It is no surprise that some of the most iconic fashion designers, starting with Gabriel Chanel herself, always wear something white close to their face.
Look at Karl Lagerfeld’s uniform for instance.
The Kaiser is famously known for abhorring sartorial sloppiness and has come down to a few essential:
“It’s the same thing for men and women: a white shirt, a jean and a jacket – whatever it is, a blazer, whatever – these are the three basic things, with a t-shirt. That is what everybody needs, and there’s not even a gender problem,” he says, as he interviews himself, in a video for Net-a-Porter magazine. “I’m not going to say ‘What you need is a cocktail dress’ – there aren’t so many cocktails in life any more.”
Which his absolutely true, this is why we offer so many gorgeous ones for hire on Nothing-to-Wear
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Decades ago, and even before shading 90 pounds so he could wear Hedi Sliman for Dior Homme skinny black suits, the Kaiser always sported a white handmade shirt from Hilditch & Key.
Even now that he is dashingly sporting a beard, Karl has moved away from his white shirt. The beard has made a lot of ink flow with its pros and cons.
I personally think that it looks fantastic on him.
It ads some definition to his jaw which was showing signs of the times and adds more white near the face.
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Mademoiselle Chanel was the first one to wear white close to her face.
She popularised custom jewellery making it her trade mark as she famously said “A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls.”
Coco Chanel in her famous pearls – Photo by Lipnitzky/ Roget-Viollet
Coco Chanel also added “Fashion is always of the time in which you live. It is not something standing alone. But the grand problem, the most important problem, is to rejeuvenate women.
To make women look young. Then their outlook changes. They feel more joyous.”
Hence wearing white next to your face…
It brightens up your complexion. Pearls gave a lustrous youthful glow, diamonds an irreplaceable shine and a white camellia brightens any tweed jacket.
The story of Gabrielle Chanel’s adoration of the camellia flower begins with a single blossom and a gift from a charming man who captured her heart forever.
His name was Boy Capel and he was known as a “dashing lover”. He was a very wealthy man by the time he met Chanel and he put his whole trust in her.
Though their love affair was brief and ended tragically, it left an indelible mark on Chanel’s heart and lived on through her designs, in particular the recurring and emblematic camellia.
To this day, CHANEL honours this love affair and “endlessly showcases Mademoiselle’s beloved flower, the camellia, in designs of rare femininity.”
We just sold this 1990’s vintage white camellia brooch but let us know if you want one as we constantly are on the look out for some more…
We styled it here with our vintage Armani tuxedo jacket
It was also loved by Chanel because, when wearing the flower, its lack of scent meant it never interfered with her most famous perfume – No. 5.
Carolina Herrera, the venezuelan born designer, has adopted white shirts as her signature style and as she says :
“I think I’ve always loved white shirts. They’re like a security blanket for me because I feel I can wear them with anything.
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She knows makes it a habit to bow after every fashion show in her now white shirt uniform which made her known as “The chicest woman alive” and we totally approve.
Here she is attending the Carolina Herrera Collection fashion show during New York Fashion week on the 13th of February 2017 and she looks both impeccable and glowing.(Photo: Mike Pont/WireImage)
Here is a selection of white outfits in order to get a much desired flawless and youthful glow in these harsh winter days.
This vintage Ungaro outfit is the epitome of couture.
The beads, embroideries and rock crystal will make you glow with the pleasure of turning heads as you make your entrance.
You can wear the jacket with a pair of black skinnies and killer heels to suit the season.This BCBG MAX AZRIA exudes elegance without breaking the bank as you can hire it for 4 days for as little as £75
The sequins and Swarovski crystals on this Ivory CANTARELLI COUTURE top will give you an extra shine.
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