White Now

White Mischief (clockwise from top left): Rihanna in Adam Selman at the Battleship premiere, Real Housewife Kyle Richards lets loose in Grecian inspired Aidan Mattox, Brooklyn Decker in Calvin Klein Collection at the What to Expect premiere, and model Julia Orayen heats up the Mexican Presidential debate.

As June inches ever closer even the timid among us can bring forth their white choices from the hollows of their wardrobes. It is now fashionably safe to wear white, current to wear white and for some, a mandate to wear white. Immediately following the Cannes Amfar Gala, style icon Anna Dello Russo posted the following fashion decree “Stay in strict, smart disciplined mood…Only admitted BLACK or WHITE”. If Anna says it, it will be so. And yet, from the flurry of long white gowns crowding red carpets everywhere (starting with Gwynneth P. appearing as our fave caped crusader at the Oscars) it would seem we’re already there. Just be certain to heed Anna’s dressing orders and read between the lines to keep the white long, clean and sophisticated. Long and white lends itself to the bronzed shoulder of summer. Long and white demands beachy waves in the hair and flawlessly clean makeup. Whereas short and white is in danger of being read as too perky and bubbly (read: skating costume), long and white translates to Grecian goddess. It is both noble and effortless. Kept refined, the long and white trend is fluid and bright; akin to the words of the winner at a presidential debate. Which brings us to how NOT to do long and white. The cleavage-bearing, teardrop cut-out that landed Argentinian model Julia Orayen in the center of a media frenzy following her appearance at the Mexican Presidential debate was neither disciplined nor minimal. The event producers had asked that she wear a white dress, but had failed to specify that, like a good politician, the best whites now are disciplined, smart and cover up where needed.
The white choice: (clockwise from top left) Sophia Kokosalaki convertible strapless ruched dress (or maxi skirt) at www.net-a-porter.com, Ann Demeulemeester fringed waistcoat and gauzy skirt at www.119corbo.com, Holy Tee tiered silk and jersey at www.net-a-porter.com, Rachel Zoe strapless fluidity at www.shopbop.com, Mara Hoffman beachy crochet at www.revolveclothing.com and Badgley Mischka asymetric Grecian styling at www.shopbop.com.

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