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Cubism, Reconfigured checks and Elbow-length sleeves

Cubism, Reconfigured checks and Elbow-length sleeves

1. Cubism

WGSN highlighted cubist colour blocking as a key message in our A/W 11/12: New York analysis (read more on WGSN Boutique). But it didn’t stop there.

This trend has proved to be even stronger in the recent A/W 11/12 catwalk collections. As a pattern direction, it follows modernist, constructivist and cubist approaches to graphic blocking (as at Peter Pilotto, pictured).

2. Reconfigured checks

WGSN has noted with much excitement that the reconfigured check is emerging as a dominant trend. Originally highlighted in our New York analysis (read it on WGSN Boutique), classic designs such as tartan, plaid and shadow checks continue to be spliced, wrapped, mixed, overprinted and generally reworked into all kinds of combinations (see Prada, pictured).

Designers have approached this deconstruct/reconstruct approach with a cubist mindset, breaking the rules and experimenting with fabric weights and textures, as well as with pattern.

3. Elbow-length sleeves

Elbow-length sleeves (as at Acne, pictured) are key in every shape and form. Wide cut, square cut or narrow cut, this trend works any way, used on the heaviest outerwear silhouettes through to the lightest, most delicate shapes.

Elbow-length sleeves are essential to the multi-layering trend as discussed in our A/W 11/12 New York analysis and A/W 11/12 New York catwalk key items (read these reports on WGSN Boutique).

For more catwalk key item inspiration and for the full reports on the above product updates, which will help you keep your buy on the trend pulse, visit

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