White has never truly gone “out” of style. It’s a timeless hue for interiors, creating a fresh backdrop for other colors (or used to stunning effect on its own). In the fashion realm, white takes on more of a dramatic feel. It’s technically a neutral, but unlike a beige or black, an all-white ensemble fails to fade in the background. White is a pristine statement all its own. Designer Zuhair Murad explored the dramatic effect of white in her Paris Fashion Week Collections, which also featured an exquisite array of textures.

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Murad sent white lace and tulle perfection down the runway, and further dazzled the crowd with structured head designs symbolizing cages that were a nod to the name of the collection (Amour-En-Cage, or caged love). Murad’s designs expertly balanced the delicate feminine details with sharp tailoring and metal accents.

The intricate lace details and stunning floral embroidery particularly reminded us of the way white can shift the focus to elegant details in an interior:

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Here, Catherine Kwong uses white as a contrasting element. The walls, mantel, and accent chairs enhance the dark beauty of the wood floor and coffee table. You’ll also notice how the white walls draw the eye to the gold details on the ceiling (to our surprise, this was a decal).

It’s a look that can easily translate to the home: The all-white walls, for example, allow you to try out different color schemes throughout the year. In the cooler months, Kwong’s palette of dark hues with glimpses of gold creates a cozy yet chic look. Come spring and summer, navy and pastel colors feel just right in a fresh white room.

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