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Spring 2011 will be a sheer delight


sheer fabrics

Sheer fabrics at Bernard Chandran

With the catwalk shows of London Fashion Week in full swing, it’s becoming clear what the major trend for next season is going to be. Sheer and floaty fabrics. It may have been around on the catwalk for the past couple of seasons, but this time it’s all over them.

We’ve spotted it at John Rocha, Erdem, Paul Smith, Hannah Marshall and Jasper Conran whose take on the trend was with statement sheer hats. Ashley Isham’s red carpet gowns had trailing sheer overlays and at Julien Macdonald there were sheer super-mini dresses and long ruffled sheer gowns. Other designers used cut-out sheer panels or sheer shirts in their collections leaving little to the imagination but the response from the fash-pack has been positive so far.

The good news is, despite how it may look at first, the trend isn’t necessarily that hard to wear. Once it trickles down from the catwalk to the high street we’ll see it used in layering, so you might wear a sheer skirt over another skirt or leggings and your sheer top over a vest for a bit of extra coverage.

I saw quite a few people attending the shows wearing sheer skirts over cycle shorts too. It’s all about adding that feminine touch with lighter-than-air fabrics and it’s just perfect for spring and summer.

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