We think of black and white as being opposites; the ultimate contrasts. As far as fashion goes that makes them timeless bedfellows. Black is the yin to white’s yang.
Leyla Ugarte’s latest shoot Sweet Contradiction is about black and white outfits as well as black and white photography. Finding harmony between both, Ugarte looked to bring out the whitest whites and blackest blacks in the clothing by creating strong contrasts in postproduction and steering clear of the in-between greys.
The styling inspirations were drawn from several eras – it’s not hard to pick up hints of 1920s (aided by Lola Aragón’s hairstyling and makeup) as well as graphic mod influences of the 1960s. Be that as it may, Ugarte keeps the whole thing modern, deliberately keeping the photos crisp and clean rather than emulating any vintage finishes.
Featuring model Paula L at View Management, you can view all of the shoot by Leyla Ugarte (leylaugarte.com) by clicking on the thumbnails.