The clothes that move

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Movement. Truthfully I can’t say it’s something I’m known for. Sitting pretty at alfresco tables moving a latte to my lips, yes. Breaking a sweat of any kind whatsoever, not so much. But that’s OK, because the movement in question for spring is of a wholly different variety. It’s all in the clothes, specifically, below the waist.


Pretty ballerinas

Unapologetically romantic, there’s a return to whisper-light tulle skirts incoming from Paris that will make you want to twirl around the Tuileries a la Margot Fonteyn. While Dior offered sacharine embroidered confections, London label Molly Goddard delivers the cool-girl option in neon net. How to wear? Informally, layered over shorts with a slogan tee or a rave knit.


Weird and wonky

For the undecided, the asymmetric, multi-layered collage skirts by Sacai and Lanvin offer several looks for the price of one. These deconstructed pieces are playful and confident, with mismatched lengths and fabrics that will make you look like a walking cubist sculpture – in a good way, of course.



These are the most fabulously frivolous examples of leg wear you’ll see this spring.


  • Prada
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    Frou-frou trousers

    I’m a trouser girl through and through but these Prada beauties are not your average cropped cigarette pants. These are the most fabulously frivolous examples of leg wear you’ll see this spring; think beautiful embroidered pyjama-like pants generously edged with marabou feathers that do a swishy little dance as you walk. Matching feathered mules optional (but why wouldn’t you?).

  • Valentino
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    Pleats please

    The matronly pleat loses its sensible reputation with all sorts of fresh new treatments, from youthful coloured tweeds at Chanel, to Zandra Rhodes illustrative prints at Valentino. I love Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino midi-dresses with their peekaboo splices of scarlet pleats that wink with pink as you walk. On a similar but edgier tip, Balenciaga’s now-familiar floral pleat maxi dress is such a statement-maker, it will walk in the door in front of you and still be making an entrance five minutes later – especially if teemed with their accompanying orange Lycra boots.

Navaz Batliwalla is the author of The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman and publishes the blog