Every season there is one runway look that sums up the entire mood of the moment. It’s an image you will see printed in every single magazine, again and again. The first exit from Burberry Prorsum’s A/W 2010 collection (the aviator jacket) is a good example, as is exit 5 (the blue blazer, printed scarf and jodhpurs) from the Balenciaga A/W 2007 collection.
For Spring Summer 2012 I think the defining look of the season will be Jil Sander exit 30, the pleated white midi skirt and Picasso knit jumper. It’s a look that’s already had a fair amount of magazine coverage, and we’re only just onto the February issues! By summer I’m sure we will have seen exit 30 a lot. So what’s the message here? That white pleats are in, of course.
Emma Stone has already got on board with the trend, wearing a pleated number from Jonathan Saunders’ S/S 2012 collection on the red carpet back in October. And I don’t think it will be long before we see Chloe’s pleat-effect white midi dress breezing down the red carpet either. Kate Bosworth’s stylist is sure to call it in.
If you’re going to wear a white pleat skirt or dress this summer midi-length is the way to go. Either channel the 1950s vibe seen on the runway at Jil Sander, with neat little sweaters and pointed heels, or contrast the feminine pleats with a chunky platform shoe, Chloé-style.
The Row cotton dress, £1,000
The Row’s cotton dress would be a great investment if you have the cash. It may be super on trend this season but it has a timeless elegance that will make it appropriate for many summers to come. But if you just want to dip into the look Topshop’s cream number is a great option. Pair with chunky platform sandals and colourful jewels for the Emma Stone vibe.
Are you a fan of this trend? How will you be wearing it this summer?