THE ART OF CONTRAST
Seen at Marck Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez, Jil Sander and Celine, back-to-basics black and white looked right after seasons of brights, prints, and over-the-top embellishment.
Roberto Cavalli, Reed Krakoff, and Haider Ackermann, among others, adopted new transparency measures, using featherweight, sheer materials like silk chiffon, organza and mousseline.
Any which way you splice it, Spring’s message was multilayered, courtesy of patchworks of exotic skins at Proenza Schouler, and mash-ups of patterns and textures at Rodarte, Derek Lam and Thakoon.
EVERY FLOUNCE COUNTS
Designer reclaimed the ruffle this season: Deep frills edged necklines at Gucci and Givenchy, while thigh-high slits of skirts at Balenciaga were flounced flamenco-style.
From the boardroom to Le Bain, the power suit is Spring’s power player. Olivier Rousteing went the bold-shouldered route at Balmain, and Victoria Beckham uppde the sex appeal of her tuxedo with a skimpy bra top.
Miuccia Prada kicked off the season’s Far East trend with origami-detailed duchesse satin numbers. New takes on the traditional kimono also turned up at Emilio Pucci and Dries Van Noten.