Women’s fashion: key looks for spring

Damian Foxe showcases 14 trends that will define what we wear this season. Photographs by Aitken Jolly

Abstract flowers
Pretty blooms have given way to bold floral abstractions and voluminous blossomsAlexander McQueen python top with laser-cut leather flowers, and organza flower skirt, both made to order, price on request, and python sandals, £1,585Model’s make-up throughout created using Chanel CC cream, £44, Chanel Joues Contraste powder blush in Angélique, £31, Chanel Rouge Coco lip colour in Adrienne, £26, and Le Volume de Chanel mascara in Noir, £24. Manicure created using Chanel Le Vernis in Ballerina, £18, and Body Excellence handcream, £41
Abstract flowers Pretty blooms have given way to bold floral abstractions and voluminous blossomsAlexander McQueen python top with laser-cut leather flowers, and organza flower skirt, both made to order, price on request, and python sandals, £1,585Model’s make-up throughout created using Chanel CC cream, £44, Chanel Joues Contraste powder blush in Angélique, £31, Chanel Rouge Coco lip colour in Adrienne, £26, and Le Volume de Chanel mascara in Noir, £24. Manicure created using Chanel Le Vernis in Ballerina, £18, and Body Excellence handcream, £41 | Image: Aitken Jolly
Summer suede
Supple second-skin suede comes into its own via statement separates and lightweight, relaxed tailoringFendi suede top, £2,500, suede skirt, £2,000, and python bag with crystals and fox fur, about £3,000. Wildfox Twiggy sunglasses, £162
Summer suede Supple second-skin suede comes into its own via statement separates and lightweight, relaxed tailoringFendi suede top, £2,500, suede skirt, £2,000, and python bag with crystals and fox fur, about £3,000. Wildfox Twiggy sunglasses, £162 | Image: Aitken Jolly
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Patchwork
Sliced, spliced and stitched – mismatched panels channel the boho vibe of the 1970s Prada silk-brocade patchwork coat, £4,545, silk-jacquard top, £1,660, gauze and linen skirt, £780, silk socks, £80, and crystal earrings, £320
Patchwork Sliced, spliced and stitched – mismatched panels channel the boho vibe of the 1970s Prada silk-brocade patchwork coat, £4,545, silk-jacquard top, £1,660, gauze and linen skirt, £780, silk socks, £80, and crystal earrings, £320 | Image: Aitken Jolly
Cut outs
An elegant flash of flesh adds seductive drama to this less‑is-more look 
Dior silk-jacquard and cotton dress, £4,800, and palladium- finish-metal, resin-pearl and crystal Tribal earrings, £490
Cut outs An elegant flash of flesh adds seductive drama to this less‑is-more look Dior silk-jacquard and cotton dress, £4,800, and palladium- finish-metal, resin-pearl and crystal Tribal earrings, £490 | Image: Aitken Jolly
Soft furnishings
Fabrics and prints from the world of interiors provide strikingly unexpected sartorial inspiration 
Louis Vuitton silk-mix jacket, £4,365, viscose trousers, £3,450, eel‑leather Instinct boots, £1,120, brass ear cuffs, from £190, brass and resin Pop Chips earrings, £550, and canvas Alma Monogram bag, £1,870
Soft furnishings Fabrics and prints from the world of interiors provide strikingly unexpected sartorial inspiration Louis Vuitton silk-mix jacket, £4,365, viscose trousers, £3,450, eel‑leather Instinct boots, £1,120, brass ear cuffs, from £190, brass and resin Pop Chips earrings, £550, and canvas Alma Monogram bag, £1,870 | Image: Aitken Jolly
Artistic licence
Fashion has a brush with op art, surrealism and impressionism to head‑turning effect Wunderkind silk/cotton jacket, about £1,300, silk‑crepe de Chine top, about £394, and silk/cotton shorts, about £297
Artistic licence Fashion has a brush with op art, surrealism and impressionism to head‑turning effect Wunderkind silk/cotton jacket, about £1,300, silk‑crepe de Chine top, about £394, and silk/cotton shorts, about £297 | Image: Aitken Jolly
Stripes
Whether bold bands or fine lines, head to toe or selective, stripes are here to stay
Chanel cashmere cardigan, £2,640, matching body, £1,355, wool and calfskin knitted boots, £1,400, and silver and strass-crystal whistle necklace, £1,105
Stripes Whether bold bands or fine lines, head to toe or selective, stripes are here to stay Chanel cashmere cardigan, £2,640, matching body, £1,355, wool and calfskin knitted boots, £1,400, and silver and strass-crystal whistle necklace, £1,105 | Image: Aitken Jolly
Waterfall ruffles
Cascading down evening dresses, ruffles shimmer and swirl with showstopping drama Moschino silk-mix dress with sequin embellishment, price on request, and leather shoes, £600
Waterfall ruffles Cascading down evening dresses, ruffles shimmer and swirl with showstopping drama Moschino silk-mix dress with sequin embellishment, price on request, and leather shoes, £600 | Image: Aitken Jolly
1970s folk rock
Fashion channels its inner groupie – folk and rock in equal partsGucci silk-georgette shirt with lace-up detail, £1,160, suede cuffed trousers, £1,480, and leather and python sandals with suede detail, £700
1970s folk rock Fashion channels its inner groupie – folk and rock in equal partsGucci silk-georgette shirt with lace-up detail, £1,160, suede cuffed trousers, £1,480, and leather and python sandals with suede detail, £700 | Image: Aitken Jolly
Evening safari
High glamour meets safari chic for the nocturnal escapades of the urban adventuress Ralph Lauren silk-taffeta Sahara dress, £7,950, beaded-tulle Alison top, £4,850, and canvas Valeria shoes, £480. Jimmy Choo elaphe-skin and metal box clutch, £1,850
Evening safari High glamour meets safari chic for the nocturnal escapades of the urban adventuress Ralph Lauren silk-taffeta Sahara dress, £7,950, beaded-tulle Alison top, £4,850, and canvas Valeria shoes, £480. Jimmy Choo elaphe-skin and metal box clutch, £1,850 | Image: Aitken Jolly
Polka dots
The style perennial takes an exuberant and playful turn this season Dolce & Gabbana printed silk/cotton-brocade cape with fringing, £1,400, matching brassière, £485, matching lace-up shorts, £680, gold, black jade and sapphire earrings, £2,150, and gold necklace, £1,100. Pearls & Swine hand-painted headpiece (in hand) with wired sinamay, silk roses and crystals, £150
Polka dots The style perennial takes an exuberant and playful turn this season Dolce & Gabbana printed silk/cotton-brocade cape with fringing, £1,400, matching brassière, £485, matching lace-up shorts, £680, gold, black jade and sapphire earrings, £2,150, and gold necklace, £1,100. Pearls & Swine hand-painted headpiece (in hand) with wired sinamay, silk roses and crystals, £150 | Image: Aitken Jolly
Visible stitching
Top stitching in contrasting colours adds graphic swagger 
Céline silk/cotton top, about £505, double-faced-crepe trousers, about £1,076, nappa‑leather ballerina pumps, about £408, and canvas and goatskin bag with calfskin handles, about £1,301
Visible stitching Top stitching in contrasting colours adds graphic swagger Céline silk/cotton top, about £505, double-faced-crepe trousers, about £1,076, nappa‑leather ballerina pumps, about £408, and canvas and goatskin bag with calfskin handles, about £1,301 | Image: Aitken Jolly
Deluxe denim
Designers elevate the original workwear fabric with couture techniques such as corsetry 
Burberry denim jacket with shearling trim, £1,795, silk‑organza pencil skirt embellished with sequins, £2,295, and leather and suede trainers, £395
Deluxe denim Designers elevate the original workwear fabric with couture techniques such as corsetry Burberry denim jacket with shearling trim, £1,795, silk‑organza pencil skirt embellished with sequins, £2,295, and leather and suede trainers, £395 | Image: Aitken Jolly
Broderie
Traditional broderie anglaise is given a hip new edge when reinterpreted through a sports-inspired prism
Chloé cotton/polyester top, £1,655, matching shorts, £1,225, and suede Foster sandals, £930
Broderie Traditional broderie anglaise is given a hip new edge when reinterpreted through a sports-inspired prism Chloé cotton/polyester top, £1,655, matching shorts, £1,225, and suede Foster sandals, £930 | Image: Aitken Jolly
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