Belt it out
Although slouchy tailoring had its place on the runways, we’re more taken by the return of the hourglass silhouette. At Donna Karan, Kendall Jenner’s waist was cinched with an artfully looped and painted leather belt. At Burberry Prorsum, Christopher Bailey sent his models out with romantic chiffon tied dramatically at the waist. Newcomer Stella Jean gave double the love as she topped her multi-coloured peplum skirts with candy-striped ribbons tied up in bows.
Roberto Cavalli is a master of prints and colours, and this season he strayed from his beloved animal prints towards a more graphic approach featuring primary colours, reminiscent of modern art. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld splashed painterly, blown-out prints across everything from jackets to boots. For Meadham Kirchhoff, a real celebration of modern art, freedom and rebellion made for one of the design duo’s most successful offerings to date.
Sir, yes, sir
Military magic was splashed across the catwalks this season, with khaki making a decisive comeback. No21 gave us an elegant take on the trend, accessorised with a pretty pencil skirt and golden heels. A pop of polka dots made Max Mara’s ensembles cute and feminine, while Marc Jacob’s ever-increasing pockets proved perhaps the coolest khakis around.
We love a flat shoe and so, it seems, does the fashion world at large. Peter Pilotto’s colourful sandals were instantly eye-catching, while Sportmax’s peep toes had a subtle femininity. Emporio Armani’s elegant, understated strappy sandals proved a flat can be just as beautiful as a heel.
Although sports luxe has been trending for a while now, designers this season showed us they can still find new ways to interpret the trend. Akris gave us full-on tennis chic with the crispest whites we’ve seen to date, while Elie Saab added just a hint of sporting style, with an athletic flair evident in his trademark glamorous gowns. Donatella Versace suprised us with her saccharine-sweet candy pink take on the trend. We’re sold.
Love the 70s
If we had to cite one decade as the style inspiration for spring /summer 2015, it would be the 1970s. Tan tones, tassels, suede, velvet, flower prints and flowing fabrics all featured heavily on the catwalks, in nostalgic homage to this free-spirited era. Shows such as Louis Vuitton, Alberta Ferretti and Jeremy Scott covered the whole spectrum from artistic bohemian to flower power and glam rock.
White was seen in abundance at the shows, with nearly all the collections offering a spin on the summer sundress. Fabrics chosen for their delicate detailing made for fresh and feminine attire, with broderie anglaise, laser-cut patterns, appliqué, embroidery and chiffon layers featuring at shows such as Chloé, Bora Aksu and Giorgio Armani.
Vertical or horizontal, wide or thin, neutral or bright – have fun mixing and matching your stripes next summer. An array of shapes and sizes was out in force, ranging from candy-cane frivolity at Jacquemus, colourful column dresses at DKNY and an uncharacteristically demure neutral offering from master of stripes Paul Smith.
Orange is having a moment for spring/summer 2015. It may not immediately seem the easiest colour to wear, but there are shades and styles to suit all to be discovered throughout the collections. At Roksanda, a contrasting cornflower blue ripple transformed a fairly formal dress into something extraordinary, while Emilo Pucci opted for simple and striking midi-dress glamour and Proenza Schouler presented a retro-inspired leather mac that is sure to brighten up any rainy day.
Turn up the volume
Volume featured on the catwalks in the form of layers, ruffles, ruching and padding with varying degrees of wearability. Moschino offered up a puffball prom dress complete with an oversized bow and sequined bodice at its Barbie-inspired show, while Jonathan Saunders presented an elegant taupe ruffled sweater and Comme des Garçons went all out in an explosion of colour and textures.