As summery dresses and short sleeved shirts began to enter stores, we know that warmer weather and the fashions that come with it, are almost here. Likewise, in our homes, we strip away the heavy throws and start to use our BBQs and patios much more. So what better place to gather inspiration for a stylish summer than with five of, what we believe are, the most impressive Spring/Summer runway sets of all time. From mega-sized shells to 300,000 delphinium stems, the fashion world never fails to delight as it takes to the stage.
Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012
In a whimsical, magical and feminine set, Louis Vuitton created a carousel with white horses, touches of pink and fairy lights. It was the perfect colour palette as the backdrop for plenty of pastels and ladylike shapes in the fashion house's Spring 2012 collection.
Tommy Hilfiger Spring/Summer 2016
What better setting for beach and resort wear than a pop up lagoon? That's exactly what Tommy Hilfiger delivered for its Summer collection this year. Complete with sand, water, palm trees, a sunset, hammocks and a tiki hut, the models strutted down ankle-deep water in a setting that was hard to believe wasn't real.
Chanel Spring/Summer 2012
In 2012, Chanel took us under the sea with coral, shells and sea horses in iridescent whites, soft lighting and the vocals of Florence Welch singing 'What the Water Gave Me'. The models appeared as delicate sea-creatures in their cream dresses, pearl-studded suits and glimmering sequin dresses.
Dior Spring/Summer 2016
It was impossible to miss the 300,000 delphinium stems that covered a man-made 'mountain' erected at the Louvre’s east end. More than 100 people and 15 semi-trucks were needed to create this structure, full of romanticism and modernity. Once inside, the interior was very minimal, with only futuristic lighting cranes added to the gloss-white floors and wall of cornflower blue delphiniums.
Coach Spring/Summer 2016
Celebrating 75 years this year by holding its first runway show in New York, Coach built a custom venue on top of an elevated park. It could be reached only by walking over the former railway track of the High Line. Wispy grass and sand on the ground created a desert-like feel, while models descended the runway in paisley patterns and floaty dresses.