LINGERIE, SLIP DRESSES AND SHEERS

Sexy is back and it's spring's biggest trend. Designers have cut and slashed to reveal shoulders and flashes of hips, stomachs and thighs. Lace is popular and shapes and silhouettes are fluid and sexy.

Who: Almost everyone. Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Saint Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Céline, Givenchy, Gucci

RUFFLES

Feminine ruffles come with a high-fashion edge in chiffon, knits and even leather. The effect goes from romantic, Spanish-inspired to cool and sculptural.

Who: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, Mary Katrantzou, Proenza Schouler

PLEATED SKIRTS, DRESSES AND TOPS

Harness the graphic power of pleats! What was once a nerdy design feature is now red hot on the runways.

Who: Stella McCartney, Chanel, Sacai, Salvatore Ferragamo

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EXOTIC, VIBRANT PRINTS

Well travelled and well heeled is the message as designers employ vivid, jewel-like hues on rich, tropical, folksy and tribal prints.

Who: Tory Burch, Valentino, Dries Van Noten, Gucci, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana

THE LONG, ETHEREAL BOHEMIAN DRESS

Floaty and floor length, this popular 1970s trend is not going anywhere soon, though spring versions are more romantic, well crafted and interesting than before.

Who: Elie Saab, Valentino, Chanel, Giambattista Valli, Chloé, Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg

UTILITY STYLES

Jumpsuits and uniforms. Designers take inspiration from workwear and outerwear making sure that tough girls have plenty to covet. Heels are chunky and durable looking.

Who: Louis Vuitton, Céline, Versace, Bottega Veneta, Sacai

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THE FLAT SHOE

Whether strappy beach sandal, subverted ballet slipper, pool slider, flatform or loafer, footwear is definitely stepping in a more relaxed direction.

Who: Miu Miu, Victoria Beckham, Céline, Kenzo, Balenciaga, Burberry Prorsum, Bottega Veneta, Marni, Chloé

OVERSIZED SLEEVES

The big sleeve is big news next season.

Who: JW Anderson, Maison Margiela, Fendi, Céline, Christian Dior

COSMIC PATTERNS AND FUTURISTIC METALLICS

It's all about looking towards the future and embracing the digital era, with shiny vinyl surfaces, metallic sheens and a hint of the space age.

Who: Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, Maison Margiela, Loewe, Chanel, Haider Ackermann

STATEMENT MINI BAGS

Dinky, cute and not the most practical - strappy mini bags come bold and beautiful in pretty hues and patterns.

Who: Tod's, Burberry Prorsum, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana