WHEN THE GO­ING GETS RUFF

It’s all about timeless el­e­gance on the cat­walks this spring, as the ver­sa­tile ruf­fle takes cen­tre-stage.

Hot Press - - Wildlife - By Roe McDer­mott

Ruf­fles here, ruf­fles there, our favourite em­bel­lish­ment is ev­ery­where! This spring, de­sign­ers are evok­ing wavy beaches and flow­ing ro­man­ti­cism with ruf­fles. Luck­ily, this ver­sa­tile trend can be adopted by any­one, whether your style is boho, Vic­to­rian, western or just plain old glam.

All the ma­jor fashion houses showed ruf­fles on their spring cat­walks, from Gucci’s bub­blegum-toned dresses, to the ro­man­tic nearly-nude lay­ers at Valentino, and the party-girl mini dresses from Phi­los­o­phy. Fendi hit the ac­ces­sories too, with shoes and bags fea­tur­ing ruf­fles, while Prada stuck to puff­ing up and ruf­fling up the sleeves on their for­mal tops, for a touch of drama.

De­sign­ers also played with tex­ture and tone, as Jill Stu­art em­braced an edgy it­er­a­tion of this trend, with ruf­fled black leather skirts paired with darkly flo­ral ruf­fled blouses. Marissa Webb, mean­while, went for cock­tail party at­tire, blend­ing bold colours with midi lengths for so­phis­ti­cated state­ment dresses. Else­where, Valentino and So­nia Rykiel looked to his­tory for their in­spi­ra­tion, in­cor­po­rat­ing high-necked Vic­to­rian ruf­fles to add some mod­est glam­our to their dresses and blouses.

To em­brace the Vic­to­rian vibe, look for high-necked blouses and dresses with del­i­cate de­tail­ing; lace and cro­chet fab­rics are per­fect. White, cream or blush pink hues will look sum­mery and so­phis­ti­cated, while black or glit­tery fab­rics will evoke a a sexy, gothic ro­man­ti­cism.

For a mod­ern, edgy take on the trend, look for dark colours with mod­ern sil­hou­ettes. Crop tops with ruf­fles and mini-skirts with a drop-hem­look in­cred­i­ble when paired with a leather jacket or fierce glad­i­a­tor heels, en­sur­ing that the flow­ing in­no­cence of the ruf­fles is grounded by some rock chick edge.

If you'd pre­fer to em­brace the great out­doors, you can draw in­spi­ra­tion from wild flow­ers or the wild, wild west. If you like a bit of bo­hemian beauty, ruf­fled peas­ant dresses look fan­tas­tic paired

with a lit­tle denim jacket and some boots. Hal­ter-necks and shoul­der cut-outs can bal­ance out the lay­ers of ruf­fles with some se­duc­tive flashes of flesh, and ruf­fled maxi skirts will help you em­brace the sum­mer early.

Fi­nally, if you pre­fer to keep this pretty trend pro­fes­sional, bal­ance out ruf­fles with oth­er­wise sleek sil­hou­ettes. Pen­cil skirts with a sin­gle ruf­fle will em­pha­sise your curves, while body­con dressed with a ruf­fled top will add some flair with­out over­whelm­ing your frame.

Or if you pre­fer to keep your stylish sar­to­rial ad­ven­tures on the sub­tle side, bags and shoes with ruf­fles are a great way to work this trend into your ex­ist­ing wardrobe.

1. Nude ruf­fled heels €65, Miss Sel­fridge

2. Maxi ruf­fled print dress

€80, River Is­land Pretty Lit­tle Thing

3. White pen­cil skirt with ruf­fle €37, River Is­land 4. Ruf­fle dia­mante choker, com­ing soon to River Is­land 5. Ruf­fled bag €100, Top­shop 6. Pais­ley print ruf­fle sleeve blouse €55, River Is­land

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