Faded Glory: An observation of observations

Alexander Fury
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A sky-patterned sweater in the spring 2014 Calvin Klein Collection show

Ombré has been cropping up all over the shop in Milan. Westwood had a couple of dip-dyed shirts, Missoni some faded sweaters, Fendi a couple of t-shirts transitioning through whites and yellows to bronze. There was even a hint of it at the always trend-bucking Prada. I couldn’t help but notice the striking similarities between some of these, and Raf Simons’ sweaters and t-shirts for spring and winter 2013, ones he first showed for winter 2012.

I guess these are a neat contrast to the colour-blocking thing that was so played-out, most adeptly by Prada, for summer 2013. A few designers have experimented with that for next spring, and it looks a little has-been. My favourite interpretation of this new feel for fade was Italo Zucchelli’s at Calvin Klein Collection, a series of t-shirts depicting skies that not only gradated vertically from a blue sky through a cloudscape, but also chronologically. T-shirts and sweatshirts took us from midday through sunset to dusk. Clever. Still reminded me of Raf though. If you’re that way inclined, you can get those ombré sweats now. Or wait for other peoples’ versions next spring.

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A Raf Simons ombré sweatshirt from the current winter 2013 collection, £175 at

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An ombré t-shirt, again by Simons, from spring 2013, £230 at

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