Top trends of the season

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 22 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 22 August, 2007, 12:00am


With a welcome move away from the sloppy-chic look of leggings and layers, masculine tailoring paired with feminine silhouettes is the rage. Cinched waists and long lines take centre stage, regardless of which look you like.

The '40s Strong, clean lines with distinctly feminine undertones are best set off by platform ankle boots or ankle-strap heels. Hats are everywhere. Top designers for this look: Sonia Rykiel, Kenzo, Zac Posen and Antonio Marras.

Vintage look Whether Victorian or flapper, vintage styling continues to be popular. Embroidery is mixed with dramatic fur collars, flirty ruffles or high-waisted voluminous skirts. Top designers for this look: Andrew Gn, Christian Lacroix, Collette Dinnigan and Diane von Furstenburg.

Military Continuing the desire for finely tailored garments, the military trend takes a turn away from brass buttons and veers towards safari-style jackets and jodhpurs. Top designers for this look: Roberto Cavalli, Ermanno Scervino, Nicole Farhi and Kenzo.

Architectural With a nod to structure and form, this trend encompasses minimalism's 'less is more' edict while also allowing for detailing in the cut and lines, and sensual fabrics. Top designers for this look: Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Tam and Peter Som.


In keeping with the Luxury Week theme, menswear is becoming more luxurious. Fur coats, metallic techno fabrics and embellishments abound. Finally, men have more choices when establishing their personal sense of style.

Tailoring The made-to-measure boom is happening. Gentlemen know that nothing looks better than a bespoke jacket or suit. Top designers for this look include Kiton.

Skinny trousers So, you've always wanted to be a rock star? Your life might have taken a different direction, but you can still dress like one with skinny jeans, leather trousers and - for the truly daring - python. Top designers for this look: Roberto Cavalli, Neil Barrett, Gianfranco Ferre and Givenchy.

Bags Man bags, murses (man purses) - whatever you call them, they are here to stay. This season's top bags echo the trend in the women's sector in that luxurious skin and exotic pelts are topping the list of must-haves. Top designers for this look: Givenchy and Chris & Tibor.



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