Fashion Eccentrics Who Embody Spring's Top Trends

Eccentrics don’t play by the rules and they certainly don’t keep one eye on the trends. Truly madcap stylers are oblivious to the shifting sands of time and their look (on any given day) tends to remain recognisable throughout the decades. But there’s something about those women—the ones who wouldn’t be complete without a turban here, a brooch there, a silk printed scarf anywhere—that feels so right for now.

After season upon season in a modernist desert, the magpie has been set free: You can, if you want to, accessorise like you’ve never accessorised before (Gucci says so). You can layer like mad (just look at Miu Miu’s multi–pile-up). You can wear old with new, big with small, silly with serious… It’s a season where the number one rule is: There are no freakin’ rules.

But if you are looking for some guidance, let these women be your sartorial leaders. Scroll to shop the key pieces to get the kooky look locked down…

Miu Miu S/S 16

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Susie Lau

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Style Notes: It takes an adventurous girl like Susie of Style Bubble, pictured here in London, to really rock a modern tulle tutu so convincingly—her layers, like Miu Miu's, certainly help diffuse the girlishness.

Dries Van Noten S/S 16

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Hanne Gaby Odiele

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Style Notes: Model Hanne Gaby is particularly adept at making eveningwear and fancy clothes look delightfully louche. Take her luxe Dries Van Noten mashup here for starters.

Gucci S/S 16

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Catherine Baba

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Style Notes: Paris-based styliste Catherine Baba travels through the epochs to bring her lavish, decorative looks together—chiming precisely with Gucci's extreme maximalism.

House of Holland

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Iris Apfel

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Style Notes: The geriatric starlet's signature jewellery stacks were collected from all over the world (whether bargain basement or bespoke) and she was never seen without her supersize frames—but the influence of Iris's super-bright colour clashes are all over the runways too.

Sonia Rykiel S/S 16

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Leandra Medine

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Style Notes: Leandra Medine is a modern eccentric you can follow—she takes many of the season's key pieces and ideas but splices them together with wild abandon and oodles of nana-chic flair. Just look at this boudoir dressing recipe.

Marc Jacobs S/S 16

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Leaf Greener

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Style Notes: A seriously statement-making pair of trousers can be easily moved into less outré territory with a smart jacket. The showgirl meets the street this season, so embrace your inner extrovert, stat. 

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