Doutzen Kroes: a timely reminder

A pleated skirt can have a short, filppy connotation: it can be a tennis skirt. A tartan too-tiny thing that’s more high-school than high-land. A cheerleader skirt. But as you shall know by now that’s not what 2011′s pleat trend is all about and, in fact, if there’s any rule at all to 2011′s pleats it’s that they shalt not be any of the above. Therein lies the key to 2011′s pleats: they can be 70s glamour or 20s understatement, a modern interpretation or a classic one – but they’re also fine pleats not wide ones, and short hems not mini ones. Here’s an example of a glamorous, long-hemmed piece that perfectly typifies the mood of the trend in 2011: worn by Doutzen Kroes in a campaign for Neiman Marcus.

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Doutzen Kroes: Neiman Marcus Ad Campaign
Doutzen Kroes: Neiman Marcus Ad Campaign
Doutzen Kroes: Neiman Marcus Ad Campaign
Doutzen Kroes: Neiman Marcus Ad Campaign
Doutzen Kroes: Neiman Marcus Ad Campaign
Doutzen Kroes: Neiman Marcus Ad Campaign
Doutzen Kroes: Neiman Marcus Ad Campaign
Doutzen Kroes: Neiman Marcus Ad Campaign

Joshua Jordan photographed the Doutzen Kroes for Neiman Marcus campaign.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.