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  • technicians, white is for people who have flawless figures and no children with sticky fingers, correct? Except that, thanks not a little to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, white is no longer the color you only wear at your most confident (ie slimmest), it is the color for a bit of heat – the season’s new red, if you like. Your evening default. So then, courage, readers, it won’t be so bad.

    For starters, it is not about being tanned. Though white looks to-die-for on naturally dark skin, in its new incarnation it looks equally fantastic on pale, translucent skin with just a hint of a blush. But while I am tempted to reference Tilda Swinton as the White Witch, or Wilkie Collins’ Victorian classic, The Woman in White, what we are talking here is less frosty, less austere. Think about the way winter-white experts Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow do it. The way a modern Hitchcockian heroine might wear it, almost: fresh, bracing, but still smoking-hot sexy in its own clever,

    non-clichéd way.

    Now. If you have the abs (and the youth) of Huntington-Whiteley, you might want to try the white-bandeau-top-with-midi-skirt look. I know I can’t go there. What I could handle, however, is a simple white sheath by By Malene Birger or a more drapey one by Alexander Wang. Or even an architectural white leather version from Calvin Klein. Very simple, very clean, very pure, but kind of sexy, too. If I were feeling a bit braver, I might try it the way Simone Rocha so cleverly did the look for FW13: pairing a white frothy, dotted tulle skirt with a cuddly angora sweater. Ditto the sheer, tiered maxi that Chloé showed, with a plain black top.

    Take note. White and black, very modern. How cool, for example, does a box-pleat skirt in ivory

    “Wear WHITE like a modern Hitchcockian heroine – fresh, bracing, but smoking-hot SEXY”

    patent leather by Jonathan Saunders, or a white wool midi skirt by Stella McCartney with the plainest and sheerest of chemises (maybe in chiffon or silk), sound? With delicate black Alexander Wang sandals? And don’t think for one minute your accessories need to be white, as well. As long as it’s not too “clumpy”, black is a fabulous way to update white. So stilettos as opposed to brogues, please, or maybe a version of those darling scalloped Mary-Jane flats on the Proenza catwalk.

    A picture landed on my desk today of a slinky full-length sheath by US designer Adam Lippes, worn with red stilettos. The more I look at it, the more I think that is the way I am going to do white. With red. A white, slouchy, sheer paneled Stella shirt, say; a cream cashmere sweater by Simone Rocha or Acne; an ivory silk Comme des Garçons kilt circa 1985 (which I dug out of my closet the other day and still looks as good as new). And some red Charlotte Olympia heels. Black, begone with you. Well, for this week, at least.

    How to do

    white for night

    dare to head out in fw13’s
    hottest evening shade


    Black is a sleek companion color


    Set off the look with a vivid blusher.


    Modern-styled heels are the
    final touch.

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