Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pleats Please

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Pleats Please

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Byline: LauraCraik Fashion Editor

SOMEWHERE between childhood and middle age, I lost my bottle. Possibly it is wedged down the back of the sofa, next to the Wotsit crumbs. I look at my daughter in her orange and green stripes, and at my own monoblah garb, and wonder at what point it became so traumatic to bare an ankle. I have turned into the sort of person who worries about getting her legs out in the sun. Not even her legs. Her knees.

Here in the will-it-won't-it days of April, a cropped trouser is the most obvious garment to call upon when anxious to cater for the twin possibilities of sun and rain in one day. But look -- here comes another one. Introducing your new, catch-all garment for the tentative spring months in London: the pleated skirt.

No, don't jump off the nearest building just yet. Granted, "pleated" and "skirt" are not exactly two words guaranteed to have you hopping up and down with joy, delighted at the prospect of chanelling a Twenties tennis player. And yet. To say that pleated skirts have become something of a trend is to understate the case. Reader, they have become an epidemic.

First off the starting block was a lipstick pink number from Whistles, portentiously named The Carrie. It would be quicker to list the fashion editors who weren't wearing this skirt at the March shows. "It epitomises the trends of the season in one piece," says Jane Shepherdson, CEO of Whistles. "We thought it might sell well after it was a huge hit with the fashion press when they saw it at our press day. We knew it was special, but social media have allowed the phenomenon to spread internationally. We have had requests for it via Twitter from Europe and the US." So, not just popular among fashion people with "confidence" as their middle name: popular with real women, too.

Perhaps this is not such a surprise. …

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