Trends

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


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