Black and white have eternally served as a timeless classic in fashion. The power, opulence and grace of the monochrome trend was exhibited perfectly by Chinese designer Pinghe in her SS14 collection. Pinghe’s use of rounded elaborate shoulders, straight cut dresses and 18th Century inspired jackets was somewhat reminiscent of a gothic horror. However, the collection consisted of pieces that celebrated modern femininity such as the peplum top, pencil skirts and figure hugging dresses. This made Pinghe’s collection wearable and gave the gothic tale an air of modernity. The mixture of textures in each piece worked to create a better silhouette and additional dimension. Pinghe’s combination of cotton and organza was creative, added dimension and enabled models to show some skin without having to show some skin. The combination of organza and cotton is a match made in heaven. This dynamic duo is currently trending in the high street, however, its beauty and magnificence may enable the trend to reign mightily, and we may see the duo return in the SS14 season. With the combination of monochrome designs, high seated beehives, pale foundation and dark lipstick, fashion’s bride of Frankenstein was ultimately brought back to life. Hair and beauty was taken by storm with Toni & Guy’s elaborate take on the beehive; this high seated hairstyle combined with the streaks of coloured hair spray created a powerful look, encouraging us fashion and beauty lovers to take a walk on the deep dark wild side.