Eight Ways to Style Ruffled and Tiered Clothes

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Eight Ways to Style Ruffled and Tiered Clothes

Whether inspired by waves on the sand or an afternoon tea party, layers of fabric punctuating your ensemble make for a strong statement

Knitted jumper with tiered fringing and pleated tulle skirt by MSGM, crepe and plastic wrap skirt by Supriya Lele, and knee-high calfskin boots by Santoni

Cristóbal Balenciaga worked with fabric like a sculptor might with marble or clay. The designer would whittle and mould his work into voluminous ruffles, ballooning curves and cake-like tiers which went on to form the delicious structures of evening gowns and cocktail dresses.

For AnOther Magazine A/W17, Agata Belcen and Nell Kalonji explored tiered clothing with photographer Jackie Nickerson, capturing a selection of seasonal pieces which channel the layers Balenciaga so loved. Here, we explore eight ways to style them.

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Virgin-wool tailored jacket, velvet jacquard wrap skirts and floor-length twill dress by Forte Forte

1. Sleeve 

Transform the sleeve of your jacket into a textural feature by nonchalantly slinging a blazer off one shoulder, allowing the fabric to fall into the layers of a voluminous skirt. 

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Tiered tulle dress by Molly Goddard

2. Botanical

Gigantic sheaths of tulle blooming around your body hint at the botanical, but maintain a sense of the avant-garde with their magnitude.

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Embellished ruffled dress by Louis Vuitton

3. Nautical

Sculptural fabric forming satisfying waves alludes to ripples on the sand, or the crimped pattern of a clamshell. A subtle nod toward the nautical.

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Tiered taffeta dress by Dior, knee-high calfskin boots by Santoni

4. Swish-swish

Dramatic black tiers of taffeta may seem sombre, but they also lend an outfit a particular vibrancy: imagine the swishing sound made as you walk.

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Technical structured canvas shirt and skirt by Kenzo, stylist’s own cotton apron, treated organza gloves by Evan Phillips, knee-high calfskin boots by Santoni

5. Gardener

Take up horticulture in the most glamorous gardening outfit, with layers of canvas billowing in the wind. Complete with a pair of elbow-length organza gloves and leave your heavy-duty marigolds at home.

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Tiered tulle dress by Molly Goddard

6. Party

An oversized version of a little girl’s tea party dress can make for a grown-up ensemble indeed. Watch out for cake crumbs finding their way into the nooks and crannies of your tulle.

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Superfine nappa-leather dress with silk panelling by Drome, stylist’s own ribbed vest, cotton apron (worn underneath) and leather gloves, knee-high calfskin boots by Santoni

7. Bridal

A contemporary take on the bridal meringue, walk down the aisle at your winter wedding in subtle folds of bright white leather. A cotton tank top adds an androgynous edge.

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Laser-cut leather blouson and wool tartan shirt (tied around waist), skirt by DSquared2, stylist’s own cotton apron, knee-high calfskin boots by Santoni

8. Bustle

With a high-neck blouson, laser-cut to emulate the delicacy of lace – paired with a shirt tied around your waist to form a modern-day bustle – one can pay homage to Victoriana without looking outdated.

Hair: Jawara Wauchope at Bryant Artists using BUMBLE AND BUMBLE. Make-up: Nami Yoshida at Bryant Artists using NARS. Models: Grace Bol at The Hive Management and Jing Wen at Elite London. Casting: Piotr Chamier. Digital tech: Tim Grant. Photographic assistant: Andy Moores. Styling assistants: Chloe Grace Press, Rebecca Perlmutar, Abigail Adler, Nicola Chan, Sunnie Fraser and Tess Pisani. Casting assistants: Natalia Farnaus and Olivia Langner. Production: Freddie De Santiago at Sylvia Farago Ltd

These images originally appeared in Autumn/Winter 2017 issue of AnOther Magazine, which is on sale now.