Trending: Feminine Minimalism

The Row S.S 12
The Row S.S 12
Jil Sander S.S 12
Givenchy by Richard Tisci
Giorgio Armani S.S12

Lara Stone in Calvin Klein S.S Campaign
Calvin Klein S.S12
Calvin Klein S.S 12 Evening Look

Calvin Klein S.S 12
Zara's Spring Look Book

With pastel colours bombarding us and almost all magazines cover stars wearing something from the Louis Vuitton Spring Summer collection, I thought I would unveil a more subtle trend; Feminine Minimalism. I'm all for the colour palette and adventurous patterns coveted on the runways ready for spring but we will get to those later. First of all I bring to you excellently cut pieces in divine materials that evoke luxury and are easily layered. The desirability of this trend is that it is timeless, ageless and translates to any weather requirement despite being coveted for spring and summer.
Individual pieces can be thrown on for light summer evenings or indeed shopping in sweltering temperatures. Equally while we sit in that awkward not quite spring territory, nay we sit with the threat of snow storms it is easy to layer fine knits underneath these exquisite ensembles, add a coat et voila, a trans-seasonal look that’s of the moment but appropriate.
As you will have noticed from the above runway shots the colour scheme is neutral and minimalist but that does not mean it’s not exciting. The different materials and draping is stimulating enough. The restricted pallet is supremely chic and thus this brings me to the point of being age appropriate. For a youthful age accessorize with bright contrasting colours for example an exotic turquoise bib necklace or a hot pink lipstick or even a striking red heel. But equally the look is flattering, feminine and therefore favourable at any age.
Agreeably this is a classic look, hardly wildly innovative. The Row often covets the essence of this feminine minimalism of draping and a contemporary mix between masculine and feminine. Although they present this style regularly, who else could I suggest as a perfect example for this look?
Jil Sander designer Raf Simons’ collection for this spring was seemingly inspired by the 1950s but with a modern edge. There was an expanse of white and clean lines but also incorporated was paisley, plaid and print. Simons brought a classic look in keeping with the new season via proportions.
Givenchy traditionally shows opulent collections. Richard Tisci kept in keeping with this tradition however this was achieved with subtle tones but impressive ruffles on top of gripping silhouettes. There was an element of glamour portrayed with embroidery and sequins to finish a remarkable show.
In Milan Giorgio Armani depicted elegance and fine tailoring this season. The look was luxurious and tailored. Again (noticing a theme?) it was all about the fabric, silks and satins. Similarly to The Row the silhouettes are a feminine take on androgyny.
Francisco Costa continued the ever feminine and gentile look that is signature of Calvin Klein. Using lace, a soft pallet and sensual skimming of silhouettes this collection combined full lengths and plummeting neck lines. I’ve also added Lara Stone for their campaign, shot by a personal favourite duo of mine, Mert and Marcus. Albeit with a bod like Lara’s, it’s hard not to look sexy, but she shows how to make androgynous pieces fiercely feminine.
Finally there are two shots from Zara’s spring look book. Zara dips into seasonal trends but consistently offers cheap and cheerful classics in the form of blouses, dresses, skirts and trousers. I suggest this European high street store as a good purse-friendly alternative to access this look.
So layer away for now, and strip down when the sun decides to shine. Either way, embrace the elegance and ease of the minimalistic look that needs no translating from the runways to your wardrobe.

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