• Mon, Sep 9 2013

NYFW Trends: Designers Weirdly Convinced That Real Women Will Wear Head-To-Toe White For Spring

Models walk the runway at the Helmut Lang Spring 2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images)

Models walk the runway at the Helmut Lang Spring 2014 fashion show.

So far, a lot of the Spring 2014 collections have felt a little bit like… designers are going through the season’s motions. There’s been some fresh silhouettes–namely, unexpected volume, slouchy menswear, trapeze tops–but there’s also been a lot of recycling from recent seasons (peplums, crop tops). Moreover, the Spring palette is so predictably Spring: bright florals, juicy oranges, deep saturation blues and lots of delicate pastels.

And, just like every Spring, this strange idea that designers expect women to wear head-to-toe white. That’s tops, trousers, shorts, skirts and sandals all in very bright, immaculate white–but who is the woman they’re designing for? Does she live in a pristine grime-free vacuum, floating from fashion show to afterparty in a sterile hovercraft where nothing ever gets dirty?

We know that designers often imagine a specific kind of woman for each collection–but who is the woman that wears head-to-toe white? And, judging by the amount of solid white columns on the runways, they must think she’s out there in droves.

Let’s have a look at the permanent Spring trend–and, as fresh and alluring as many appear, just keep in mind the coffee stains…

A model walks the runway at the Victoria Beckham Presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Cafe Rouge on September 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images)

Well, no one ever accused Victoria Beckham of designing for mortals.

Model walks the runway during the Rebecca Taylor show at Center 548 on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images)

But Rebecca Taylor is usually so wearable.

A model walks the runway at the Jill Stuart fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014)

How long would it take to irreparably damage this Jill Stuart look?

10 seconds?

Helmut Lang - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Helmut Lang.

A model walks the runway at the Richard Chai Spring 2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Richard Chai combined textures for a layered white look.

A model walks the runway at the Peter Som Spring 2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Milk Studios on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Peter Som with a volumetric top and watery pants.

A model walks the runway at the Jason Wu fashion show during MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014 at 82 Mercer on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images)

Jason Wu, with peplums, sheer panels and lace.

A model walks the runway at the Ruffian fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014)

REally, really into those pointy polka dot loafers, though, Ruffian.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: A model walks the runway at the Suno fashion show during MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Center 548 on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)

 

Speaking of great shoes, Suno‘s sandals were dead-on.

Prabal Gurung - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Prabal Gurung showed a blinding bright retro-futurism mashup but still made time for an all-white look.

Thakoon - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Thakoon with a touch of Gatsby, modernized by that open-toe and crossbody.

Band Of Outsiders Women's - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

The usually infinitely wearable Band of Outsiders, with a white short suit.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 4 Diane Von Furstenberg gilds her white.

Jeremy Laing - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

White stripes are all over the Spring 2014 runways–crisscossing here at Jeremy Laing.

Jeremy Laing - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Crop tops, sheerness and lots of white again, at Laing.

Tracy Reese - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Perforation and eyelets are more popular tropes–here’s Tracy Reese with contrasting details in white.

Tracy Reese - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Reese again, with a crop top.

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  • Jenni

    What else would a lady wear while on her period besides all white? Also, which of these are best for doing carefree cartwheels?

  • LynnKell

    I own around 8 pieces of white clothing because the water in my town is very harsh, loaded with minerals and that crisp white shade is gone in no time.

    • LynnKell

      Plus, you won’t caught me in white pants on my period. NO FREAKING WAY.

  • KathleenCat

    When I buy something white, I usually make sure it’s something I can dye a dark color later in case of spills and stains.
    Or, I make sure it’s like, 5 bucks. Or less.