#1: The Proportions
The mantra was about mashing up the scales of the clothes. Leading the charge: J.W. Anderson. The poufy sleeves, giant frills, and the cinched cuff on trousers – either tied with ribbons or tapered like harem pants – gave an off-kilter poodle-like effect. Can someone say 21st-century Schiaparelli?
Gareth Pugh’s vision of women painting the town red (that was literally the colour of choice) was like being on a Halston outing on acid. Visualize silk faille pantsuits and jumpsuits with giant bow scarves and exaggerated lapels adorned with paillettes. Simone Rocha continued to do her thing: dissecting the little girl’s wardrobe. This time round, drop waist dresses and baby doll frocks were completed with oversized bows, ribbons, sashes and mesh details.
#2: The Prairie Print
Little Women. Little House on the Prairie. Granny Chic. However you see it, this Middle American pattern is pretty sweet, and can go edgy and youthful as seen at Mother of Pearl, or grown-up as seen at Emilia Wickstead.
#3: The Bold Accessories
If you need proof that the statement accessories trend will only get stronger next season, just turn to the Londoners. Giant crystal brooches popped up everywhere at House of Holland. At Simone Rocha, the (crystal) chandelier earrings seemed to be plucked straight out of a, yes, chandelier. And as usual, J.W. Anderson served up weirdly fabulous costume jewellery. This season, his come with lines that mimic American artist Keith Haring’s squiggly drawings. In the shoe department, it’s Natasha Zinko’s knotted satin flats that we are currently lusting over. Drama, no?
#4: The ’90s Choker
The Nineties’ throwback started in New York with the likes of Alexander Wang and Assembly. Markus Lupfer built on that with the quintessential accessory of that decade: the choker. We’re betting this trend will pick up pace in the Milan and Paris fashion circuits.