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.
It’s a given that designers are drawn to the sea for their summer collections – naval blue and white look perennially fresh, after all. But now the modern surfer girl, riding the wave of sports couture for the past few seasons, has downed her board to meet her more refined deck-bound cousin. This summer, billowing dresses with a smattering of stripes and broderie anglaise have caught the imagination. Valentino, Balenciaga, The Row and Christopher Lemaire all felt the pull of starchy cottons and silk separates.
The essence of this new mood is a lightness that comes from clean lines and simple shapes; there is nothing precious about it. Replace your cashmere, for example, with a cotton fisherman’s jumper – then fly somewhere exotic and you’ll instantly look the part. On a quest for innovation, this time around designer administered a clever reboot, borrowing less literally from maritime uniform and giving details their own stamp. Stella McCartney’s Perspex anchor choker will dazzle with modernity in the sun, while Julien David showed a naval captain’s jacket. Meanwhile JW Anderson transformed the typically fresh look into a subversive bricolage, wrapping naval sundresses with loosely buttoned leather corset and mooring part storm flap, part rudder lapels onto sleeveless tops with rope.
“We’re going to Green Turtle Cave in the Bahamas, one of my favourite spots,” says Tbi designer Amy Smilovic, a keen traveller who showed crisp white cotton sail dresses, wide striped culottes and an azure off-the-shoulder top tied at the cuff. “We’ll sail to a deserted beach, build afire and fry fresh fish.” She plans to wear her popin sleeveless crop-top with side tie and loose-fitting lightweight culottes for the trip – an ensemble that will look just as good in the city come August.
HERE’S one for the shopping list: if you don’t buy anything else all spring – buy knitwear. Knitwear was woven in organic yarn – what else? – and crafted into slouchy asymmetric silhouettes while a series of romantic silk dresses jigsaw-ed together from clashing patterns and prints tapped into Stella’s soft side.
A faded plaid print on fluttering silk was wishy-washy in the line-up but those silk trench coats were winners, so too her drawstring parachute silk parkas, billowing behind.
It may sound like an odd observation but Stella McCartney makes clothes that are women-friendly. There is no crash diet to get on to before slipping into one of her baggy jumpsuits; nothing to consider when it comes to deciding what to throw on under one of her silk trench coats – any dress will do, or a favourite pair of jeans and a T-shirt. For that reason her clothes can be empowering. Nothing is too complicated, there’s nothing to get your head around.
Sometimes that can translate into a collection that flatlines: this offering wasn’t perhaps bursting at the seams with zingy new ideas but it didn’t have to. Stella knows her woman and what she wants to wear come summer: she wants to look pretty and a little bit cool, and she’ll find that here.
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Welcome to a whole new kind of Grammy Awards. The spectacle that once gave us Jennifer Lopez in a bare-to-there Versace dress and Lady Gaga arriving in an egg proved to be just as classy (if not more so) than the BAFTA Awards that took place in London on the same night. Its red carpet existed in a void of color, its performances were a mix of snoozy and inspiring, and it all went on without any real jaw-dropping moments. Katy Perry and Beyoncé, recent memorable Super Bowl halftime acts who know how to work a leotard, both performed in demure, angelic white gowns and used their screen time to send a message—Perry’s against domestic violence, Beyoncé’s as a platform to introduce John Legend and Common performing their single from the movie Selma. This year’s Grammys were grown-up, well behaved, and—dare I say it?—thoughtful.
When it came to sartorial statements, the two big trends were pants and a whole lot of cleavage. In the first, more reserved camp were Danielle Haim in Stella McCartney, Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace, and Anna Kendrick in Band of Outsiders. In the latter, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian West, and Iggy Azalea in sternum-baring dresses of all kinds that, while revealing, still felt tasteful compared to Grammy looks of years past. Few female attendees dared to wear any color at all. The best exceptions were Rihanna, who breezed through the red carpet at the 11th hour in a pink confection of a dress by Giambattista Valli Haute Couture, and Madonna, the queen of shock, who wore a custom Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Haute Couture look—and also gave photographers a little something extra when she flashed her bum on the carpet.
The fashion experimentation so associated with the Grammys was thus left to the guys. Shorts had a moment thanks to Pharrell, who wore a reflective suit by Adidas preshow and reprised his Chanel Salzburg look onstage for his performance. (Let’s not forget show opener Angus Young, who’s still wearing his shorts suit from AC/DC’s heyday.) Nick Jonas opted for a gray and yellow suit; both Kanye West and Keith Urban revealed some cleavage of their own; and Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, and Ryan Adams all wore denim of some kind. Just when it seemed like nothing startling would happen, there appeared Prince, wearing a shimmering tangerine tunic and trousers, getting a standing ovation just for arriving and bringing a little excitement to the evening.