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What’s With White?

It’s no secret: white is a fabulous choice when it comes to fashion. Beautiful, ethereal, even when dirtied up, it gives birth to the lightest, most elegant hues of grey and beige. Still, you might want to find something a tad more colourful, but do keep it light! And watch out for that makeup

The colour of purity, serenity and divinity, white is often the commencing step for fashion designers. The paper they sketch on is white, and from there are created all the beautiful illustrations that come to life on the runway. This season, we look at the designers who have incorporated this all-encompassing hue, untouched, in their collections. In a time of many choices and indecisiveness galore, the need for something that is minimal, simple and perennial – something that could last forever- suddenly arises. Enter, the colour white. This hue can be worn in summer to beat the heat and during winter as well, to avoid blending into the overall darkness of shades that’s usually preferred for this season. Here, we bring you five designers who incorporated white in their SS16 collections, in the hope of inspiring you to wear some more of this peace-exuding colour.

Céline
In her SS16 RTW collection, Creative Director Phoebe Philo looked at attires that were travel-friendly. ‘I am somebody who is interested in how clothes make us feel’, she has recently stated, ‘and in how we behave in different places. I thought, if you were traveling for a year, what would you need to take with you?’ Feminine silhouettes and the most flattering cuts – white dresses with black lace, black dresses with white lace, white pants, white totes, white pointed-leather shoes – came out of the suitcase and shone on the brand’s Parisian runway. We too are ready for packing.

Balenciaga
Laced sensual corsets in ivory white paired with just-above-the-ankle skirts, long cotton see-through dresses, satin ruffles. The theme for Alexander Wang’s last collection as Creative Director of Balenciaga was casual loungewear, feturing a series of romantic, dreamy ivories whites. Seductive and modern, this collection was all about using simple and supple fabrics and shapes in an innovative way, with a hint of couture.

Alexander Wang
Wang continued his white-spiration in his eponymous SS16 collection, featuring an all white dress with side slits, oversized structured T-shirts, fishnet tops, trousers, hoodie and ankle-length skirts with a front slit. The entire collection was infused with a New York-esque feel and aimed to catch the attention of the rock chic crowd. Game on.

J.W. Anderson
Touted as the leader of avant-garde, Anderson would turn any garment into something to be marvelled forever. Take – for example – his SS16 RTW collection: white puffed sleeves on a black-and-white pantsuit, white structured lines on an all-black pantsuit, white corsets, off-white galactic suits. Creativity was abundant, and so was style.

Alice + Olivia
Mostly known for its eveningwear, the brand’s SS16 collection was bursting with gowns and dresses, but also an unexpected injection of denim. The show stopper was undoubtedly a simplistic, pleated dress with a deep V neck, all white and perfect for a romantic summer day. The light white shirt paired with embroidered flared pants was stunning too, setting a minimalistic tone in a collection that abounded with colour. Our summer wardrobe for next year is decided.

Words by Shweta Gandhi.
Shweta is a fashion journalist, currently working between Mumbai and London.

Images via Vogue Runway.

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