The romance of a ruffle, a jacquard pattern, a headband and a bodice is very “in” this season. But perhaps Renaissancecore’s most wearable trend is the Tudoresque portrait neckline. It provides a perfect frame for Instagram poses and taps into the trend for all things Henry VIII (Six The Musical, Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror & The Light). Princess Fiona got here first.
It makes sense that fashion’s current re-romances with tailoring and anything oversized (handbags, coats, watches, Lenny Kravitz’s scarf) should collide. The bigger suit takes its inspiration from that childhood moment when you went into your parents’ wardrobes and slipped inside your dad’s work suit. (See also Big and Boss Baby.) The look calls for excellent accessories (a clinch belt, say) and meaningful ways to tuck your hands into your pockets.
This season, we’ll all dress like a misanthropic hacker-cum-genius and go for the wardrobe with the dragon tattoo: lots of leather (real and fake), a soupçon of bodycon and big, busting-the-algorithm boots, like Lisbeth Salander. The catwalks of Daniel Lee at Bottega Veneta (the designer currently dictating fashion norms) were filled with brooding and inventively cut leather pieces à la Grease and 1968 Elvis. Who are we to argu