Graphic, oversized and running in every direction, spring’s high-contrast stripes defy the rules.
From left: Proenza Schouler, Nina Ricci, Gucci, Mulberry, Ports 1961 and Fendi
Designers tinkered with the button-down until it was almost unrecognizable. Collars shifted at Monse while sleeves ballooned at Jacquemus, taking the silhouette into unexplored territory.
From left: Jacquemus, Vetements, Sacai, Jil Sander, Monse and Alexander Wang
The runway’s straight-from-1992 highlighter hues were as hard to miss as Kendall Jenner’s brief Instagram hiatus. A dialed-up palette of orange and pink gave sporty looks the competitive edge, while Day-Glo green emerged as spring’s unexpected hero shade. Some squinting may be required.
From left: Delpozo, Balenciaga, Sies Marjan, Off-White, Jason Wu and Barbara Bui
Designers had their eyes on coloured lenses, embellished frames and retro shapes.
Clockwise from top left: Roberto Cavalli, Fendi, Versace, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Marni and Stella McCartney
The kitten heel came back with a roar as sandals, mules and slingbacks took the low road this season.
Clockwise from top left: Valentino, Christian Dior, Jason Wu, Prada, Erdem and Givenchy
Whether an embellishment or the main event, fluttering, pastel-hued plumage was the answer to hems, sleeves and necklines this season. The take-away? Feathers are the new fringe.
From left: Marques ‘ Almeida, Roksanda, Proenza Schouler, Prada, No. 21 and Sally LaPointe
Designers treated earrings as sisters, not twins. Mix – don’t match – accordingly.
From left: Rodarte, Erdem, Jeremy Scott, Marni and JW Anderson
Cut it Out
The runway’s love affair with exposed shoulders continued, but asymmetrical cut-outs gave the trend an update.
From left: Jason Wu, Tibi, Jonathan Simkhai, Monse and Vetements
Designers put major emphasis on the power shoulder. With a strong but feminine touch, they came rounded, ruffled and embellished, saying “Make room!”
From left: Saint Laurent, Jil Sander, Rodarte and Dolce & Gabbana
With fanny packs (both big and small) doing double duty as belts, the hands-off approach has never looked more now.
From left: Barbara Bui, No. 21, Jil Sander, DKNY, Marni and Off-White
Robes for the Win
The runways championed comfortable-cool toppers – terry cloth and slouchy pockets included.
From left: Jonathan Simkhai, Lacoste, Band of Outsiders and Alexander Wang
The groundbreaking thing about this season’s florals is the variety, from painterly, romantic bouquets at Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi to graphic, downright-groovy florets at Michael Kors and Chloé.
From left: Michael Kors Colle, Dolce & Gabbana, Miu Miu, Chloé, Prada and Tory Burch
Function gave way to form as designers gave bags the micro treatment.
From left: Valentino, Prada, Akris and Hermès
Over the Top
The new way to layer is bold, unexpected and high impact.
From left: Kenzo, Prada, Sies Marjan and Giambattista Valli
The season’s aquanaut-worthy gear was impossible to ignore. Designers made a splash – but this was no backyard pool party. Surf-ready separates at Stella McCartney and half-worn scuba suits at Maison Margiela were edgy and athletic in equal measure.
From left: Alexander Wang, Mugler, Maison Margiela, Max Mara, Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton
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