Here's a breakdown of some looks this season:

Here's a breakdown of some looks this season:

Here's a breakdown of some looks this season:

Here's a breakdown of some looks this season:

Here's a breakdown of some looks this season:

Miu Miu


    Jan 23, 2014

    Here's a breakdown of some looks this season:

    Artistically inclined

    Art and fashion are never far apart and, this season, it seemed like it was nothing but an artistic palette, with Prada and political street muralists, and Chanel and Pantone-streaked dresses.

    There were streams of colour (Kenzo, Versace), splashes of paint and face-painting (Jean-Charles de Castlebajac, Antonio Marras), paintings (Aquilano Rimoldi), graffiti (Louis Vuitton) and graphics (just about everyone).

    If you have an artisanal bent, this is definitely your season.

    Tribal beat

    Pick a tribe, any tribe. The world is your oyster and it's a movement towards embracing your inner warrior.

    Cultural influences are a major trend, and it was all over the runways. From Celine, Junya Watanabe, Valentino, Givenchy to Alexander McQueen, it was a mish-mash of different cultures.

    But what does it matter? You're a global citizen, and your tribe is a universal one. Anything goes in this new world order.

    In full bloom

    Well, it is spring, and where would we be without flowers? Pretty posies, 3-D blooms and delightful renditions of florals permeated the catwalk as flowers made their presence felt.

    Dior, Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders, Rochas and Marc Jacobs were among those with a love for flora and fauna. It is one of the easiest looks to wear, but also the one that trips most people up. If you're wearing separates, go easy and pair it with a plain or solid-colour counterpart.

    Shine bright like a diamond

    More like a metallic one, actually.

    Turn up the sheen and make it a shiny season. Satin, that rather unforgiving material, was in full force this season, and metallics came in every colour of the rainbow.

    Lanvin, Isabel Marant and Preen were among those that made a point to include several luminous numbers.

    At the risk of looking too much like you're heading into cyborg territory, do what's always been done when it comes to a possibly overwhelming look: Break it up.

    Wear it with a matte piece to bring the shine down to a glow.

    Sugar, sugar

    Oh, the sugary sweetness of pastels! With summery yellows, cotton-candy pinks and pale greens, it was a veritable fondant of colours as seen at Burberry, Miu Miu, Prabal Gurung and Christopher Kane, among others.

    For those with a sweet tooth, it was all prettiness and light.

    Now, these are colours that can be mixed and matched sans prejudice, as it's almost impossible to trip up on sorbet shades. Keep it to a maximum of three, though, and check the colours against your skin tone.