If you looked closely enough at the Spring 2007 shows, you might find a faint thread running through which took historical men’s tailoring, and applied it artfully – in new and sleek form – to women.

Feminine mini-dresses and flowing gowns may have ruled most of the collections, but the tailoring trends were still making their mark – many in dark colours, with gothic undertones, and drawing their inspiration from Baroque, Victorian and Colonial eras to name a few.

Junta Watanabe – drew inspiration from the Regency era, turning Beau Brummell-esque tailoring into sleek women’s wear.

Viktor and Rolf took the classic tuxedo and added some sparkle, merging it with the ball-room feel of their collection.

Yohji Yamamoto took a less-structured approach but continued on the masculine theme, in what appeared almost manga-like androgynous styling. Add to that Victorian inspired floor sweeping skirts in gothic blacks and one could most certainly see a little bit of history repeating.

Ralph Lauren visited a different era, taking us to the ends of the Empire to colonial Africa and India. As well as the many beautiful feminine pieces, men’s tailoring came through with vests, pinstripes, bib-front shirts and headwear inspired by the British Raj.

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