Top trends

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 October, 2008, 12:00am

Spring-summer trend check-list:

Fringes - big in Milan, especially swagged silk threads at Alberta Ferretti and Alessandro dell'Acqua.

Shoulders - line-backer style or voluminous (even Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs got in on the act!); it's as if Mugler never went away.

Sequins - the only sparklers we can afford in the credit crunch (1).

Pyjamorama - Men's PJ's at Dolce & Gabbana, leotards at Gaultier and the sparkly catsuit at McQueen (2).

Embellishments - the more of them you pile on the better (3).

Wild West - Hermes and Givenchy used cowboys as inspiration (4).

The safari suit - think 1970s-style, paired with shorts.

Asymmetry - one-shoulder dresses, long and short, and everywhere.

The 80s - aside from the big shoulders there was bare midriffs, Alaia shoulders and exposed skin.

Geometry - boxes and other shapes at Fendi, Marni, Pucci and Dries.

Monochrome - who doesn't feel grey at some point?

Bows - mostly as decoration at Chloe and YSL (5).

Metallic sheen - designers played with techniques for shimmering fabrics.

Pleats - a big hit at Miu Miu or used as random insets on the Milan catwalk (6).

Sheer pieces - used for layering on top of other fabrics.

Squashed bags - choose styles that fit comfortably in the palm of your hand as seen at Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton.

Mini skirts - pelmet length in Milan, of course, but also Paris.