Characterized by extreme sparseness, there is an ideal of clean shapes and natural faces in current fashion. Running parallel to brocades, floral prints and exaggerated proportions, there is a trend that features unfussy sleek lines, simple silhouettes and a neutral palette that is powerfully understated. Lacking in richness and embellishment, fresh faces and ethereal almost transparent features set a precedent that it’s possible to remain cleverly simple in a highly complex world.
There is something promising in an essential cut that just stays effortless on the body. Like an Eric Satie piano work, shapes and patterns are organically lean: not as in containing little or no fat, but as in precise, razor-sharp contours, elimination by geometric cutouts, and garments that refuse to become involved with grandiose sentiments.
In this minimalist approach, unnecessary detail is eliminated, resembling a Japanese painter who puts upon the paper the fewest lines possible, and those few lines are enough to create form and texture and to convey a coherent, strong emotion. Uncomplicated and straightforward, provocation then is of minor importance. Sophistication is not forced, it’s just a natural consequence. Clean and simple, raw and honest, confident and light: white on white.
Illustration by Veronica del Valle