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These pleats are not back-to-school design references. They are totally new and lead to an array of hybrid silhouettes. As most Japanese designers, Sacai’s Chitose Abe is a master in intricate pattern-making. Through her previous experience at Comme des Garçons under Rei Kawakubo and later under Junya Watanabe she honed her skills in the art of pleating and draping. Sacai pleats are not austere and minimal. They are unconventional and liberating…
Pleated Lace: Textural feast!
Lace is already rich in texture, but Sacai takes it to the next level by pleating it in a dress from Pre-Fall 2016 that comes in either blue/black or orange/pink combo. The last graces the seasonal lookbook of the brand layered over a turtleneck!
Pleated Back: An element of surprise
It might start at the front as a simple V-neck short-sleeve sweater but it continues at the back with a pleated bandana-print panel that makes the whole silhouette roomy and breezy. Pleated backs are one of the designer’s cool tricks!
Pleated Wrap Skirt: The ‘IT’ item!
It’s a very unique style. On the SS16 catwalk this adjustable skirt is layered and tied over other garments to create a luxe hipster look. This style comes in monochromes or bandana-print pleated panels combined with wool felt or luxurious gilded lace !
Pleats on Pleats: A pleated detail over a pleated underlayer!
It’s ok to exaggerate with pleats when dressed in Sacai. In a coveted mixed-media top from SS16, the designer added a sexy pleated négligée panel complete with a single spaghetti strap over a pleated tank top!
Hidden Pleats: Under sheer mousseline!
Sometimes pleats are seen through a sheer embroidered layer. They look subtle adding unexpected volume to the look. The Sacai Mousseline Bandana Layered Slipdress is a great example!
Striped Pleats: Chevron and colorful stripes!
Pleats feel even more intricate and extraordinary when combined with colorful linear motifs that further alter or enhance the silhouette. The whole ‘illusionist’ experiment makes for incredible street style .
Pleated Culottes: The cool & functional alternative to a classic pleated skirt!
If skirt isn’t your thing, try the pleated culottes . They are way more convenient and are combined by fashionistas with mannish brogues!
Pleated detail: A pleated belt as highlight to a classic shirt!
Pleats can be used at minimum amount with maximum visual effect. The pleated belt will transform any neutral top into a fashion statement!
Pleats All Around: The 3D pleated look is of high textural value!