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Tantalising Textures SS18


Fashion has just got frivolous: trimmings and textures showered the catwalks for spring 2018, with an army of designers heading to the haberdashery department and unashamedly emblazoned their clothes with all things terrifically tangible.

Eveningwear is stepping up a gear, and come next season will champion the roaring twenties flapper fashion, with everything from dresses and coats to tops and jackets bedecked in a helping of tassels and a scene of extra texture.

This is a trend that evokes instant excitement with enough touchy-feely accents to keep everyone’s hands preoccupied with the continuous want to stroke, tamper, and caress. After all, who could possibly resist the magnetic pull of a fabulous marabou feathered coat or a delectable tasseled trimmed skirt? Trying to defy the immediate desire to touch such garments would prove all too painful. Plus, it would be rude not to indeed do so.

On the catwalks, a masterful array of marabou fluttered its way onto a flock of fashions, including snow white jackets at Moncler Gamme Rouge, voluminous swishing black skirts at Céline and baby pink rippling hems on silk dresses at Marques’ Almeida. Feathers also featured heavily on collars and shoes at Maison Margiela, and embellishment in the form of exploding polka dots decorated dresses at Giorgio Armani.

With the excessive and intensive use of fringing and tassels applied amid the spring collections, it would appear as though these embellishments were going out of fashion, rather than in. They were seen everywhere from head-to-toe column dresses at Salvatore Ferragamo, a showering on pink V neck tops at Nina Ricci (complete with a feathered headpiece), trimmings galore and with ample helpings at Balmain and seen stylishly seductive in Champaign on skirt hemlines and swinging side belts at Jacquemus.

If there was ever a trend to inject some seriously stylish razzmatazz into one’s wardrobe, it’s this one!

Words by Katie Farley

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