Taking millinery to new heights, designers put forth elevated takes on headwear. Nina Ricci offered shapely raffia bowlers in pops of colour, while Versace showed neon Western versions. At Miu Miu, the mood was ultra-feminine with floppy hats featuring big bows. Then there were the iterations at Balmain, which made a statement with their striking silhouettes. Opt for a topper this season to get ahead of the fashion pack.
The ’70s gave rise to many trends that designers continue to revisit today. While the moods varied from hippie chic to sequin-happy disco, what remained constant was the spirit of tolerance and fun, individualistic fashion. For cruise, designers set their sights on the bohemian style, conjuring Parisian peasant fashion with flowy dresses, replete with billowing sleeves and swirling florals, topped by urban headscarves.
Dress the part for your next nature safari with the animal print of the season: The zebra. Jazz up an everyday outfit with a printed skirt, edge up tailored suiting with a curve-hugging zebra-print leotard, or go bold with head-to-toe print on a boiler suit.
Hang up your LBD, because one thing is for certain: The item to have this season is a dreamy Victorian-style lace dress, most often seen in white. Designers conjured the romance of the period with high collars, frothy ruffles and delicate lace, ensuring heirloom-worthy pieces sure to be covetable for generations after. Alessandro Michele at Gucci and Giambattista Valli went full Victoriana with tiers of sheer whites, while Isabel Marant and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino modernised their versions with abbreviated lengths.
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This cruise, designers also turned their attention to reinventing an eternally chic outerwear staple: The trench coat. These are no ordinary coats. While neutral styles from Bottega Veneta featured modern and elevated colour blocking, Burberry offered a louder, graffitied version that instantly became a social media sensation. Those at Fendi, MSGM and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi stood out for their super-slick, high-gloss finishes, while Michael Kors proposed a coat with a flourish of feminine ruffles. These were trenches that spoke for themselves.
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