Posted by Bethan Holt, Fashion Junior at Large
|Peter Lindberh's supermodels in white shirts (image from thefashionbloggers.blogspot.com)|
1. Take a blingy party dress from your wardrobe.
2. Wear with white shirt.
Ta da! Ok, so it's pretty simple but the basic principle is that you can revive old skirts and dresses just by wearing them a new and now way, namely by priming them up with a crisp shirt rather than baring flesh or using a cardigan to cover up. Take it a step further by adding gems to the cuff or a ribbon round the collar. It is imperative that the shirt is taken far, far away from corporate connotations to achieve the right level of nowness- Kristen Stewart wore a Stella white shirt get-up recently which would have been rather fab had it not been for the overly staid jacket that got plonked on top.
|Kristen Stewart in Stella (image from mydaily.co.uk)|
|Alexa in Marc Jacobs plus shirt at the Met Gala (image from mydaily.co.uk)|
It wasn't actually Alexa who started this trend- though she's it earliest real life adopter. On the AW12 catwalks, there were white shirts sprinkled into many of the major shows. Giles' show notes even thanked Gap for the provision of white shirts throughout. Roksanda Ilincic kept the shirt within its menswear roots but added fur and sporty cuffs. Simone Rocha put huge knitted panels on hers while Stella's were embroidered in cobalt blue rococo patterns.
|Giles AW12 (image from catwalking.com)|
|Roksanda Ilincic AW12 (image from catwalking.com)|