Spotting the recurring themes in high-street pieces that achieve the elusive “expensive-looking” status is a favourite pastime of mine (niche, but useful for my job). What strange alchemy has to occur to ensure that something affordable appears high-end? I wondered. What shapes, colours and fits have to combine to create an item that rivals big-name designers?
Well, as you can imagine, the answer isn’t straight forward. It’s almost impossible to apply a universal rule, however, each season, there tend to be particular motifs—be it a silhouette or fabric—that particularly stand out to me. This season, it has to be pleated fabric.