The last time we witnessed tunics and trousers merrily co-mingling in the same ensemble it was back in the 1990s, via the 1960s. This time around, the silhouette has been elegantly elongated, thanks to ground-grazing trousers paired with knee-length dresses, or sleeveless coats chicly topping voluminous trousers.

Opt for a matching afair, as seen at Marni in felted mahogany wool, or a happy union of day and night, as per Rodolfo Paglialunga’s Jil Sander runway that saw a cashmere robe united with silk trousers. Pringle of Scotland worked the concept in supple suede, while Stefano Pilati’s kick-fared jumpsuit for Agnona was streamlined for the workplace with a sleeveless gilet composed of the softest cashmere strips.

Either way, bare arms are on view, heading of the problem of too much volume, as trouser hems come as exaggerated bootcuts or cuffed with a good 7cm turn-up. All told, it’s a look that couldn’t spell ’art crowd’ any clearer if it tried.

As originally featured in the September 2015 edition of Wallpaper* (W*198)