Paris designers say 1973 is to be the year of "the body beautiful", and their spring collection now being unveiled reflect the trend.
Paris designers say 1973 is to be the year of "the body beautiful", and their spring collection now being unveiled reflect the trend. The knee-length dress, with uncluttered lines, in simple textures and colours, dethrones trousers this year as the fashion leader.
The clothes are meant to highlight women's natural assets. The departure of trousers is switching attention to legs. Mid-knee hems combine with higher heels and sheer, natural stockings.
The simple trend is almost universal among designers, who are showing their individual touches in exclusive fabrics and prints.
White and eggshell are the dominant colours with geometric patterns, strong blue or red stripes on white backgrounds and small, widely-spaced checks and shadow plaids.
SYNOPSIS: Christian Dior, one of fashion's leading design houses and a pacesetter in spring fashion.
It is the year of the body beautiful... simple, uncluttered dresses replacing pants as the fashion leader. This wool dress in stripes has the fitted waist featured in this year's simple look. Variations come with use of coordinates, like this wool checked jacket.
With trousers on the wane, mid-knee hems and higher heels are highlighting the legs. Shoes are replacing platform-soled sandals. Colours lean towards the lighter eggshell and white, like this shantung dress by Dior. The simple look is set off by prominent jewellery.
More elegant is this long print in black and white silk, combined with white cotton jacket. Necklace, bracelet and black satin sandals add to the special look. Other designers are featuring the soft silhouette, including Givenchy, showing many pleated skirts and Courreges, modifying his usual harsher outlines.
The ultra-feminine look is exemplified in the collection from Jean Patou. This afternoon dress in orange linen, has a modified flare skirt and long sleeves.
The large collar and emphasised waist of this cocktail dress calls for use of long necklaces and the leg-emphasising higher-heeled shoes.
For evening, turbans, topping flowing skirts...this one in brown and beige silk jersey.