Milan Fashion Week, Look 1 - White

Everything is gonna be all white... Sorry, terrible play on words forgive me.  But if Milan is anything to go buy, I may have a point.  Whether it was within the boundaries of the sportswear, romantic or all out jazztastic (well, this is the Italians after all) the colour that isn't a colour was all over the place in the Italian collections.  Lovely to see as the Milan shows make my head spin with all that grandeur and spectacle.

Raf Simons is just on another level, again.  Jil Sander's SS11 collection put a whole new meaning on the plain white T shirt - it was turned from the piece everyone throws on at the weekend when nothing else is clean (although you probably have a strange food stain on it somewhere), to an absolute staple to be partnered up with a bright maxi skirt.  We hope he manages to do the same for the 'all over white' look next year, as the lack of colour in the outfit made the tailoring and design stand out a whole mile more.  Love. PS - note the hint of mint on the 5th picture... The colour to have for SS12.

Clean lines and sportswear themes from Marni

Marni and Maxmara both worked the look into their sportwear pieces, very successfully.  Not sure if I would feel comfortable wearing active-style outfits that are all white, as I might look like I am going to the tennis all the time, but none the less again the lack of colour makes the craftsmanship shine out.  Texture, sheer and simplicity is key when using white, and I love it.

Between the flamenco and court madness at Moschino, white played a part.  Demonstrating that texture can make a white outfit anything but plain - the label paired the tone up with lace, pattern and flamboyance.  Love the head pieces too - would imagine that'll spark a less floral wedding-wear trend for next year.

Remind anyone of a SS11 Topshop dress anyone?

Finally, Emporio Armani went down the monochrome route, with key white staples paired up with black.  Love the tuxedo jackets and smoking, Chicago style outfits.  Text book Armani chic, the collection had an art deco/1920s theme.  Texture again plays a major role - and the hats and structure in the dresses will be a look to watch.

Check out our further round ups from the New York, London, Milan and Paris shows here.

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