Trend alert: ruffles rule for spring 2016
If there was one trend that dominated the spring/ summer 2016 shows that took over New York, London, Milan, Paris and our very own Capital over the past few weeks, it was the ruffle.
From slouchy and loose to frilly and Victorian-esque, they were everywhere. Peter Copping set the ball rolling in New York with an Oscar de la Renta collection that served as a lesson in timeless, stunning elegance, featuring passionate Hispanic silhouettes, lashings of lace and a plethora of ruffles. Proenza Schouler used the technique to add drama to the shoulders of bold dresses, and even the champion of slick American city style Michael Kors worked it into his swishy skirts, creating a flatteringly feminine impression. In London the look was less modern and more focused on historical references. Erdem got all romantic, unveiling a collection of floral frocks that featured chiffon, ribbon and frothy hemlines. Milan lightened the mood with a barrage of pretty, floaty, loose pleats and tucks. The main perpetrators were Roberto Cavalli, whose models flounced down the runway in modern princess creations for red-carpet occasions, and Gucci, where the ‘geek chic’ approach was softened by several cascading chiffon creations. And so it was in Paris, where the ruffle continued its reign on the catwalks of Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and Miu Miu, to name just a few. Ruffles also made a mark at the recently concluded fashion week in Delhi (R).
Ruffles at Oscar de la Renta Erdem’s creation A design by Roberto Cavalli A design by Gauri & Nainika