When trendspotting on the runway, details as commonly used as ruffles don't quite count as a specific-to-a-season, hotter than hot trend. But something to note about the collections this past week is a common interest in casual ruffles that appear relaxed and casually draped across the models' bodies, despite the intention behind the designs.
Jason Wu's breathtaking show was full of ruffles, serious and casual. While feminine and flirty ruffles of the traditional variety skirted the runway, they were accompanied by looser ruffles cascading around the models' hips and decolletage.
Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo returned to major features in Tome's lineup of shirting, menswear, and deconstructed starchier pieces. This season, however, there was an extra casual approach to ruffles, as they intentionally hung to add extra angles and lines to the body.
Nanette Lepore went to a bright and cheeky place for her Spring collection, and I love it. Vivid colors meet neo-bohemian paisleys, and they're accented by the perfectly casual diagonally organized ruffles.
Even Michael Kors, classic sportswear master, added some hip-slinging ruffles to his collection of intricate flower embellishment, crisp white blouses, and hotter-than-expected cropped turtlenecks.