made an ironic-angsty-apocalyptic-tongue-in-cheek comment well-suited to our topsy-turvy politically charged times.