What to buy this season.
OFF THE AISLE, THE COLOR WHITE CONTINUES TO TURN HEADS AND RAISE QUESTIONS.
“Mme. Modish wears white from the tip of her hat to the point of her little white shoe,” read “The Fashions” column in one 1907 issue of U.S. town & country. A century ago the coordinated look was the height of Belle Epoque style for our readers. Later, debutantes like Peggy Hitchcock and Ann Firestone brought it back—Slim Aarons photographed them in their white kid gloves and gowns at the Waldorf Astoria for t&c in 1951. Ever traditional, British royals have long championed the white accessory cause. (Queen Elizabeth would never carry a white handbag without coordinating heels.) This season the look was on the runways at Dior, Stella McCartney, Oscar de la Renta, and Fendi. Though “Labor Day stowaway” is antiquated, Myka Meier, who runs the Plaza Hotel Finishing Program, says some rules still apply: Don’t wear white to a friend’s wedding, and no scuffs. “Whites are meant to be kept white,” Meier says. “Otherwise, it’s like walking around with chipped nail polish.”
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