Monday, February 21, 2011


By Eva Fydrych

Minimal white, a trend made popular by Michael Kors, will be one of the top trends this season. Classic, clean cuts are a wonderful alternative for those who are fans of a simpler and more versatile look. The classic lines and undeniable elegance of these items have determined many famous designers to include variations of this trend in their collections in many different formsfrom romantic outfits to clean geometric lines and futuristic or postmodern influences.

The minimal white look is fresh, youthful, and very stylish. It doesn't require many accessories as it is all about form and shape. You can combine different pieces together – simple dresses, trousers, shirts – as long as you stick to this one rule: do not add another colour. Keep it all white and simple.

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" - Leonardo Da Vinci

Source: Harper's Bazaar, Fashion Magazine

MINIMAL WHITE - "head to toe" white look, simple in form and design.



White clothing is symbolic in many cultures. White materials show coloured stains and dirt very clearly, due to the high contrast. This may be a reason why in the West, white is the colour of purity, peace, innocence, and cleanness; very often within a religious context. Angels are typically depicted as clothed in white robes. Many images dealing with God and heaven portray it as existing in the clouds, where everything is white. This phenomenon is not limited to Western culture. In the Yoruba religion, the orisha Obatala in the Ifá tradition is represented by white. Obatala is associated with calmness, morality, old age, and purity. Also, more recently founded religions incorporate symbolism surrounding white. Healing or "good" magic is called White Magic.

White is the traditional colour of the bridal dress in most Western (European) and Japanese weddings. In Western weddings, a white dress and a veil is thought to be symbolic of purity. In Japanese weddings, white symbolizes the "death" of their former family and their introduction into their new family.

In the Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Indian traditions, white is the colour of mourning and death. It is also considered to be a bad omen. White also represented death in ancient Egypt, representing the lifeless desert that covered much of the country.

White reflects light and is considered a summer color. It is popular in decorating and in fashion because it is light, neutral, and goes with everything. However, white shows dirt and is therefore more difficult to keep clean than other colours.

Practically speaking, white can be used as camouflage in snowy environments or for reflecting harsh sunlight. Most uniforms with white element are used as a sign of authority, disassociating the wearer from manual labour. In a highly formal social setting, the traditional dress for the men attending is a white tie, a white tie and tails, or a white bow tie and a swallowtail coat. Physicians and scientists are known for wearing white coats, both for practical measures, protecting them from spills and stains, and to show authority. Doctors and nurses wear white to imply sterility.

Many traditional sports such as tennis, cricket, baseball, and basketball use white uniforms, white typically being the colour worn by the home team. This could be a direct result of the athletes' prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.

Source: Colour Psychology and Wikipedia

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