Pleats Please!

I can’t think of pleats without thinking of Japanese designer Issey Miyake. Pleats Please by Issey Miyake first launched as a line in 1993. He pioneered his technique during the 80s. First, the garments were cut, and then placed between paper sheets and finally heat treated in a press to create his signature pleated look.

Pleats on the runway for Prada SS 2012.

Pleats are everywhere this spring and something to consider adding to your wardrobe. Here’s some inspiration for you. There are some wonderful dresses and skirts out there tempting me. Prada is my favourite for pleats for SS 2012, incorporating pleats with another favourite – colour blocking.

Get the Prada look for less at Oasis.

Ted Baker pleated floral dress available at ASOS.

Pleated chiffon colour block dress by LYUDMILA_LANE available at notjustalabel.

And a pleated blouse…

Pleated blouse available at ASOS.

And we even have pleated accessories to consider, including a pleated clutch and handbag.

Pleated yellow clutch by CheriDemeter.

Anya Hindmarch Mini Gracie bag available at myteresa.

Pleated scarf…

Pleated blue merino scarf available from the Royal Academy of Arts.

And finally some Issey Miyake to conclude today’s post…

Issey Miyake Staircase Dress 1994-95 at the Met Museum.

Till tomorrow!

x Rena

Style Guide: Marylin Monroe Cherry Dress

1. Custom made-to-measure size Marilyn Monroe dress by DaintyRascal.

2. Vintage 40s/50s peep toe heels by MirrorVintage.

3. OPI Red Lights Ahead…Where? available at

4. Cauliflower, Issey Miyake v-neck cardigan available at

5. Russian Red lipstick by MAC Cosmetics.

x Rena