The current trend for ruching is another vintage favourite that is making a comeback this season. Think glamorous sirens of Hollywood’s golden age of the 1940s, with gowns featuring ruching around the breasts, waist and hips. Ruching simply means slight folds of gathered fabric, which works wonders at hiding any body flaws and camouflaging any lumps, bumps or general unevenness. This feature is especially great if you’re wearing a skin skimming dress.
For this year's Fall Winter season, ruching is primarily being used on dresses, and for me personally, as a woman who wonders the world with a suitcase that usually has to go in the overhead locker while I'm flying, it's the perfect solution.
Chiara Boni La Petite Robe – a designer who is committed to using eco-friendly stretch fabrics that perfectly fold up into an organza pouch – has some great skin-tight ruched metallic style dresses for the evening in her collection. At London Fashion Week this season, Molly Goddard – who is known for her pretty smock dress and fluffy tutus – featured slinky ruched body-con slip dresses in gingham in her gorgeous collection. And in Italy, MIU MIU 50s floral ruched dresses were worn over fluffy pullovers with short socks and flats.
These ruched dresses are also going to be perfect for summer and as I have already seen the SS19 collections, I know the trend is going to continue to be huge. For their opening ceremony collection, Kenzo designers Carole lin and Humberto Leon used Kenzo customised archival flower prints on ruched dresses with sleeves and ruffles, as well as tops. And to tell you the truth, this was probably their best collection for me, which says something for this popular comeback trend.