Come spring, myriad houses, from Sonia Rykiel to Versace, will be offering you the cold shoulder. ‘Off-the-shoulder is about covering something yet revealing something else as hemlines go down,’ says Sarah Rutson, Net-a-Porter’s VP of global buying, on the S/S16 trend that began in New York, courtesy of Proenza Schouler’s louche layers, before finding a more bohemian sensibility in Paris with the return of the halterneck at Chloé. Whether entirely strapless at Boss or worn as peekaboo splices at Erdem and Preen, the bare shoulder is this season’s erogenous zone and not just reserved for island escapades.

As originally featured in the March 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*204)