Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 62

STYLE Bazaar Balenciaga Gucci Givenchy Vetements EXPERT SPEAK SARA MAGGIONI, DIRECTOR OF RETAIL & BUYING AT WGSN What’s the one piece that will change fashion? I don’t think there will be just one piece that will change fashion dramatically, but in general, a return to femininity will be one of the most important messages of the season. You can see it in key trends such as sport-inspired and minimal looks as well. Plus, ruffles, off-shoulder necklines, florals, and at a more directional level, slip dresses and the camisole are coming through as important pieces. Sara Maggioni Who is shaking up the industry right now? The surprise designers, for me, have been Vetements. The brand essentially reworks familiar pieces like biker and bomber jackets, stone-washed jeans, and floral dresses in deconstructed designs and oversized proportions that feel new yet wearable. Gucci has done something similar in Milan: Moving away from the typical glam look to a completely different, kookier, vintage-inspired aesthetic. An evolution of wide car-wash pleats in Fall 2015, knife pleats stand out and lend structure to otherwise flowy styles at Stella McCartney,Carolina Herrera,and Emilio Pucci.Close r to home,Debarun,Péro by Aneeth Arora,and TarunTahiliani took an innovative turn,adding them to chiffon and nightwear inspired cotton tops. (From left) Vionnet, Péro by Aneeth Arora, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Hemant and Nandita. 62 IMAXTREE, POMY ISSAR; PORTRAIT COURTESY: NATALIE KINGHAM PLEATS PLEASE