From boxy folds to ladylike accordion fans, pleating drew the line in countless collections. It wasn’t only relegated to skirts and dresses, also showing up on sleeves and bodices.
Whispers of of mint, lemon, and lavender made a strong statement at shows like Julien MacDonald and Antonio Berardi, and a great way to subtly freshen a wardrobe of neutrals.
#3 Digital Prints
London is home to some of the greatest print-masters, who swung full force this season with hyperreal graphics. Manipulated images had a life of their own at Christopher Kane, and Mary Katrantzou.
#4 Luxe Sportswear
Tennis skirts, tunics, mesh panels, mid-length shorts, colour-blocking: sportswear was served up with a dose of glam, most notably at Peter Pilotto, which took notes from retro 70s rock climbers.
Full swing ahead: whether densely layered in abbreviated cuts or meter-long in flowing columns, fringe sashayed down many runways.
#6 Sheer skirts and dresses
Collections this season had nothing to hide. Translucent chiffons or single-layer lace in midi-to-maxi lengths played peek-a-boo with models’ legs.
#7 Perforated Leather and Suede
Standby leathers get lightened up for spring, as designers cleverly constructed airy skins with perforated patterns.
Designers indulged in femme texture with layers of rolling ruffles, often raw-edged. It’s done either in full-blown femininity, with silks contouring the body, or punked out in textured leather, like in the bold peplums at David Koma.
#9 Pointed-toe Pumps
The season’s amped-up femininity requires some footwear just as fabulous. The point-toe was revived in killer stilettos at Burberry, with details of rubber trim, buckles, and zippers.
Forget the gold rush of past seasons, silver is the must-have metallic for spring. With a 60s mod reference, the cool tone came by way of foil-texture lamé on rompers, shift dresses, and moto-pants.