There has been a return to femininity of late – a celebration of all things pink, ruffled, pleated, ruched and romantic. Victoriana fashion is making a comeback this winter in a big way. Vintage shop owners are digging out every Gothic-inspired blouse to keep up with this season's collections – the more architectural the ruffle, the better. The power behind the ‘trend’ has once again proved its influence and allure.
The exaggerated beauty of the ruffle or frill is showcased in every top fashion magazine. The Gentlewoman highlights the gently ruffled peplum of an Alexander McQueen petal-sleeved jacket in a series of photographs taken by Colin Dogdson. Porter Magazine and Love Magazine both feature the much coveted ‘It’ Miu Miu shirt of the season – the frilled sailor bib shirt (also comes as a dress) worn this party season by varying degrees of celebrity, including Pandora Sykes, Clara Paget and Alexa Chung.
I have always loved a good frill or flounce – ever since Marissa Cooper wore a cream cascading ruffled floral Chanel dress to prom in The OC. Scarlett O’Hara’s chaste white ruffled dress in Gone With the Wind was given a modern update by Alexander McQueen this season, with a white and black lace ruffled Victoriana floor-length gown. A showstopper if there ever was one. Actress Julie Christie chose ruffles as her statement of choice when attending award ceremonies with artist Don Bessant – perhaps it was a fetish of his? 1977 saw Saturday Night Fever and disco transform fashion into a frilly free-for-all – Karen Lynn Gorney's major commitment to ruffles had everyone reaching for their platforms and boogying on down.
Simply choose one statement piece with a feminine feature. Keep the rest of your look simple and structured – too much flounce and you will resemble your mother’s eighties wedding dress. A pair of tailored trousers or a vintage jean will add a touch of normality and contrast. Change it up with accessories depending on how much ruffle we are talking. Channel Scarlett O’ Hara and don’t give a damn about what anyone thinks. Even if they do resemble Rhett Butler.
Photography: Christina Higgins
White ruffled top, Cos, navy polo neck, Zara, two-toned panelled trousers, & Other Stories, jewelled slingback sandals, Zara.