Looking Forward: The Winter Whites of Fall 2012
Posted by on August 13, 2012 | 3:51 pm EST

There comes an ominous darkness on the horizon as we slip farther away from the warmth of summer and inch closer to the chilly months ahead. With the looming—and brooding—season so heavily associated with maroons, oxbloods and midnight blacks, the sight of majestic whites on the New York, Milan, London and Paris catwalks jolted us wide awake in eager excitement.

What better way is there to embrace the stone-cold iciness of the winter season but to drape ourselves in all its pristine glory? On the runway, the winter whites arrived in a sundry of alterations and modifications. While the virginal nuances of the color, as evident on the Valentino catwalk, is never forgotten, the architectural genius that thrived on the Thierry Mugler and Proenza Schouler catwalks bannered the edgy and sexual potential of the color that is too often stereotyped with dainty innocence and dreamy bridal wear. Other designers also put a decidedly different stamp of white in their respective collections. Chloé and Jil Sander, for instance, saw women in superbly feminine whites for the next season, while Phillip Lim and Paco Rabanne were all about power dressing in the glorious hue.

The incoming season may cast a certain air of moodiness into the color palette of women’s closets, but the booming appearance of white promises a brighter dose of sophistication other than the ubiquitous black or oxblood. The color is also a welcome departure from the excess of spring and summer neon that has been desperately clinging for transeasonal excuse.

From sweaters to pants and dresses to biker jackets, designers’ well-stocked arsenal of snowy whites for the next season have proven itself worthy of a spin no matter what the occasion is. Although these immaculate pieces are dangerously prone to wretched coffee stains and city dirt, there seems to be no stopping the contagion of white in our fall/winter wardrobe.

Click through the slideshow above to see some of our most loved winter white looks from the fall 2012 season.

Photos from iMAXtree.com

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