WHITE SUITE MAKES
A DRAMATIC COMEBACK
Copyright 2002 www.reuters.com
[ January 15th 2002 ]
times are dark the world wears white - and somehow
the old is made new again. Judging from the latest
fashion shows, the bright white suit may emerge
to be the hottest fashion statement for men and
women this spring, experts said.
look may also serve as a boost to the collective
dark mood following the hijack attacks on U.S.
landmarks on September 11 and the subsequent war
in Afghanistan. The current crop of white suits
provides a more comfy silhouette, a no-brainer
choice for evening wear and an irreverent, happy
twist on the lean, dark suits of the recent past,
like Hugo Boss, Chloe, Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin
Klein, Gucci, Viktor and Rolf and Giorgio Armani
all show white suits in their 2002 spring collections.
Showbusiness personalities such as "Girl, Interrupted"
star Angelina Jolie, rapper impresario Sean "Puffy"
Combs, pop diva Christina Aguilera and actress
Leelee Sobieski have all recently been photographed
in white suits.
say that white outfits have sometimes emerged
following times of darkness. At the turn of the
last century American novelist Mark Twain caused
a furor not only for his racially charged novel
"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," but also
for donning a white suit in the middle of a dark,
depressing winter, according to a new PBS documentary
airing Monday and Tuesday.
Twain," a documentary directed by Ken Burns reveals
that in the early 1900s, Twain, reeling from crushing
debt and the death of his wife and children, took
to parading around Manhattan in scarlet socks
and a snow-white flannel suit.