It’s been seriously hotting up over the past couple of weeks over here in the UK and its forcing us to finally step out of our comfort zone – away from those jeans and black tights and into more appropriately cool attire. I offer to you summer’s take on the infamous LBD staple, the LWD – a.k.a the Little White Dress. In my opinion no Spring/Summer collection is complete without it. Ideally, it should be floaty, lightweight, breathable and generally fuss-free, but this year things went fancy dress with the ‘Luxe’ trend taking over the catwalks. We’re talking embellishment, embroidery, laces, frills, folds, ribbons and bows on everything from your hats down to your shoes. In line with this, the LWD got a Gatsby-style makeover.
The new Luxe White Dress was seen at Balmain, incorporating harlequin and geometric patterns and combining them with complex embroidery using basket weaving techniques for a powerful, but perhaps overly busy ensemble. Christopher Kane did busy the best way with repetitive bows that interlaced together to create a delicate cage structure, whilst Chanel demonstrated its usual preference for pearls, this time using fantastic large pearl domes and embellishing them on simple, boxy-straight, strapless dresses. Meanwhile, Moschino kept it cute and classic with crochet tea dresses.
The only problem with such fancy dress is affordability. Topshop have some great options but most of them fall in above the £50 line. One example is the white fringe dress, pictured above, which would be great for any daring festival fashionista, as long as she’s willing to avoid the mud! The lace and mesh placement dress falls in slightly cheaper at £55 and is my personal favourite, but the crochet number for only £34 is equally as cute and looks like it might be a lighter, airier option and therefore more ‘heat-wave’ friendly. Look also towards New Look for embossed floral patterns, French Connection for sixties silhouettes, and H&M for some sale-bin bargains which may just tick all the right boxes. See how the celebs wore theirs: