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Trend Focus: Silk Seduction A/W 18/19


A sumptuous selection of luxurious silks that arrived bedecked with retro motifs caught the eye of many editors during the Autumn/Winter 2018/19 fashion week circuit, with designers exhibiting a gorgeous and glorious array of colourful prints and patterns that were reminiscent of the Diana Princess of Wales dress code.

Keeping royalty firmly in the equation, none other than Her Majesty the Queen made a surprising front row appearance during the London shows; a figure who appoints silk scarves as her daily sartorial signature and transpiring as a muse for many fashion houses.

Head-to-toe ensembles prevailed throughout the collections, with designers draping, ruching, layering, clashing, tying, concealing and revealing the fabrication that echoed an unapologetic air of opulence and finery, with additional accents of sophistication and buoyancy.

Young French designer Marine Serre accumulated and converted French silks that carried a dash of cliché and transformed them into beautifully bespoke dresses and handkerchief-hemmed skirts that were aesthetically chaotic, albeit creatively chic. Scarf prints traditionally seen on many grandmas were enlarged and reimaged into sinuous, slinky silhouettes at the likes of Moschino, Gucci and Oscar De La Renta – awakening the motifs into contemporary, 21st-Century additions.

Not an inch of flesh was flashed at Richard Quinn, where models were completely covered, literally head-to-toe (including the face) in a dichotomy of contradictory colours and prints that fluttered and cascaded away from the body. Céline, Toga and Salvatore Ferragamo furthermore presented retro-inspired silks in long-lined and elegant profiles, whilst Jacquemus illustrated the trend in short and sexy renditions that arrived equally alluring.

Images from top to bottom: Gucci, Richard Quinn, left: Marine Serre, right and intro image: Toga.

Words by Kate Farley

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