Spy: High-style

Pregnancy is hard enough as it is. Being fashionable at the same time is an entirely extra feat, yet one that three regular fashionplates added to their style belts this past show season. Or under them as the case prevailed. Yasmin Sewell, Miroslava Duma and Natasha Goldenberg all braved the collections with a bump incorporated into their style repertoire. Sewell worked softer silhouettes with origami foldings, rather than to her shirting and blazer signatures (also showing off the collar bone in the NY summer), while Duma and Goldenberg defined their bumps – the former belting a Dries Van Noten vest, and the latter an illustrated Burberry trench. Overall, it was colour that formed the mainstay of their late spring looks, while heels were forgone for on-trend creeper-style platforms or sandals.

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Trending: High Splits

Turns out that the rise of the midi skirt does not necessarily mean the frumpy state of play that we may have initially pictured. With a curved slash here, and a diagonal split there, a whole new world of sensuality has been extended to the three-quarter skirt and polished pencil. It’s all about the wrap skirt look, without the bulk of actually wrapping. And rather than the 1990’s vertical front split up one leg, this look curves, opening diagonally as you walk. Or saunter in this case.

Pair the midi split skirt with fine knits or body blouses that have been tucked in to keep the look minimalist and modern, while heels help extend the skirt’s line. Sensual at night and alluring in the office, the skirt’s best asset is that it looks just as good teamed with tights, as it does strappy sandals, so it is a true trans-seasonal ally.

The Classics: Bleached denim

We’ve seen indigo runway denim everywhere from Burberry Prorsum to Gucci for next spring, but what we saw on the street during the shows was its palest incarnation – and we’re hooked. There’s something so refreshing about the effect faded denim has on your complexion, in the same vein as a crisp white shirt. It’s a mood lifter and gives any look a casual, confident ease.

Emmanuelle Alt was seen running between shows in washed out blue jeans, the Man Repeller rocked a denim jacket over her juicy Stella skirt, just as MyTheresa fashion editor Veronika Heilbrunner went OshKosh B’gosh in overalls. The shade’s an instant pick-me-up, while the fabric is warm enough to help extend our summer wardrobes in these trans-seasonal months. With plenty of time ahead for black denim, let’s embrace a little acid wash while we still can. Style tip: avoid retro associations by pairing yours with neutrals or pale grey hues.