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…
Well, no one ever accused Victoria Beckham of designing for mortals.
But Rebecca Taylor is usually so wearable.
How long would it take to irreparably damage this Jill Stuart look?
Richard Chai combined textures for a layered white look.
Peter Som with a volumetric top and watery pants.
Jason Wu, with peplums, sheer panels and lace.
REally, really into those pointy polka dot loafers, though, Ruffian.
Speaking of great shoes, Suno‘s sandals were dead-on.
Prabal Gurung showed a blinding bright retro-futurism mashup but still made time for an all-white look.
Thakoon with a touch of Gatsby, modernized by that open-toe and crossbody.
The usually infinitely wearable Band of Outsiders, with a white short suit.
Diane Von Furstenberg gilds her white.
White stripes are all over the Spring 2014 runways–crisscossing here at Jeremy Laing.
Crop tops, sheerness and lots of white again, at Laing.
Perforation and eyelets are more popular tropes–here’s Tracy Reese with contrasting details in white.
Reese again, with a crop top.
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