Stripes for Spring

As spring/summer edges closer, now is the time to start considering new-season style. Enthral passers-by with entrancing super-sized stripes, whether they be vertical, horizontal, or a mix-match of both.

The new collections are zinging with seafaring stripes of all shapes and sizes – for all shapes and sizes. Horizontal, vertical, on ribbed jerseys, billowing silks, for night, for day, and layered too. The simplest ideas are always the best. Dip a toe into this trend: try a Breton tee worn under a crisp white shirt. Consider it a fresh start to the new season.

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Dolce & Gabbana

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Jonathan Saunders

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MaxMara

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Missoni

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Prada

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Rochas

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Stella McCartney


Autumn/Winter 2015-16 MaxMara

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IT was a romantic walk along the beach that MaxMara had in store for us this morning. A film backdrop of waves washing in gently to shore recreated the photos taken by George Barris in 1962 of Marilyn in more or less the same situation. And so the season’s scene was set: sensual and emotive, cosy and comforting, outerwear of course being the star of the show (MaxMara is a brand all about the outerwear), but this time in bundled, swaddled and swathed fashion.

So watery winter pastels incarnated fluffy mohair coat-and-cardigan hybrids to wrap these Marilyns up all warm – literal references to those photos where the star herself takes a seaside wander, pulling her coat just so. In fact, this became quite the lesson in how to wear one’s coat seductively when winter bites. Of course, splashing waves in the background was always going to help.

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Classic camel tones, sand, mint, powder pink and chilly blue; fleecy tweeds, cashmere knits, quilting – everything was soft and romantic. Even the silhouettes that were a more obvious ode to Monroe’s sassy figure (nipped-in-at-the-waist dresses, pencil skirts and bustiers) came with a softness, a layer of light teasing texture to make them less obviously austere.

Here, hoods were to hide in, sleeves were to snuggle in: it was about protective dressing, be that practically or emotionally.

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