White is my favorite color. It’s clean, crisp and matches everything while providing contrast at the same time. And for the last few years, white has been a spring staple. This year is no different, with a plethora of designers sending white looks down the runway for S/S 2011.
White was no surprise at Calvin Klein, considering Francisco Costa’s penchant for light, feminine minimalism. This season, the hems were long and the fabrics fluid. While his collection included equally effortless looks in other colors, the whites stood out for their stark, simplistic beauty.
Chloe’s artistic director, Hannah MacGibbon, was all about beige last fall. And though beige still made its presence known in her spring collection, the emphasis has shifted to white for the warmer season. MacGibbon’s spring whites definitely have a lighter feel than her fall, power-beige sportswear. The looks ranged from clean, architectural coats to flowing pleated and draped dresses.
Stella McCartney’s whites, however, were less diaphanous and more modern woman chic. With strong, well-cut separates, the collection embodied stylish sensibility. I’m an especially huge fan of her collared and double-breasted sleeveless tops, sexy in any color but ultra cool in white.
My favorite way to interpret spring white, from the runway to everyday, is to go with a white dress. Able to be dressed up or down, white dresses are a great base to build any outfit from.
I like Alexander Wang’s T-shirt dress for casual weekend wear. Add a denim jacket, chain necklace, gold-accented neutral accessories and you’re sunshine-ready. The look is versatile enough to take you from brunch with your family to afternoon tea with your girlfriends and out for an evening stroll down 3rd Street Promenade with a date.
For a more sophisticated daytime look, go with a white maxi dress accented with coral accessories. The bright color will pop against the fresh white, and emphasize any tan (real or fake). I like Alexandre Birman’s wood-accented ankle wrap sandals to give you some height — make sure your hem hits just above the ankles for maximum shoe show stopping effect! Top it off with a light beige vest and square bag to add structure to the look.
Finally, for uptown chic with downtown sensibility on a night out, try a knee-length draped dress like The Row’s Lindsley with strong black and white accessories. A soft leather jacket, like this one by Rick Owens, toughens up the graceful dress. A pair of Alaia shoes and a Rebecca Minkoff chain bag make the color scheme interesting with black and white contrast detailing. Minimal, classic jewelry polishes it all of for a classy, avant-garde look.
Just make sure you know a good dry cleaners, in case you’re a messy eater like me!