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white heat

Once again, we're grinding gears and shifting towards opposites. Last week we took a trip to the dark side as we looked at the ever fashionable colour black. This week, we go shooting off to the other extreme as we explore the pristine shades of white in our thematic series.

Cool, classic white, is the amalgamation of all colours of light, and neutral colour that goes with everything. It reflects light and is considered a summer colour. Because of its reflecting property, the colour is used in interior design to create the illusion of space, and the same principle may work in fashion. Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity, a custom dating back to Ancient Greece. There, the temple that was dedicated to the goddess Athene was made of white marble. It led to the linking of the colour to virginity. Doctors and nurses wear white to imply cleanliness and sterility. White is also associated with neutrality and peace, hence a white flag for surrender or parley. For the same reason it is a neutral colour that will continue to be the preferred backdrop on websites and the "colour" behind the colour. White is known for symbolizing light, reverence, purity, truth, snow, peace, innocence, cleanliness, simplicity, security, humility, sterility, winter, coldness, surrender, fearfulness, unimaginative, air, death (in Eastern cultures), life, marriage (in Western cultures), hope, bland, empty (interior) and January (winter).

How to wear white
Despite being a neutral colour, white needs to be worn carefully. It shows dirt easily, and is hard to clean. Make sure to wear underwear that is almost the same colour as your skin. This is because many things show under white very easy. When considering winter whites, fabric is also an important consideration. Wool, cotton, satin and silk are some popular choices for the upcoming months.

Unless the cut is right, it also has the unfortunate tendency to make one look fat. So with a white garment, your tailor is your best friend. White is a popular colour in the festival season here, particularly amongst men, who would be looking to sport crisp white for the morning prayers.

With white, particularly in winter, there definitely can be too much of a good thing. There is a difference between an accent of white and looking like a snow queen. It works best as a basic garment, to which you add colourful accessories and bright accents and highlights. A basic white kurti, paired with jeans and a multi-coloured dupatta, is an old fusion favourite. Just so, teaming a white kameez with bold shalwars and dupattas and tasteful jewellery can be a fun look. Or even an all-white ensemble with bold, colourful accessories. Avoid white accessories because they can be overwhelming. If you have white clothes do not have a white bag or shoes and visa versa. You want to contrast a bit.

Maheen Khan's Festival Colours
This year, Maheen Khan's collection for Eid is elegant and sophisticated in soft shades of natural, neutral tones. These shades are timeless and are always chic. The key words being minimal and modern, that's just how it was executed. Skirts with magnificent hemlines cut in minuscule split open knife seams that open up to surprising flares. Bias tiers in such skirts cascade as waterfall patterns that shift and flow with motion. Paired with matching short blouses in shift styles finely embroidered and embellished, they will rock any party. Her suits are in finely hand embroidered cotton. The styles have clean lines that move from the mode to the magna. Candid and comfortable, the emphasis is on the wearability of the clothing. Paired with translucent weaves the end result is spectacular.

The saris in the collection reflect on her signature style. Whether they're in chiffon, satin silk or ornamented silk muslin, they are all subtle and engineered to showcase a graceful ingeniously neat appearance.

You can top off these clothes with the right accessories, and keeping that in mind, the Maheen Khan studio designs offer gold-plated silver jewellery set in semi-precious stones and natural pink pearls. Also on offer are flat sandals with intricate gold wire and stone bejeweled application.

By Sabrina F Ahmad
Photo: Wang Haiqing, 2L Photography
Wardrobe and styling: Mayasir
Make-up: Farzana Shakil's Makeover Salon
Location: Khazana


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