The minimalism movement of the last few years has very much been fronted by big names such as Jil Sander, APC and Celine.
This summer, Jil Sander's cocoon coat of Autumn Winter '12/13 instantly became a cult classic - the minimal approach makes it a bold statement, and painfully chic. This theme continued into the Jil Sanders SS collection - the burgundy, white and black pieces in a classic cut and simple texture a prime example of timeless style.
Above: Jil Sander AW12/13 cocoon coat
Above: Jil Sander SS13 runway collection - burgundy, white and black cotton
Above: Celine SS13 runway collection - silk and leather
Above: Celine SS13 simplistic leather grab bags
In the opposing team (for maximalist shapes and textures) was Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy.
Alexander McQueen took texture to the extreme. McQueen has always been a fan of shock tactics, and this collection displayed that. Big texture was so prominent, it almost felt the whole collection was based around it. Huge 3D florals and ruffles engulfed the models, and harsh beekeeper-esque visors toughened up the cascades of chiffon.
Above: McQueen SS13 runway collection - 3D florals and beekeeper masks
Chanel's take on texture was more wearable - dainty beading, pearls, glitter and chiffon petals took the trend into super-girly territory. Delicate yet bold, Chanel's looks varied from tough and gothic, to sweet and pastels, making the collection a beautiful, eclectic mix of genres. However, the maximalist texture remained throughout, keeping a sense of fluidity with each new piece.
Above: Chanel SS13 runway collection - mesh, pearl polka dots, floral embellishment, glitter & chiffon petals
Article by Mary Platts