Plisse is a fabric which has been treated to be permanently crinkled - think of it as a type of micro pleat. Issey Miyake has of course revolutionised the use of pleats in mainsteam fashion, being known world over for their exquisite use of this fabric. This material has also been the number one choice of fabric for many of the top designers during fashion week for the past few seasons, most notably during the A/W 16 presentations. Plisse can be beautifully manipulated and draped to create a number of different striking silhouettes: oversized sleeves, knotted waists and asymmetric hems. For Fall 16, designers used the most wonderful array of Autumnal colours: Bordeaux red, midnight blue and mink. These colours elevated the plisse garments and made them perfect to be worn as eveningwear. Key Designers: Issey Miyake, Mary Katrantzou, Bottega Veneta, Celine, Valentino, Roksanda, Stella McCartney, Loewe, Jil Sander and Boss.
Not necessarily considered to be the most flattering of fabrics, you do have to choose silhouettes carefully. Silhouettes, as seen on the runway, are usually loosely draped which means they can hide a multitude of sins, however they can make you look shorter than you actually are. You don't want to opt for a style that swamps your frame. If you are unsure how complimentary this fabric will be for you figure, then I would suggest to opting for a plisse top. You can team it with a pair of jeans or classic tailored trousers for a safe, but on-trend, look. If you fancy yourself as a brave fashion connoisseur, why not try a jumpsuit or midi-skirt? - definitely the hardest two silhouettes to pull off. Due to the nature of the fabric trousers tend to have wide legs, therefore you have to carefully consider your choice of shoes. I have rounded up the best plisse styles currently available from both the luxury market and the highstreet...
1. Fendi £2650 / 2. Balenciaga £1125 / 3. Topshop £39 / 4. Roksanda £5955. New Look £15.99 / 6. Glamorous £36 / 7. Adam Lippes £1255 / 8. Wallis £48
9. Issey Miyake £325 / 10. Luisa Beccaria £2175 / 11. Solace London £225
12. Tom Ford £890 / 13. Givenchy £995
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