Trend Alert: Housecoats

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So the catwalk collections are over and as part of the day job, I have been trawling through each show, to work out out what’s going to influence the way we dress next summer.

Prada is always a hugely influential collection and is much copied every season. But the brilliant thing about Prada is, it is almost impossible to emulate the collection completely, as the clever use of fabric, colour and print and pattern is always just a little bit odd and far too scary for High Street retailers to attempt to copy exactly – thank goodness.

For Spring Summer 2012 Miuccia Prada has excelled herself with a clever combination of lady like shapes, vintage influences and feminine yet unconventional colour combinations! Our absolute key shape of the season has to be the statement coat, which came in the form of the 1950’s style house coat, in floral prints, broderie anglaise, applique, lace and satin floral jacquards. A little bit Betty Draper meets Marilyn Monroe – in the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Prada                           Miu Miu                 Prada

Also watch our for on the knee pleated skirts, boxy bomber jackets in feminine fabrics, heavy cotton lace on everything and lots and lots of pastel colours.

Now, back to getting out my winter clothes from the loft!


  • rhorsley says:

    Loving the pleated skirts but the housecoats…make me sigh and leave me confused. I saw a photo of Fergie wearing one the other day and even she was having trouble rocking that look. If Fergie is struggling to work it out – I’m pretty sure I’m just going to end up looking like my grandmother who carried hard candies in the pockets and had rolled knee high stockings down her legs. Got any styling tips for us that might help combat that???

  • Jane says:

    I know what you mean – think the more glamorous satin ones worn more as dress rather than a coat might work – I love the idea of them but not sure I can carry them off


  • I love this look, think most people would find the house coat more wearable with a cigarette type pant, because it’s that two hem levels worry, but I will be trying the print in print, and love the lace one- off to cut pattern for said style.

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