For many of us, the thought of ruffles generally conjures memories of that pink frilly dress we were forced to wear on our fifth birthday. A look that was appropriate during our formative years, though not necessarily a go-to embellishment today. But in Opening Ceremony Pre-Fall, ruffles have been reimagined, shedding their saccharine sweet undertones in favor of sophistication and most importantly, power.
Cut in dark sheer fabrics, the delicate folds take on an architectural quality, recalling the masterful manipulations of Zaha Hadid. In speaking about the differences between architecture and fashion, the visionary woman once said, “Architecture is how the person places herself in the space. Fashion is about how you place the object on the person.” And with ruffles, placement is key. Situated at the shoulders and hips, or layered at the hem, they serve to accentuate the female form, signifying a uniquely feminine strength as they float through the air. Much like a baseball bat-wielding Beyonce in “They Don’t Love You Like I Love You,” and who doesn’t want to channel that?
This season, it’s time to give ruffles a second chance.
Photography CHARLOTTE MARCODIN | Styling ALISON MAZUR | Set Design DEVIN RUTZ | Makeup KATIE MELLINGER | Hair YUHI KIM at BRIDGE ARTISTS | Talent JADA at ELITE