TRIBAL Exotic colors and graphically defined prints infuse tribal inspired designs that commanded attention on the runways. Sass & Bide achieved the look with ethnic beading in bright mosaics on structured tops paired with subdued skirts in contrasting draped silhouettes and solid saturated hues. More is more at Holly Fulton where varying tribal prints in the same monochromatic color combinations pair perfectly and fringe details also bring to mind global textile influence. Burberry Prorsum gives us literal tribal embellishment with geometrical shaped wooden beads adorning necklines and collars. Looks are finished with Far East footwear; braided raffia wrapped wedges with beaded strings draped around the ankles. Spring’s tribal trend is easily interpreted and you may find yourself moving away from the printed textiles (of previous seasons) to the tangible beadwork, which may even inspire you to handcraft a few DIY custom looks.
PRIM AND PROPER Spring is the perfect season for sweet, ladylike silhouettes. Modest collared and crew neck tops along with knee brushing skirt lengths, this trend leaves the rest to imagination and it never looked so sexy. Preen showed affinity for the feminine aesthetic with flirty dresses and separates in a saccharine color palette, dainty waists, and bits of ruffled detail. A favorite among the best-dressed British it-girls, (a certain Duchess of Cambridge and her equally stylish sis,) Issa London showed perfect prim and proper for spring. A pleated A-line skirt topped with a modest jacket creates flattering proportions in pastel neutrals and a pop of baby blue piping. In very romantic, neutral lace, Mulberry shows us classic ladylike ready-to-wear. Lace covered suiting includes a pencil skirts and cropped jackets paired with tailored button up (all the way up!) shirts – the exact ensemble we imagine at a posh English tea.
PRINTED TROUSERS Mix up your casual-wear with a splash of paisley, floral, or plaid by way of tailored trousers. This trend is a great way to break out of drab winter-wear into a blooming spring wardrobe. Clements Ribeiro shows us how to perfectly pair your pair with a simple striped knit sweater in precisely matched hues. Vivienne Westwood edges up a schoolgirl reminiscent plaid with a tough leather jacket, (we love the oversized slouchy collar,) a great way to complete your look for brisk spring mornings. With signature floral prints, Erdem offers an innocent and romantic ode to spring flowers. The cool spring print is completely fitting in expertly tailored cropped trousers paired with a contrasting floral print or a chic knit sweater in a coordinating pastel hue.
FULL SKIRTS Tiny white spring petals, sunny afternoons with a cool breeze, and fresh floral scents – all evoke a feminine quality, yes? Another push towards the delicate nature of spring is the full midi-length skirts gracing the runways and our wardrobes this spring. Jonathan Saunders is the perfect example of a fresh take on this trend. Paired with a sheer camisole, breezy bolero, and ribbon tied footwear the look is slightly less innocent rather than too Little House on the Prairie. Roksanda Ilincic takes a more bohemian-chic interpretation of the trend resulting in one of our favorite effortlessly cool silhouettes. The voluminous skirt is gathered at the waist paper-bag style and the rich mustard yellow jacket and bright orange belt make a statement against muted neutrals. We love the flattering full skirts at Peter Pilotto that seemed to be floating down the runway. The oversized prints add to the fullness of the knee length frocks, but are kept from looking frumpy with sharply cut shoulder bearing fitted bodices.
PATENT, PVC, METALLIC A seemingly season-less trend, there never appears a time when some sort of metallic is not featured on the runway. The same with patent and PVC, unconventional materials are never lost in fashion, especially when it comes to our favorite unconventional designers. At Richard Nicholl, sheaths of clear PVC, (reminiscent of plastic couch covers,) with blue piping, added an intriguing layer to pastel colored dresses in retro mod silhouettes. Antonio Berardi showed interesting and innovative incorporation of metallic patent leather into his ladylike meets lady warrior collection. Patent leather panels defined waistlines and added an edge to modest shift dresses making this trend attainable with the addition of patent accessories to your look. A head to toe metallic look can be tricky to execute, but you cannot go wrong mimicking Giles this spring. Appearing as light as a spring breeze, the straight silhouette of this sleeveless silver metallic dress is made interesting with hints of red at the hem.