This summer’s designer collections showcased diverse color palettes ranging from Zohra Alam’s nudes and pastels to neon structured solids from Farah Talib Aziz and Ansab Jehangir . A combination of breezy drapes and dramatic kalidars (an emerging fashion trend once again), paired with elegant dupattas reigned on social media as celebrities and fashionistas posted some stellar looks.
Yet, somehow the most refreshing and memorable pieces of this summer ended up being crisp white. Of course, combatting summer heat with refreshing white outfits has long been the oldest trick in the fashion trade. With restrictions to stay within one’s house due to the ongoing pandemic, white, in its understated splendor somehow became the winning color of choice.
After all, there’s nothing quite as versatile as an all white ensemble. So without further ado, here are my picks for the most fascinating monochrome looks this season:
Ammara Khan Atelier
A modern and Bohemian take on the traditional kaftan, this maxi-like dress features a front open slit, cutwork sleeves and fringed tassels. Fitted around the waist with a tie, the loose silhouette is flattering to all body types. Looking to dress it down? Pair it with distressed denims and flats for a luncheon. Looking for a formal touch? Pair it with formal pants or bell-bottoms and heels for an evening soiree.
The dreamy ivory Kasbah from Amna Arshad’s eid collection showcases flared lacy sleeves, and is embellished with intricate silver embroidery. It incorporates the mirror work trend, a personal favourite, but gives a modern spin to it. The button down back and the monochrome thread embroidery only add to the opulence of this piece.
The best part? The side slits with traditional beaded tassels hanging which truly pull the look together.
With floor-length drama and sleek half sleeves, the ‘Daisy’ Angarkha Pishwas by Sunnia Manahil is your new go-to traditional outfit. It borrows from iconic elements, featuring multiple panels pieced together with laces and scattered mirror work. The show-stealing quality, though is the dramatic open back and the scalloped finish.
Make sure to accessorize this with traditional jhumkas or balis for that extra oomph factor, or keep it simple with minimalistic jewelry. Either way, it makes for a great ensemble for any daytime wedding events.
Nadia Khan Studio
The Nora set offering crisp white raw silk matching separates has been making quite some rounds on Instgram recently. To accentuate its high collar and puffy sleeves, dress it up with chunky jewelry and a statement clutch for a night out. Or throw on a pop of color to alter the palette altogether. Various renditions of this piece have been spotten around town. It is truly an ode to the modern, urban woman: an investment, which won’t go out of style anytime soon!
From her previous luxury pret collections, which featured earthy nudes and soft pastels, Zohra Alam always churns out fascinating pieces. Though she is generally known for her unique silhouettes, here the piece is simply an urban chic kurta. Made with hand loomed fabric boasting an eclectic mix of lace, net and organza detailing, the classic piece is ideal for timeless moods.
This sleak, white-on-white ensemble, presents a basic neckline embellished with silver stones. The dupatta, though, is not so basic. Layered and pleated in different shades of icy blue net, the drape has an identity of its own, adding some serious drama to the overall look.
All these stunning pieces just go on to show that the simplicity of white is only deceptively so.