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Pleats Please – Autumn/Winter 2018/19 

19-01-2022   


A traditionally ladylike, sophisticated and pleasing trend that can be somewhat synonymous with middle-age dressing, pleats have circulated amid many fashionable seasons of times gone by.

For Autumn/Winter 2018/19, a bevvy of influential designers has injected the typically classical aesthetic of pleats with an uncompromising attitude and have opted to style them in a 21st-century manner. Experimenting with unorthodox coordinates, surprising colours and unexpected visions – fashion’s elite provided the timeless trend with an awe-inspiring zeitgeist and revolutionary edge that will now appeal to a more contemporary age.

Knife-pleats prevailed on the catwalk, whether from the chorus line to centre stage, they high-kicked their way into the eye line of many editors and fashionista’s alike – quickly establishing them as a firm favourite amid next season’s looks and a must-have within our wardrobes.

No longer witnessed with a delicate blouse and a row of freshwater pearls – designers displayed their alternative ideas that saw pleats go from frumpy and outmoded to fierce and fabulous. Seen worn with trousers at Valentino, creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli styled a swishy scarlet pleated midi and matching coloured trousers with a clashing tailored look of magenta. Pleats came deconstructed and avant-garde with chunky-soled creepers at Sacai, whilst vibrant fluffy jumpers and a bike chain of a necklace provided a pleated skirt with a bad-ass vibe at Balenciaga.

Elsewhere, pleats were proudly paraded in golden metallic at Emilia Wickstead; dark and dramatic at Simone Rocha; with a traditional twist played out in old-school Prince of Wales check at Joseph; infused with a sports-luxe edge at JW Anderson; retro at Sportmax and obligatory glamorous at Lanvin. With next season’s pleats, versatility is key!

Words by Kate Farley

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