Fashion trend: Ruffles

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Fashion trend: Ruffles

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When the Paris makes a fashion statement, people listen. This season the message was loud and clear. Ruffles—from pretty frills to oversized decoration—are big trend winners for Spring 2013, appearing on everything from sleeves to collars to hemlines.

And while ruffles can often be a feminine detail, it was the dramatic oversized styles that caught our eye. At Gucci, Frida Giannini showed ruffles arcing around the sleeves of an otherwise simple gown. At Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquière showed stark contrasted black and white ruffles that traced along the hemline of a dress to create a ruffled slit—-quite a delicate statement for the designer’s last collection with the house. At Chloé, designer Clare Waight Keller played with ruffles in the label’s classic, feminine way. Flouncing ruffles decorated the top of a one-shoulder dress pastel dress, referencing the femininity of this pretty trend.

For those concerned that the ruffles trend can be a bit overwhelming, some labels showed ruffles in simpler, more wearable ways. For Ralph Lauren’s exotic Spring 2013 collection, the designer showed fluttery ruffled blouses that were made for real-life with a touch of American glamour. JW Anderson’s mini-dresses also adopted ruffles, but offset the trend in asymmetrical layers and with crop tops. Anderson, London’s rising talent, designed flirty ruffles for the bottoms of skirts and dresses as well, inspiring a cool-girl take on the trend.

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