Saturday, 17 October 2009

The see-through story continues: more sheer, transparency and lace

Above: Lesser-known designer Tim Soar played a clever card by showing his collection back-to-back with B Store on schedule at London Fashion Week. He used the chance to show many sheer items including this nylon trench.
Below: Louise Gray's colourful layered translucents at London showrooms in Paris. Her current collection is available at James Jeanette's store on Redchurch Street.

OK, so we all know that transparency, sheer fabrics and lace layers are going to be even bigger next summer. I was so excited about the use of these textures back at Graduate Fashion Week that I said it would be a future trend and dedicated a full post to it.

In actual fact it’s been bubbling under for a whole lot longer than that. It first came to my attention nearly two years ago when I was filming a fashion makeover show in India. The presenter chose a gorgeous layered dress with white sheer inner and black lace outer to dress up the awkward contributor. And even that was a high street knock-off inspired by earlier layered lace by Prada.

But I saw SO much of it again in London and Paris that I thought it was worth another look. Here’s my pick of the best examples of the next chapter in this ongoing trend which I've spotted on my travels, mainly taken from next summer’s collections.

Above: Over-laid lace panels at the Goldie SS10 show, off schedule London Fashion Week.
Below: There's a hole in my coat...Macedonian-born, Bali producing designer Marjan Pejowski's cool transparent trench. Just don't expect it to keep you dry!

When one of London's most directional brands puts themselves firmly nehind one trend you know it's hot: House of Holland's SS10 collection for Women (above) and men.

Above: Erdem's SS10 collection features these intricate overlaid lace numbers along side his trademark digital floral prints.

Below: It all started here...or at least she was there before. One of many of Madeleine Vionnet's amazing exploration in transparency on show at Paris' Musee des Arts Decoratifs till 31st January

On the slate...


  1. Love the link of Vionnet to this current trend.

  2. The Marjan Pewoski overcoat is mesh cool - literally! Love it!