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The white shirt was all over the spring runways. Designers started with its most basic incarnation and had their way with it, cropping, stretching, frothing, de- and reconstructing for a wealth of different looks. Nina Ricci’s Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh gave the version shown here feminine ruching and paired it with mannish pin-striped trousers. At Carolina Herrera, the white shirt is a house standard, beloved by the founder. This season, creative director Wes Gordon added evening interest in big bell sleeves and 3-D embroidery. And at Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli opened his show with a lineup of distinctive variations. “I like this idea of it becoming different,” he offered, “keeping the authenticity but with a different shape and cut.” Citing various Richard Avedon portraits of white-shirted subjects, Piccioli mused that the item offers more than visual appeal. “People say you can feel the humanity, the essence of the person  through the white,” he said. “It’s very important.”

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