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AW14 Collections

The AW14 glossary

The new season need to knows


Each season, fashion throws up a whole new lexicon for us to wrap our heads around. No room for a dictionary in your novelty clutch? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Commit these terms to memory now and you won’t be caught out at your next fashion party.



For your pleasure. This is the knitwear technique that alternates columns of knit stitches with columns of purl stitches and the only way to wear your woollies this winter. As seen at: Celine, Vaccarello, Kenzo


Lenticular printing is a technology that allows an image to move or change shape from different angles. And thanks to Christopher Kane, now coming to a miniskirt near you. As seen at: Christopher Kane


You can’t use the term tie-dye anymore – we’re now calling it Shibori. The Japanese technique for dyeing cloth with a pattern by binding, folding and twisting it until it releases its true potential. As seen at: Stella McCartney

Bias Cut

Bias is back, baby. Famously invented by Madeleine Vionnet in the Twenties, bias cut fabric has been cut against the grain to create a body-hugging silhouette. As seen at: Versace, Lanvin

Pagoda Shoulder

An Italian form of shoulder construction that follows a concave shape and sweeps up at the outer edge with a puckered effect. Used to optimise menswear swagger. As seen at: Maison Martin Margiela, Haider Ackermann


A centuries-old technique of pleating and gathering to create stretch in a fabric, smocking is what everyone’s mother learned to do in the Seventies. As seen at: Alexander McQueen, Rodarte

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