For far too many runways, it was the same deadly story this season as last. Is there some central pool of ideas that is feeding the 'creativity' of our young designers? I can think of no other reason for the similarity of what we saw over and over again – or so it seemed.
Here's my list of things I hope not to see again for some time and certainly not next season (do feel free to make any contributions of your own):
• Pleats and peplums sprouting everywhere.
• Mindless draping. We are not talking of the sublimities of Madame Grès here but the cop-out of people who do not know enough about either dressmaking or tailoring and who believe that wrapping one bolt of fabric around another and roughly tacking it can be called an evening dress.
• Endless minis. As Mary Quant, cleverer in every sense than any young designer in London today, realised: they are as easy as falling off a log and always sell, but it takes more than that to make them into a fashion statement.
• Inserts of fabric – especially stiff shiny ones.
• Leather-capped shoulders.
• Short flirty skirts with little kick pleats.
• Panels and half garments.
• Coiled and twisted ribbons of leather, satin, wool… or anything else the desperate designer could lay hands on.
• Shapeless furs – or any furs at all, really, in these enlightened days.
Enough already. The fashion world is not a kindergarten. Let's try to remember that next season.