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A study in opposites defined this year’s runways, as couturiers offered up designs split into radically different camps. Echoing the duality of our world, these divergent creations skip the middle ground to take an uncompromising stance at each end of the spectrum.
Spring’s customary florals made a departure from their organic form in this year’s collections, diverging along lines of mythical opposition: the dark, unbridled wild blooms of fantastical forces at one end, and light, ethereal fairytale buds at the other.
Starkly divergent colour schemes were spotted all over in the season’s collections: universal basics of black and white underlined a minimalist approach, right alongside a vibrant line-up of juicy, joie-de-vivre brights in every shade of the rainbow.
The androgyny trend was cast aside in the season’s spin on the ever-popular gender game. In a historical spotlight, femme frocks and menswear details inspired by marquises and dandys speak to the modern woman’s evolving balance of strength and femininity.
Details that leaned towards soft and subtle evoked a bird’s flight of fancy, trimming gowns with downy feathers and airy fringe; while big and bold adornments, such as theatrical oversized bows, made a dramatic statement of audacity and motion.