Where to start?! From Marchesa’s rainbow-toned tassles, Erdem’s tapestry inspired florals, and Julien Macdonalds (kinda couture-esque) ultra-glistening collection, to DVF’s disco vibes. Vibrant colours, contrasting textures and a plethora of wonderful patterns – is it bye bye to minimalism?
Vivid colour seems to be the thing for AW17 (and sequins and feathers, too), an abundance of colour has been showcased in almost every collection whether it is pastels, brights or metallics. Even in collections that aren’t necessarily bursting with colour, there is almost always a pop of colour effectively incorporated somehow (with the exception of Alexander Wang’s essentially all-black collection). In this case, Sally LaPointe and Michael Kors added fuchsia and magenta pink, creating intensity into their relatively dull colour palette.I’m a little surprised to see how much elaborate embellishment has been showcased so far, and I can’t help but wonder if RTW is in fact becoming less RTW? This wasn’t the case for all and I’m not complaining as there’s nothing wrong with plenty of intricate detail, but there were definitely some gowns geared towards The Oscar’s rather than eveningwear that doesn’t always require a red carpet.
That Julien Macdonald floor length silver and white heavily embellished gown with flute sleeves, Jonathan Simkhai’s pearl and crystal encrusted off-the-shoulder gown, and even Marchesa’s intricate lace cherry-red dress adorned with red crystals are certainly red-carpet worthy.Oh, and speaking of Jonathan Simkhai, who else is obsessing over that cream and white off-the-shoulder crop top with flared sleeves and silver ring detailing?? LOVE!Quite the opposite from the likes of Julien Macdonalds collection (no doubt Kendall Jenner already has her eye on those sparkling cut-out mini dresses), Peter Pilotto’s collection (as always) was full of bold colour, clashing prints and artsy layering. I didn’t love all of the collection, and I definitely wasn’t a fan of those quilted jackets with slightly geometric stitching, along with those embroidered riding boots – at least teamed with those outfits, anyway.
There was a definitive vintage feel to the collection, especially once those over-sized knit jumpers with bright-coloured patches were introduced. I’m not entirely sure why, but the intro to Saved By The Bell comes to mind when I look at this collection? Maybe it’s the slight geometric patterns, random shapes and bright colours. Almost positive Screech worn shirt’s with similar prints, too.
I did however love the blue, orange and black v-neck jumper with exaggerated black flute sleeves (obsessed with sleeves), blush pink velvet draped top, and I REALLY loved the powder pink asymmetric cold-shoulder knit with oversized sleeves and blush pink velvet midi skirt. Loved the earrings, too. I mean, I definitely wouldn’t pair that outfit with those boots; instead, I’d wear silver strappy heels.DVF has probably produced what could be my favourite AW17 collection as of yet. I’m a lover of mixed prints, layered textures and beautiful embroidery so this collection is completely to my taste! Loving Jonathan Saunder’s fresh take on DVF’S iconic wrap dress, too. That deep plunged sheer dress with tiny velvet polka dots and larger sequin polka dots placed on the satin emerald skirt is just divine! There were quite experimental approaches to tailoring in Sally LaPointe’s futuristic collection – collarless blazers, interesting peplums and structured square pockets incredibly embellished with opulent crystals and feathers.
Deconstructed tailoring and silvery animal print was also present in the Michael Kors collection. I particularly loved the 70s style circle buckled belts that accentuated the waist, and the silk fringing was a nice touch. It looks like pattern on pattern, fringing, splashes of sparkle and bold colour will be key AW17 trends. I guess velvet isn’t going anywhere either!Pop back soon for more fashion week reviews!