Spring/summer 2012 brought a whole new meaning to touching and feeling your way around the designer collections. The catwalks were teeming with swathes of intriguing textures, with intricate beading, witty knits, sheer diaphanous layers,clever plastics and opalescent materials all making their way down runways.
Leading the way with his embellished florals and shiny metallics was Christopher Kane. The starting point for his spring/summer offering was old photographs of well tough-looking girls lounging in their bedrooms, resulting in objects of remarkable beauty. Miniskirts came in gleaming lurex, while others were heavy with intricate beading worked into '60s patterns and smoky organza layers were appliquéd with bright blooms. Even the opinion-dividing croc-slash-life guard footwear was encrusted with beading and crystals.
Texture appeared again at Simone Rocha, who masterfully reworked the sheer trend with a delicate and minimal collection of antique lace trapped between sheets of tough plastic, translucent white buttoned-up shirts, rubber handbags and plastic trenches. Marni, too, played with sheer fabrics - organza underskirts peeked out from below hems and the austerity of a classic two-piece ensemble was undone with mesh and opaque panels.
Elsewhere, dancing girls in Hawaiian grass skirts got a makeover from Markus Lupfer. J.W. Anderson created a modern chain mail bib with loops of woven leather placed over satin crop tops, and Missoni conjured images of flamboyant late nights in the Mediterranean with knitted skirts comprised of ruffled tiers. Cutout dresses at Peter Pilotto, decorative plum jackets at Prada and Loewe knit jumpers all ticked the box too.
Styling assistant Rebecca Arts
Thanks to WOR Studio, worstudios.co.uk