Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra try something scary this week


Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra try something scary this week

Would you wear white in the monsoon?

By Salva Mubarak  June 5th, 2017

It’s the time of the year when the weather is more unpredictable than Kanye West and wearing white in the great outdoors is considered an act of bravery. Your grandmother will remind you that it’s impractical to do so. The Jackson Pollock-esque mud print on your white trousers that one time you stepped out during the rains is testament to that. When it comes to deciding whether you should go for that white dress when the sky is greyer than Christian Grey, remember the wise words of Justin Beiber, “never say never”.

Clearly this was the memo sent out to celebrities recently, who brought out their best whites and gave us some memorable looks. Priyanka Chopra went on an all-white spree on her Baywatch promotion tour in London, where she wore looks from Altuzarra and Ryan Roche. Alia Bhatt picked out a piece from BFF Prabal Gurung’s Spring ’17 collection. Take a look at our picks of the best all-white looks from celebrities recently and the designers behind them.

Priyanka Chopra and Alia Bhatt show you how to work white this monsoon

Priyanka Chopra in Zimmermann

Sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann have been credited for bringing Australian fashion to the global forefront. Their namesake label debuted in 1991 after they started selling handmade dresses in local markets in Sydney, but gained international popularity after they fused fashion with swimwear. The label is known for its ‘quintessentially Australian’ laidback glamour.

Alia Bhatt in Prabal Gurung

The Nepalese-born, US-based designer has been a vocal supporter of women’s rights. “A woman’s greatest strength comes from embracing her femininity and being unafraid of the way she is. I call it ‘modern feminism’ because I want it to become obvious that, as a woman today, you have a choice—and having a choice, a voice, a vote is the most important thing,” he had told us in an interview right before he launched his first retail collection in India. Sure enough, his Spring 2017 collection was politically charged, with dresses that were trimmed with ribbons, printed with quotes from popular feminist literature and speeches. He chose to eschew his usual fare of gowns at the closing of the show, instead opting for pantsuits, a nod to the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who he actively campaigned for. 

Freida Pinto in Elie Saab

Lebanese designer Elie Saab, who is responsible for Sonam Kapoor’s slow but steady transformation into a Disney princess, decided to experiment with his Resort 2017 collection. The designer, who is known for his fairytale-esque gowns, sent down a series of streamlined silhouettes down the runway, including jumpsuits and pantsuits. He retained his signature ultra-feminine elements through an abundance of florals in print, inclusion of lace inserts and vibrant beading on the surface.

Priyanka Chopra in Ryan Roche

US-based ready-to-wear designer Ryan Roche introduced her ‘laidback working wardrobe’ with her Spring 2017 collection. Citing Princess Diana as her muse, the designer featured her version of a suit with high-waisted trousers, cinched at the waist and a cardigan-like blazer, paired with a lace camisole. The designer has also been a long-time advocate for ethical sourcing and sustainable manufacturing. 

Priyanka Chopra in Altuzarra

New York-based designer Joseph Altuzarra wanted to fight the somber atmosphere after the recent US elections with his Spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection. His collection was to be the antidote to the ‘dark times’ brought in by the results of the election, and so his collection had to be happy, flirty and fun. Models walked down the runway in ruffled slip dresses and stretchy knits with quirky prints.