Friday, October 26, 2012

Dreaming Of Summer At The Whitney Linen Show

The Whitney Linen Spring/Summer 2013 show at Toronto Fashion Week presented a style aesthetic that I can live by – crisp, classic, clean, and feminine. Their show had me yearning for the warmer months and wishing that I could wear their elegant white jumpsuit at an all-white attire backyard soiree (you know, because I get invited to those…).  

The Whitney Linen collection was an eye opener for me. I didn’t realize that linen could be so elegant and formal. I normally think of linen as being something that you wear in the summer on a beach, in Europe (one can dream, can’t she?). Yet, Whitney Linen proved me wrong as they presented a comprehensive collection that demonstrated that linen can go well beyond casual.  

Opening the show was a stunning aqua, one shoulder dress with a large draped bow down the back. If I hadn’t known that this dress was linen, I would’ve thought it was silk. It moved effortlessly as the model walked down the runway. At this point in the show, I was convinced and eager to see more.

Flowing skirts, tops, and short dresses made their way out. A number of these items were on the casual side, which made them perfect for summer office to evening wear. Some pieces were embellished with a luxe fresh-water pearl lining, while others had strings of pearls draped loosely across the shoulders. Aqua and lavender colours complimented the bright white linen and signalled that pastels will be hot again this spring.
My personal favourites from the collection were the more formal pieces because I was impressed by how elegant linen could look. The white tuxedo pants, the halter-top jumpsuit and the long dresses are the pieces that take linen from beach-wear to warm summer evening wear. 

Overall, the effortlessly chic European flavour of the Whitney Linen collection demonstrated that linen can be so much more. You can find Whitney Linen online

There’s more fashion week coverage to come!

Carolyn Desrosiers is the style blogger behind  Find her on Twitter @covetedclassics.

Photos by: Carolyn & George Pimentel.

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