Trend Ahead: White, the trend of renewal

Tracy SternTracy Stern
Von Goethe, the German writer, said, "We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden."

Intrinsically, this appears to be something each person understands, and the New Year marks a fitting time to start this process. Never, does it seem, is there a more appropriate time to examine from within. The product trends of the season reflect this collective consciousness in clean and uncluttered displays - a beautiful tabula rasa (clean slate).

In what is being called the most wearable fashion trend, white is everywhere. Long having been the color of those who meditate and look inward, white is perfect to adorn now. A reliable and reinvigorating pick-me-up, white calls to us in the cold winter and waits in our closet for the rebirth of the New Year. Valentino and Céline have wonderful white pieces that go perfectly with new perspectives and new desires.

Trendsetters, however, are rarely content to leave expression in the ambry. Perhaps this is why Palm Beach designer David Piscuskas is making news with his minimal, white kitchens. With little contrast, one is at ease in his kitchens. The design seems to encourage renewal from within, making it easy to make new, clean food choices as we transform and replenish. 

White, the absence of color, seems to also be a trend for the New Year in furnishings and tabletop. While visiting the national chain Kartell on my recent visit to Florida, the purity of the white home décor on display makes it feel like a renewal of sorts, perfect for refreshing the home for a new start in a New Year.

Tracy Stern is the author of two books on the art of entertaining and the founder of the international tea company Salontea with shops in Dubai, Paris and Vancouver. She is recognized as a society hostess and philanthropist in New York City. Setting the scene as a luxury trend-setter and interior designer, Stern's first furniture collection will debut later this year. She can be reached at

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