Anthony Vaccarello, Donna Karan and Just Cavalli Spring/Summer 2014, All Over Press.

Anthony Vaccarello, Donna Karan and Just Cavalli Spring/Summer 2014, All Over Press.

(Un)even sexier

It’s the new hem that everyone’s raving about, giving a jagged edge to your wardrobe. Short or long, it’s all about the handkerchief this summer – and not the one in your pocket.

If you’re sniffing out the season’s big trends, look no further than this summer’s shorter take on the high-low look, which deploys handkerchief hems to update everything from the mini-skirt to maxi dress.

Studded strapless cocktail dresses with uneven hems, and angular minis secured with leather straps at Anthony Vaccarello set the tone for this modern approach to the handkerchief hem, introducing a youthful and luxurious mood for eveningwear. Something that Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent clearly knows all about, judging by his pointy metallic mini- dresses and jagged black skirts.

At Just Cavalli, spliced-together animal and tropical prints gave irregular mini-skirts an even wilder edge, while Donna Karan’s woodblock prints lent handkerchief maxis a sophisticated, artisan-inspired feel, ensuring that this becomes one trend not to be sneezed at.

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