The Trends on Wednesday: Having it collage

Get in the mix (& match) with colour clash and contrasting fabrics.

Having it collage


Preen motorcycle jacket

M Missoni lined jacket

Roberto cavalli

Giuseppe Zanotti ankle boots

Flat shoes

Yves saint laurent

Extending on last autumn’s huge contrasting sleeved jacket trend, designers are experimentally combining fabrics as well as pattern, with scarf prints on tweed at Roberto Cavalli and tartan with leather at Preen, to name but two. The lesson? Think before you throw those clothes away; mix up the sleeves of an old biker jacket with a denim one; bondaweb a vintage scarf to a pencil skirt, for an artistic edge; cut similarly sized pairs of trousers apart at the seams and fix up a new design of kaleidoscopic colour clash. As with the celebrated culinary principle that the best, most creative chefs mix experimental combinations, just the nature of the looks you choose to combine can create a unique, stand-out statement. Be warned, however, that it takes a degree of experience and aesthetic sense to make sure your new garment is more fabulous and less Frankenstein!

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