SS13’s ruffles and pleats ranged from delicate and understated in London at James Long and JW Anderson to the theatrical and in-your-face in Paris at Chanel and Balenciaga. I’ve always been quite wary of ruffles, I think I’d look more My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding than Givenchy, but the simplicity and minimalism of the pieces at JW Anderson particularly have made me think that ruffles and pleats could be worth revisiting, and could be a great way to try and at least vaguely summer-ise my wardrobe.
Here’s Kasia Strauss in Look #8 from Lanvin’s SS13 collection, described by Alber Elbaz as being focused around “deconstructed classicism.”
This look serves up a solution to that difficult “I work in an office at a swimming pool. I need something both sporty and tailored, with the added option for Baywatch moments. What do I wear to work?” situation we’re all bound to find ourselves in at some point in our lives.
Here’s how to do deconstructed swimming pool office classicism pon de cheap:
For years prints had been firmly a feminine fashion feature, with particular prevalence on the catwalk over the last few seasons, with men’s prints only getting as exciting as “wacky” office ties, your grandad’s pyjamas, and the Casette Playa-esque/probable sex offender Timmy Mallet.
But for SS13, there must have been something in the air as a slew of collections led to men’s prints taking on a life of their own Paris, London, Milan and New York fashion weeks. From sharp geometric shapes at Fendi, to soft florals at Christopher Kane and even..er…whales at Thom Browne.