ADDING DELICACY AND A SENSE OF DRAMA TO ANY WARDROBE, RUFFLES ARE IN HIGH DEMAND FOR THE SEASONS TO COME. WHETHER IT IS DUE TO THEIR STAND OUT NATURE AS ARCHITECTURAL EMBELLISHMENTS IN FASHION, OR AS A PERSONIFICATION OF CREATIVE DECADENCE, THIS ULTRA FEMININE AND ROMANTIC STYLE IS A CLEAR FAVOURITE.
For fall winter 2015 we have already seen the prominence of ruffled romantic looks across many runways. Valentino, with his version of short Victorian style layered ruffle dresses, or the ultra modern Balmain with his edgy and asymmetrical interpretation of the look, ruffles are everywhere. For fall winter the look tends to stick to above the knee or knee-length dresses.
Taking it one step further for resort 2016, we can see ruffles applied to a whole new set of garments. Erdem, Sonia Rykiel and Rochas present midi lengths frilly skirts and dresses, while Balmain, J.W Anderson and Rosie Assoulin work a breath of youthful fresh air into the iconic look. They present ruffled trousers, slit floor-length flamenco style skirts as well as sculptural dresses in new and tantalising ways. Even the British classic Burberry Prorsum shows us how to jazz it up by including a ruffle-covered trench coat in their resort collection.
And as if the previous seasons magically removed any inhibitions to let go, spring summer 2016 celebrates full immersion in the beauty of ruffles. Appearing small and delicate, as with Haider Ackermann, romantic and playful as with Jason Wu, or imaginative and abstract as with Chloé or Proenza Schouler, the invitation to dive into the world of ruffles, frills and flounce is almost irresistible. We can truly look forward to a few seasons in which we do not need to hold back our inner fashion spirit and instead let our fantasy play out on the glorious canvases of personal expression presented to us by all the different fashion houses.