Daring Drape and Ruching Techniques on the Runway

This season, designers explored new silhouettes with interesting draping techniques and experimental ruching.

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This season, designers explored new silhouettes with interesting draping techniques and experimental ruching. A softly-draped one shoulder dress at Lanvin, for example, hugs the body without coming off as risque.
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At Christian Dior, retro beach dresses got a couture upgrade with sophisticated silky draped skirts and flattering ruched details along the shoulder.
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Draping is often used to create soft bohemian looks, but Rodarte proved the same technique can create structured and architectural looks with these stiff, kimono-style wrap skirts.
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Alexander Wang explored his softer side with loosely draped separates secured with knots and flimsy stitches.
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Playful and girly, Bensoni added interest to these printed mini-dresses by adding cleverly draped panels along the bodice.
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At Cushnie et Ochs, an easy drape along the hemline of a dress makes a simple shape feel a bit more sophisticated.
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Jil Sander gave their extra-long maxi skirts some extra "pouf" with plenty of draping along the waistband.
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Flowy silk panels at the center of this Marchesa jumpsuit give it an elegant evening look.
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A dramatic semi-sheer look from Marc Jacobs features an enormous magenta hibiscus at the shoulder.
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Michael Kors used expert draping technique to create a sexy, beach-appropriate maxi dress.
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Somehow, Phillip Lim found a way to drape thick pieces of leather, giving movement and shape to these black tunic tops.
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Long ruched seams make this lemon yellow dress by Prabal Gurung even more form-flattering.
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Rebecca Taylor's elegantly draped floral skirts would be perfect for a garden party or park picnic this summer.
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Reed Krakoff draped panels of knit cashmere around the waist of this sleeveless turtleneck dress, creating a slightly more alluring (and less librarian) appeal.
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