Monday 5 March 2012

Trend spotting: 3 of the best Little white Dresses from Singapore labels

Forget about colours, this summer’s hottest trend is all white!

From the Oscars where stars like Gwenyth Paltrow, Rooney Mara, Octavia Spencer and Mila Jovovic wowed in their all-white looks, to the SS2012 runways of designer labels like Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Nina Ricci, L’Wren Scott; white dresses have been on the rise this year and luckily for us replacing the LBD as the classic dress to go to for every occasion.

What I love about the LWD is that it is very versatile, breezy for the summer and works well with almost all skin tones as long as you follow few tips which I’ll be dishing out later in this post. The trend this summer has spanned from very minimal and practical forms of the LWD (Jason Wu and L’Wren Scott) to a more ornamental ones like the detailed and romantic lace and organza creations at Louis Vuitton especially.

But first, as usual I’ve done the work for you and picked 3 of the best on trend LWDs, all from local labels of course! These dresses are not on the cheap side but they’re definitely worth the investment as judging by the AW2012 shows in NY, the LWD is here to stay  for at least a couple more seasons to come.

This Spring/Summer's LWD as shown on the runways of Alberta
Ferretti (left),Louis Vuitton (centre) and L'Wren Scott (right)

Stars who wore white at the Oscars including Gwenyth Paltrow in
Tom Ford, Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji and Rooney Mara in Givenchy.

More white dresses from the SS2012 runways of Jason Wu (left)
Nina Ricci (centre) and Moschino (right)

1-If you’re more on the dressy side, then this organza Pauline Ning frock is perfect for you. It’s structured yet soft and feminine and reminds me of Louis Vuitton’s SS12 collection which featured the same kind of structure and material but with lace and laser cut details as well.
Dress is available  for S$549 at Pauline Ning online shop and other outlets.

Pauline Ning organza dress (right) follows structural yet feminine lines as seen
at Louis Vuitton SS2012 (right)

2- If you prefer lace and simple silhouette, then this IA (by Ashley Isham) dress is just the right answer to the big white lace trend which featured especially in this season’s Moschino collection. It is simple cut yet the sheer and flower lace details make it chic ad feminine to rival any LBD for a cocktail party!
Dress is available  for S$495 at Asia Fashion Inc.

The IA dress (left) also took on lace and a softer approach to LWD, as seen in
Moschino's SS2012 collection (left)

3- If you’re fuss free and prefer simple material and a more dressed down look, this stretched cotton alldressedup frock is the one for you. It has a Scute bow in the front and the halter neckline keeps it effortless and fun. It can be dressed either up or down very easily due its material and cut/length which almost hits the knees. It reminds me of L’Wren Scott’s wrap dress which I fell in love with in the designer’s spring/summer collection.
Dress is available for S$409 at Zalora.

A more simple and slightly casual take on the trend with this alldressedup frock (left)
which is similar in feel to L'Wren Scott's creation (right)

Tricks to rock the LWD?

Well it’s easy. Just make sure there is enough contrast in your outfit so it doesn’t look washed out. Use the contrast whether it’s your hair v/s skin colour, eye make-up, bright lipstick, or just bold accessories to complement the look.

The beauty of the white dress is that it works with almost everything. Try a fun take by teaming it with colourful shoes (ex. Electric blue) and a contrasting bright clutch (think fuschia, orange or something with texture or beads), or go for metallic accessories and shoes which are perfect for a glamorous night out. If you want to add a rock edge, a statement black shoes goes very well just make sure it’s not a just pair of boring black pumps but more of a fierce ankle booties or spiked skyscraper heels and don’t forget the smokey eyes for that innocent/edgy contrast.