Where there’s a pleat, there’s a way

Ever since our European tour de fashion and our appointment with Madame Pico (see my post on Madame Pico to learn more) I’ve really been craving pleats. In fact, after our visit with the Bernini of draping I bought this pair of high-waisted shorts from Zara with pleating detail at the waist.

(Photo from Chictopia, blazer also Zara)

(I apologize that this is the best picture of me in these shorts so far. Blouse LOFT, purse Nine West, watch Betsey Johnson, sunglases RayBans)

These shorts have been an incredible asset to my summer wardrobe, I can wear them out on a date, on the job or at my internship (thinking about next spring, plus the styling with black tights is perfect for NY). Plus this item proves that pleating and draping isn’t just left to Grecian-style dresses a la Rami Kashou. In fact designers had this very idea for the current season. Here are some fun pleating/draped looks that I can’t get enough of!

Givenchy (SS10, look 27)

Chloe (SS10, look 23)

Matthew Williamson (SS10, look 9)

In addition to seeing pleats and draping looking cool at Zara and on the SS10 runway, one of the senior design majors played with drape, pleats and cowls in her senior collection. Here’s one of LeErin Player’s looks.

One last note: Matthew Williamson was one of a few designers to put the paper waist on shorts and skirts. While it’s got a semi-presence this season, mark my words, it will be a major trend for next the next spring/summer season. Right now stores like Zara and H&M are just playing around with the trend, not taking it very far, but next season the paper waist cinched with a belt will be all over the place.

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