Trendspotting: Leg-of-Mutton Sleeves

Those Balmain shoulders, the sharp eighties silhouette Christophe Decarnin so successfully reinvented last season, popped up on almost every runway, f
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Those Balmain shoulders, the sharp eighties silhouette Christophe Decarnin so successfully reinvented last season, popped up on almost every runway, from Behnaz to Topshop, from Herve to Pringle. But a few designers weren't satisfied with mere shoulder pads and actually ballooned their silks into real life leg-of-mutton sleeves. Roksanda Ilincic's silver, almost angular sleeves added an edge to her glamourous pastel shifts while Dolce & Gabbana's worked in the opposite direction. Their rounded shoulders gave linear dresses womanly curves. Julien Macdonald's steroid sleeves are a bit less dramatic but maintain the bubbly upper arm that skinnies at the elbow - because a sleeve of Dolce's proportions on Macdonald's already 80's-loving, zippered, bedazzled mini might be a bit much.