One of summer's biggest trends has been confirmed by Cruella De Vil
29th May 2021

She’s the sartorially savvy baddie with a penchant for dalmatians and dressing to kill, but the palette of the star of Disney’s latest film is set to be big this summer.

Cruella De Vil, the fabulously devious protagonist from Dodie Smith’s 1956 book, The One Hundred and One Dalmatians, is all set to become our unlikely summer style muse.

The star of Disney’s latest major picture, Cruella – the imagined prequel to De Vil’s story, which stars Emma Stone as a young Cruella (or Estella as we learn she was once called) and Emma Thompson as the Baroness, her cunning but oh-so-fabulous mentor – which launches today and, for those who know the story, the film’s wardrobe is throbbing with all manner of monochrome magic.

Cruella director, Craig Gillespie, tapped two-time Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan to bring Estella and the Baroness’ fashions to life, which eventually involved a total of 47 costume changes for Cruella and 33 for the Baroness and evolved to be the largest project Beavan has worked on in her career.

While young Estella’s DIY punk aesthetic was inspired by German new wave singer Nina Hagen, it’s as the aspiring designer begins channeling her alter ego Cruella De Vil that we see the full embrace of black and white.  

Chanel spring/summer 2021

Indeed, it would appear that monochrome is having something of a coincidentally timed renaissance. Juxtapositions of black and white flooded the spring/summer 2021 collections at Chanel, queen of green Gabriela Hearst and Dolce & Gabbana. And it’s not just high fashion that monochrome has whet the appetite of; Rag & Bone has announced a limited-edition 14-piece capsule in collaboration with the creators of Cruella, in honour of the film’s release.

Horrified at the thought of wearing black and white together once again? Don’t be. According to Lyst, black and white are the most searched-for colours on its shopping platform, with demand spiking for specifically monochrome pieces since the start of January. Take a leaf from De Vil’s book and clash black and white with a bold red lip and you’ll be dressed to kill in no time.

  • & Other Stories cardigan

    & Other Stories cardigan

    An oversized cardigan is basically an essential right now. Layer this block print iteration over a roll neck top with tailored trousers and white trainers. 

    Shop oversized colour block cardigan at & Other Stories, £120


  • Le Scarf silk scarf

    Le Scarf monochrome scarf

    Whether you tie this around your neck, head, belt loops or handbag, a classic silk scarf will end up in your accessories collection for years, even decades to come. 

    Shop No.1 striped scarf at Le Scarf, £80


  • Maggie Marilyn dress

    Maggie Marilyn striped dress

     A ‘wow’ dress if ever we’ve seen one, this bold striped beauty will go the distance each and every season. Keep it simple with matching black or white shoes. 

    Shop check mate dress at Maggie Marilyn, £470


  • Zara boots

    Zara white boots

    If you want to try out the trend without going top-to-toe, opt for a white boot. This chunky pair is perfect for those daily walks. 

    Shop flat leather boots at Zara, £109


  • Mango jacket

    Mango jacket

    Well done Mango for creating the cosiest jacket around. Throw this style over any knitwear with your trusty jeans and Chelsea boots. 

    Shop faux fur jacket at Mango, £89.99


  • Sika coat

    Sika coat

    We all have to wear a coat at this time of year so why not let it make a statement? Keep the shape classic and the print punchy. 

    Shop Asante Kente coat at Sika, £295


  • Üterque vest

    Üterque vest

    The knit vest is a staple item this season, and it isn’t going anywhere. Layer over shirts, roll neck tops and other knitwear for a fail-safe look that’s on the right side of preppy.

    Shop V-neck vest at Üterque, £90


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