PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 March, 2005, 12:00am

In the mix

A popular trend this season is the use of patterns and mosaic prints endlessly mixed and is matched. Influences range from African and Indian to geometrics and nature

Marni; Cacharel; Max Mara; Missoni; Dolce & Gabbana; Miu Miu; Blumarine; Burberry; Just Cavalli Etro; Barbara Bui; Costume National; Jonathan Saunders

Sheer effect

See-through fabrics such as voile, crochet and lace are making a strong statement on the international runways. Each designer puts an individual spin on these materials, but the end results are always dramatic, sophisticated and sexy

Stella McCartney; Alexander McQueen; Versace; Maurizio Pecoraro; John Richmond; Alessandro Dell'Acqua; Dolce & Gabbana; Chanel; Roberto Cavalli; Louis Vuitton; Barbara Bui

Speaking volumes

Designers display their superb skills in the use of pleats, folds and dramatic layering over body-hugging silhouettes. The trend is a synthesis of fabric technology, fine craftsmanship and a wealth of imagination

Just Cavalli; Christian Dior; Alexander McQueen; Emanuel Ungaro; Comme des Garcons; Sophia Kokosalaki; Yohji Yamamoto; Jil Sander; John Galliano; Julien MacDonald; Alberta Ferretti; Marcel Marongiu

Colour craze

Designers exploit their palettes to the fullest this summer. Pretty pinks, lemons, limes, strawberries and mints are worked into psychedelic patterns in an exhilarating mix

Fendi; Christian Lacroix; Costume National; Nicole Farhi; BCBG Max Azria; Emilio Pucci; Christian Dior; Alberta Ferretti; Marni; A.F. Vandervorst; Moschino Cheap and Chic; Celine; Louis Vuitton

Fringe benefits

The seductive movement of fringes makes a strong statement this season. Whether on a stole flung over the shoulders or weaved into a skirt or dress, tassels create an eclectic effect

Andrew Gn; Dolce & Gabbana; Giorgio Armani; Benjamin Cho; Ann Demeulemeester; Chanel; Louis Vuitton; Veronique Branquinho; Issey Miyake; Moschino Cheap and Chic; Missoni; Paco Rabanne

Soft focus

Chiffon, tulle, silk and satin are tucked, flounced and frilled for a romantic, ethereal look. These flowing fabrics are cut to the curves of the body in elegant shapes that exude feminine confidence

Anna Molinari; Michael Kors; Vera Wang; Emilio Pucci; Emanuel Ungaro; Fendi; Bill Blass; Christian Lacroix; Ralph Lauren; Carlos Miele; Antonio Marras; Donna Karan; Naciso Rodriguez

Sneak peek

In a statement of femininity, delicate lingerie and come-hither tops dominate the runways. Silhouettes range from form-fitted corsets to revealing necklines and open blouses

Marc Jacobs; Moschino Cheap and Chic; Baby Phat; Gaspard Yurkievich; Alessandro Dell'Acqua; Jean Paul Gaultier; Dolce & Gabbana; Jill Stuart; Nicole Miller; Rochas; Narciso Rodriguez; Antonio Berardi; Custo Barcelona

Bohemian chic

Hippy, gypsy and ethnic describe this season's take on the Bohemian rhapsody. Influences from Africa and India, with lots of details in earthy tones, are worked into ensembles fit for an urban tribal princess

Miguel Adrover; Barbara Bui; Jean Paul Gaultier; Lanvin; Just Cavalli; D Squared; Hermes; Emporio Armani; Anna Sui; Dries Van Noten; Sportmax ; Kenzo; Clements Ribeiro