From structural shapes at Cult Gaia to this season’s Loewe ‘it’ bracelet bag, the plissé trend is back for in a big way this summer. Scroll to shop our favourites…

Call it the Alexa Effect but when the Chung dons a look, the crowd follow suit. This weekend, the model, designer and all-round It-girl was seen traipsing the fields of Glastonbury in one of Issey Miyake’s iconic Pleats Please shift dresses. Paired with sexy lace-up Saint Laurent boots and her trusty vintage Barbour, a look was born. The electric blue mini is testament to how timeless the plissé trend really is, as Miyake launched the label back in 1994 with a collection exclusively showcasing pleated pieces. Almost 30 years on and the look still feels incredibly fresh, modern even, and this season, can be seen reflected in so many other collections, from Loewe to Cult Gaia, Ulla Johnson to Danielle Frankel.

 

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Whilst regular pleats feel a little safe, a little prim perhaps, plissé, with it’s tightly constructed concertina and more structured shape, lends itself to a more futuristic, avant-garde look. In short, it feels quite “fashion”.

It’s also incredibly wearable and comfortable, taking on so many guises from classic wide-leg culottes (very Joesph, very Margaret Howell vibes) to more of-the-moment trends like cut-out dresses and colour-blocking co-ords.

Standouts this season include La Fayette 148’s Boone midi shift dress in a pearly grey. It’s an investment for sure at over £800, but a dress that will look just as elegant in years to come.  While ASOS’s chic black shift is a great option for a wedding guest look, paired with statement gold jewels and barely-there sandals.

First launched back in 1994, Issey Miyake's pleated shift still feels incredibly fresh - modern even - almost 30 years later.

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