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SS13 Trend: Ruffle Love

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An extreme case of the ruffles from 1965
Image Sharok Hatami 1965

The ruffle has come a long way. From the solid ruffs that adorned Elizabethan necks to the minimalist boldness of the architectural SS13 Balenciaga flamenco skirt, it’s one trend than can claim some serious staying power. Sometimes impractical, often oversize and usually gloriously pointless (practically speaking…), the ruffle is to fashion what the cocktail umbrella is to the pina colada.


Chloe SS13 image fromGlam Acne SS13 image from Style Snooper Dan

For those who like a bit of swish as they move, the good news is that the ruffle is right up there this season. But you can leave the fussy frou frou at home because in 2013 the style is definite, clean and uncomplex. Unlike the ruffles of the New Romantic pirate shirt, the bunching of a bad bridesmaid’s dress or subtle frills of seasons gone by, ruffles this year are fearless - boldly wound around necklines and sleeves, adding flounce to hemlines and diagonally dissecting torsos.


(Gucci SS13 Image from Fashion 156)

Of course the ruffle is not breaking news – it also staged a comeback in 2010, on the catwalks of Stella McCartney, Mark Fast and Louise Goldin to name but a few. However, in 2013 it has evolved, emerging as a colour pop contrast at Acne, adding volume at Givenchy and seemingly gravity defying waves at Balenciaga. If you want to get ruffles right this season then opt for a bandeau as seen at JW Anderson and Emilio de la Morena, bib style like Gareth Pugh’s girls or adorning the collar or neckline a la Chloe and Isabel Marant. Alternatively use it to add some colour like Peter Pilotto or to give sleeves some serious volume as at Gucci. Just remember that the arrival of the ruffle heralds the death of the peplum so if there’s no wave at the waistline then leave it alone.

Peter Pilotto image SS13 from Clash Music JW Anderson SS13 image from Fashionista

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