In the fashion industry, the year 2012 has been marked by the return of nostalgic prints and silhouettes inspired by bygone eras. With no new innovations in the industry, designers have struggled to predict what lines will dominate the fashion trends in the coming seasons. A few trends, however, have stood out more than others and the inclusion of ruffles is one of the key elements that has been seen in the spring 2013 showings by major designers.
The flouncy detailing has been seen on jackets, tops and skirts and has been used to perfection to add a new dimension and volume to otherwise simpler lines. Multiple layers of ruffles have been used by many designers to create a more feminine and romantic aura with day dresses, evening gowns and even businesswear being lavished with the delicate detailing.
One of the labels to have worked ruffles to perfection in their spring ’13 lines has been Balenciaga who presented their ruffles with contrasting lining and oversized structured fluffs that merged the ‘60s inspired detailing with an ultra modern look. The label used the ruffle to create a striking front visage for their floor length skirt with the ruffled thigh high slit offering a sexy twist to an otherwise conservative outfit.
Chloe used ruffled to add volume to the delicate and straight lines of their cropped and sheer tops. Not only did the ruffles add a touch of uber femininity to the top, it also made the garment look uber fashionable without going over the top with detailing. On the Dries Van Noten runway, ruffles were used on delicate jackets to add a layer of texture to plainer plaid patterned organza tops and baggy trousers.