The Renaissance of Romance and Ruffles
For Haute-Trader.com, Weisbeck, 1-9-2016
The Spring 2016 RTW shows brought forth a complete about-face in the designer fashion world. Gone were the tough, biker-chic looks, replaced with soft, flowing, diaphanous drapery, sheer delicate florals and embellishments as well as a multitude of ruffles. How we each carry off this new, romantic dressing trend is more about attitude than flounces. It’s not so much the trimmings, ruches and ruffles…it’s about how you sashay into a room. Your swagger is your confidence. And when you are dressed in the latest fashions, your confidence soars.
Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen showed the international fashion crowd what dressing with Romance was all about. Girly ruffles and flounces, yet definitely with an edge, these ensembles mean business.
Master Karl will always do things his way, so when it comes to the ruffles of 2016, what does Lagerfeld do? He invents the new, modern day ruffle! Laser cut, folded, three dimensional, almost origami in nature, Karl gives us the 21st century ruffle.
Oscar de la Renta
Always known for femininity and opulence, the House of Oscar de la Renta produces delicious meringues. Fluffy, lacey, poufy and supremely romantic.
Taking on the haute-hippie branch of the fashion population, Chloé celebrates romance and ruffles with a laid-back elegant ease. Creative Director Clare Waight Keller fashions bohemian grace into carefree designs that radiate with casual loveliness.
Masterful embroideries, pale, gossamer, gauzy fabrics, a high neck and sheer sleeves and you have Valentino. Aristocratic and well-bred, the Valentino Collection defines a lady of fashion.
As early as the 1630’s men began wearing collars trimmed with lace. In the 18th century, “Beau” Brummell made the perfectly tied cravat the number one topic of conversation. Now the Regency era ruffled front is back with a vengeance! Wonderful fashion never really goes away. It will always resurface every century or two, just when we need it the most.
Lovely, graceful and always a standard of superior craftsmanship, Erdem takes us back to the princess silhouette with a high ruffled collar, fitted bodice and full flounced hem. A ladylike floral fantasy!
Can’t let go of your sexy, supple leather and replace it with flounces? You don’t need to! Embrace both looks with a super feminine blouse paired with rocker-girl skinny leather trousers and mile-high stilettos. Power dressing at the height of elegance. Search through the romantic offerings at Haute-Trader.com and get your girly on!