Spring 2014’s Skirts Over Pants Trend Dissected
In his new book Asylum Simon Doonan throws fashion people into the same boat as mental hospital inpatients who detect trends when there are none. But sometimes we don’t so much try to create a trend as we do try to ignore one when it’s staring us right in the face. This is what we have been doing for the last few days with one of the more frightening things to come out of Fashion Month so far – skirts over pants.
In its less alarming form the look incorporates a gauzy textile such as lace (Simone Rocha) or chiffon (Alexandre Herchcovitch). Marques’Almeida and Osman used bias cuts and subtly embellished fabrics to make their skirts resemble Rajasthanesque sarongs. Sass & Bide and Ralph Rucci paired matchy fabrics to make their skirts and pants almost inextricably intertwined. Then there was Roksanda Illincic, who you should stay well away from if the sensation of a hefty skirt repeatedly grazing a trouser leg fills you with the same textile anxiety as rubbing velvet the wrong way.
See a few of the most memorable looks below, ranked from least to most intrepid. And remember: This doesn’t even include the street style.