"Black & White"

There's a certain popularity to a black and white color scheme these days... and I've noticed several women walking around this summer with black sun umbrellas (I guess the pair in front of me coordinated their outfits so as not to look like twins...).  Are black and white color (those aren't colors actually...) schemes popular in other countries at the moment as well?
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