Expect plenty of pleats to hit the stores this spring, as buyers and the high-street leap on the trend.

Trend: Pleats please for Spring Summer 2014Seen on the Spring Summer 2014 runways (L-R): Christian Dior, Celine and Salvatore Ferragamo. PHOTOS: AFP 

Proenza Schouler in New York City was early in the game with stunning metallic pleated skirts, a mixture of metal and material that was also picked up by Dries Van Noten (the Belgian curled his into almost floral shapes).

In London, Christopher Kane had one of the knockout shows of the season, and he was bang on trend too. Ghostly light, Kane’s pleated dresses were held together with elaborate clips.

Christian Dior designer Raf Simons loves to set the agenda and added a thigh-baring cutaway on his sideways-leaning pleated skirts.

Meanwhile, in Milan, Salvatore Ferragamo’s satin pleats were ruched to one side of his champagne dresses and held in place with belts.

Céline’s tribal-inspired pleats were an exotic departure for the label, part of designer Phoebe Philo’s general aesthetic shift away from the minimalist mainstream she helped to create. — AFP RELAXNEWS