It’s not often that all the big designers agree on a trend, but for the bow they were prepared to make an exception.
The girly accessory featured on numerous catwalks during the Spring/Summer 11 shows, with Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Chloé, DKNY and Chanel all offering different takes on the look.
Chanel worked hard to show the versatility of the trend, putting well-placed bows on camisoles, dresses, blouses and even using them as a new take on necklaces. The message was clear – bows are no longer kitsch or the preserve of school children, this season they have been toughened and are the perfect option for working women.
Dolce & Gabbana used their version of the hot new accessory to jazz up a blouse. The look isn’t for everyone though, as the top came in a busy floral fabric and was teamed with a matching three-quarter sleeve jacket and shorts.
DKNY had one of the biggest selections of bows in the business on their catwalk, with models sashaying with an artfully-tied bow belt around their midriffs. The looks worked brilliantly with dresses, skirts and trousers alike, and would be easy to pull off at home.
The beauty of this trend is it needn’t cost a packet to implement. Pay homage to DKNY by hemming a piece of jet-black fabric and looping it around your hips, or opt for a brooch version of the bow. Many shops also have sew-on fabric pieces which will quickly smarten up an old jacket or sweater, while stick-on types would quickly update a pair of old flats.