August 30 2014

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Will You Say “Yes, Please” To Pleats?


Knife, accordion, box, plissé—however they executed them, designers sent pleats aplenty down the Spring runways. We’re not talking about the stiff folds of your starched schoolgirl uniform here. Haider Ackermann and Chloé‘s Hannah MacGibbon showed fluid, body-skimming incarnations that swished with each step. Richard Nicoll achieved a similar effect with sun-ray pleats that fanned out from the waist. “I used pleats to create architectural necklines and flattering volume,” he told “They add a mathematical, modern-looking edge to longer lengths and ethereal fabrics.” Others gave classic creases an update by using Day-Glo brights. Miuccia Prada’s sweet shirtwaist dress at Miu Miu, for example, came in an acid green. And at Rue du Mail, Martine Sitbon created a unique patterned effect by layering micro-pleated aqua tulle over a graphic shift.

Click here for a slideshow, and let us know if you’re into the folds.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos /



  1. ShiningTrends_com says:

    I really love that the folded style is back again. Marchesa’s summer 2011 collection is such a great inspiration and I especially loved Stella McCartney. So I say yes :)

  2. TheSizist says:

    When done properly, pleats can be really flattering. Plus they look so lovely when you move.

  3. Shoe_obsessed says:

    I love pleats, a few weeks ago I visited an exhibition in london where a lot of Issey Miyake’s most iconic work with pleats was on show and it was so inspiring. I am very pleased that pleats are going to be a big thing again! I simply love them!

  4. DaveCoteTV says:

    I just got back from 5 years on the Model Circuit, Milan, Athens, Asia, Uhg! There is alot of good, but a lot of bad along the way. Personally, I was very effected by the way we had to “starve” ourselves, were treated like “mannequins” (suppose that’s our job description).. but anyways I produced a documentary on it all, showcasing the “exploits” and raising awareness:)
    It’s here if you want to see it, free of course..

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