The colour white has long been a key player in our summer wardrobes and on the SS11 catwalks proved no different as we saw designers like Versace, Calvin Klein, Narciso Rodriguez, Nicole Farhi, Yves Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney using dazzling white as a stark contrast to bright colours and bold prints.
We were given plenty of ways to wear the trend too, from crisp, sleek and tailored favoured by Stella McCartney; relaxed, casual and loose-fitting at Calvin Klein or lacy, romantic and boho which we saw at Erdem, Chloe and Emilion Pucci respectively.
Romantic vs Minimalist
From Chloe, to Erdem to Dianne Von Frustenberg, designers had us falling hard for the romantic and sexy allure of white, mixing it up with lace, crochet, embroidery, ruffles and sheer, floaty layers. 70’s influences were rife on the SS11 catwalks and when it came to the white, romantic vibe we saw cool, hippy and bohemian girls in white maxi dresses and skirts, embroidered waistcoats, delicately ruffled tops and lace work peasant tunics.
Personally, I fell in love with the soft, relaxed and boho looks put together by Alberta Ferretti and Emilio Pucci – the layering, details and movement of garments were gorgeous! The most striking interpretation of the trend was at Dolce and Gabbana, whose beautiful all-white collection was filled with lace and broidery Anglaise. You can get the look for less on the high street at New Look, River Island, Miss Selfridge and Next. Accessorise with stacks of bold silver bangles and necklaces and team white trousers with an embroidered waistcoat and tan wedges.
In contrast to this soft, romantic feeling, we were also given a new take on white in crisp, tailored and minimalist styles. Chic, sleek and seductive with a nod to the glamour of the sexy 70’s, the white trouser suit is this years sleek alternative to a party dress, with the white blazer promising to be a key investment for your summer wardrobe!
For the Calvin Klein Collection, Francisco Costa embraced minimalism like no other this season with long dresses and wide-legged trouser suits sashaying down the catwalk. Stella McCartney also gave us the ultimate chic summer statement with covetable tailored suits and waistcoats in luxurious silks, long jackets and flattering high-waisted, tapered trousers. The look is relaxed, cool and seriously sexy – the best places to find fairly affordable high street versions of this trend would be Zara and Warehouse.
How to wear the look
The easiest way is to invest in a white blazer and maxi dress or skirt; pair white trousers (if your lucky enough to have the pins to pull them off!) with a crochet/lace waistcoat and opt for plenty of accessories in silver or earthy tones. To really embrace the trend wear head-to-toe white, like below!