Fashion’s spring fling

A model wears the blue ruffle shirt, available from Dorothy Perkins. Photo: PA Photo/Handout
A model wears the blue ruffle shirt, available from Dorothy Perkins. Photo: PA Photo/Handout

Sometimes a new fashion season sees trends nudged gently along from six months previously, but not this time: SS16 is nothing short of an overhaul.

Gone are the gothic vibes of winter, replaced by a profusion of ravishing ruffles, frosted florals and lace-edged slip dresses.

It’s not all forcefully feminine though - graphic stripes, Nineties sportswear and slouchy pyjamas complete this eclectic line-up.

There’s a lot to take in, but a lot to get excited about too. Your spring shopping list starts here...


Two of Italy’s most influential designers had adorably geeky girls in mind for their spring collections.

Alessandro Michele’s second collection for Gucci was a riot of chintzy prints, neckties, metallic midi skirts and flowing frocks, styled with glasses, beanie hats, and clumpy loafers.

Miuccia Prada showed a delightful mish-mash of prints and fabrics at Miu Miu (the cardigan took centre stage), adding dangly earrings and oversized sunnies at Prada.

Essentially, if you look like a 1950’s librarian, you’ve nailed this look.

Blue Ruffle Shirt, £30; Black Cropped Trousers, £20; Black Patent loafers, £23; Rings, from £5, all Dorothy Perkins (available from Feb 28;


The most fashionable emoji symbol this season? It’s the flamenco dancer, if the Proenza Schouler catwalk is anything to go by, where ruffle-edged dresses and blouses with strategic cut-outs were rendered in red, black and white.

The Latino influence continued with Oscar de la Renta’s red silk cape and skirt combo, Alexander McQueen’s lacy skirts and J.W. Anderson’s pink frilly frocks.

Related Savana Dress, £155 (available February 22;


The counterpoint to all that fabric flounce, a host of other designers stayed on the straight and narrow with precise linear prints.

Clashing colours (as seen at Missoni), diagonal (Jonathan Saunders), roomy pirate trousers (Alexander Wang) or pinstripes (Vetements) - this spring anything goes, as long as it’s stripy.

Cocoa Cashmere Luxury Striped Poncho Wrap, £235 (


Make your lie-in last longer by bringing sleepwear out of the bedroom.

Givenchy started the pyjama party with a slew of slip dresses and silky dressing gown jackets, then Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang followed suit, the latter pairing flowing slips with spiky sandals, while at Dolce & Gabbana, a stripy old school nightgown was reimagined as a flowing summer kaftan.

From piped silk shirts for day to camisole dresses at night, this is a trend everyone can try.

Jaeger Draped Gilet, £175 (


Nineties fashion has been kicking around for a while now, but this time around you’ve got two new icons to emulate: godmother of grunge Courtney Love and Sporty Spice.

Hedi Slimane chose the former as muse for his spring show, featuring barely-there dresses, denim jackets and tiaras aplenty.

And Mel C has emerged as an unlikely hero now that the forthcoming Rio Olympics have put the spotlight on sportswear again, making a zip-up track top one of the season’s key pieces.

New Look Black Lace Trim Cami Slip Dress, £22.99 (


Forget going for gold, right now silver doesn’t mean settling for second best, as the metallic reigns supreme for spring.

Loewe’s mirrored leather trousers shone brightest, while Louis Vuitton’s shimmering skirts and Chanel’s accessories spelled out space cadet cool - this is a trend that’s got the potential to really take off...

Oushka Astor Bag in Silver Crackle, £110 (


Amanda Holden is getting a head start on the spring trends with the spliced stripe dress she wore to a recent taping of Britain’s Got Talent. For a similarly on-trend style, but without that tricky midriff cut-out, try the Fenn Wright Manson Braque Dress, £189 (