Thursday, 28 March 2013

Spring 2013 Trend Report: A Rush of Ruffles

Whether Mother Nature wants to admit it or not, spring is officially here.It's time to stow away unflattering winter parkas and pursue those sought-after spring looks. However, after looking at dozens of collections, it's difficult to nail down some of most prominent trends. Never to fear, ladies and gent, that's why I'm here. Okay, I didn't mean for that rhyme. Over the next few weeks, I will highlight one major trend each week and show you how to rock it off the runway.

Ruffles are making a comeback, and not in the traditional flamenco dancer way (except if you're looking at Balenciaga's collection). This season is all about placing the girlish frippery in unexpected areas. From ChloĆ©'s rippled collars, to Acne's funky jacket to Gareth Pugh's tousled shirt, this trend offers an edgy twist on feminine fashion. The rebirth of ruffles sends a message: traditional menswear is so out. On the contrary, the markets and public alike are demanding traditional silhouettes with a bit of pizazz.  So you're officially sold on the concept, but how do you master this trend? Just follow my easy rules and check out my favorite ruffled pieces! 

Peter Pilotto

Prabal Gurung
Alice + Olivia

If you're a ruffles novice, start off slow. Since spring is a long season, there's plenty of time to evolve the sartorial phenomenon. Nothing says effortless chic more than a subtly ruffled peplum. If that doesn't scream "springtime cool," what does? Or try your luck with some saucy accessories. In order to let your ruffled accessory stand out, keep the rest of the ensemble clean: no prints and not airy silhouettes. Speaking of silhouettes, pair your ruffles with crisp shapes. Ruffles on a structured jacket or fitted skirt is absolutely to die for and keeps the trend in check. If you're craving a more relaxed silhouette, try a ruffled blouse--the overall form is chill and polished at the same time.

No matter what ruffled piece you decide to wear, you must follow these two rules:

  1. Sport a bright hue. As much as I to don black ensembles, it's spring! If you're afraid of color, simply sport a neutral shade.
  2. Make your ruffled piece the focal point of your ensemble. Otherwise, it will just be too much! 

Trend to Love: Ruffles

Sea, New York pink top, $350 / Prabal Gurung ruffle front blouse / Zara genuine leather jacket / Pringle of Scotland , $295 / Ruffle skirt / Balenciaga leather booties, $815 / LB2 navy handbag / Polka dot scarve

So what do you think of this trend? Sound off below!



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