White is often interpreted as a somewhat boring colour, only mildly more adventurous than its darker opposite, black. However, whilst it is true that white is not as attention grabbing as brighter colours, this does not limit its potential. Working with a plain colour, designers are forced to focus on the details and the quality, therefore producing clean, structured pieces. There are no distractions or illusions; just a blank canvas. Craig Green demonstrated the colour's structural and emotive potential in his SS15 collection where the models wore all white to create the idea of a minimalist lifestyle. Green described the collection as a protest and though he did not detail what it was protesting against, the colour white has connotations of peace and purity; two ideas that are often central in constructing an emotive argument. White is gender neutral and can be worn all year round. That said, it is rare to see someone wearing head-to-toe white. To do so is daring not only in the same respect as colour blocking is, but because white clothes show up every crease and every stain wearing them for everyday life is risky. That said, I have a new found appreciation for white and I can't wait to start finding pieces to layer this autumn.
1, 3, 4, 5. Unknown via Tumblr, 2. Comme des Garçons, 6. Karlie Kloss, 7. Magdalena Frackowiak, 8. Cushnie et Ochs, 9. Malene Birger SS16, 10. By Piczo for Varon Mag, 11. FKA Twigs, 12. Adam Lippes Resort 2016, 13. Edward Cuming SS15 photographed by Javier Castan, 14. Charlie Davies, 15. Viktor & Rolf Spring 2015 couture, 16. Edita Vilkviciute for Time Magazine, 17. Dior SS15, 18. Paris Street Style via We The People, 19. Alexander McQueen SS11, 20. Craig Green SS15