Printed dresses in luxe fabrics

Sometimes there are trends that you see everywhere or know will be everywhere, that you appreciate, maybe even like, but just cannot wear. Here is one of them. However I just cannot ignore it, although my closet is full of (almost) only black or navy dresses.

And to be honest, when I look at the gorgeous prints of Balenciaga, Prada, Erdemor Matthew Williamson, I feel like I am looking at a beautiful painting. I love the baroque aspect of the prints on velvety fabrics, the airy spirit on chiffon and the ultimate luxe on printed silk.

These are fabrics that designers favoured for this autumn, along with leather, brocade, feathers and metal (embellishments, studs), but also did in classic black and mono-shades. In any case, a come-back to the importance of fabrics and a luxurious mix of materials to assert a timeless quality to the garments – and justify price tags in uncertain times.

Best use of luxe fabrics on autumn dresses was by Bottega Veneta (velvet, sheepskin, leather, chiffon), Alberta Ferretti (brocade, leather, tulle), Lanvin (the best classic LBDs), Giorgio Armani (velvet, leather, metal), Chloé (wool, metal, cristal), Prada (jacquard velvet, leather, cashmere).

Also, I have a feeling it is just the beginning of this trend, when I look at Proenza Schouler’s SS10 NY show

Left: Vogue UK, Freja wears Prada dress and shoes, Wolford tights, Marni necklaces, Erickson Beamon bracelets, Legge and Braine ring. Right: Balenciaga dress and tights.

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