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Spring 2017 Couture Collection Reviews Part 2

Continuing with our breakdown and review of the key trends from the Spring 2017 Couture Collections …

The next set of featured trends were a mix of optical illusion, imagination, and sleight of hand. Plenty of peek-a-boo combined with a technicolor whimsy for the girl who’s not afraid of the Spotlight helped to define these collections. Throughout these Spring 2017 Couture Collection we witnessed the highest level of fashion artistry and craftsmanship as designers pushed boundaries, tempted the limits of fabric manipulation and, at times, delivered down right miraculous feats of tailoring.

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2017 Couture

Up close details at Viktor & Rolf

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

The awe-inspiring details at Schiaparelli Couture

The Naked Dress / Spring 2017 Couture

Do we have your attention now?! That’s quite a name for a dress silhouette that has become a centerpiece in almost every designer’s offerings. Made as tight as a second skin and crafted mainly from tulle fabric, these flesh tone dresses were optical illusions carefully covering all the important places. Iris Van Herpen added a whole new level of ecstasy by including iridescent scalloped shell textures. Ralph and Russo took a more tried-and-true approach, but not commonplace in any way, by crafting a sheath tulle and lace dress studded with rhinestones. A nude body stocking served as the modesty panel for this completely see-through number.  Elie Saab presented a bridal gown silhouette with a twist with the “barely there” look that would likely raise an eyebrow or two in any church.  The most unlikely of designers to show restraint was Versace, yet their liquid jersey dress with thigh-high slit was tastefully sexy.

Iris Val Herpen Spring 2017 Couture

Iris Van Herpen Couture Spring 2017

Iris Val Herpen Spring 2017 Couture

Iris Van Herpen Couture

Iris Val Herpen Spring 2017 Couture

Iris Van Herpen Couture

Iris Val Herpen Spring 2017 Couture

Iris Van Herpen Couture

Iris Val Herpen Spring 2017 Couture

Iris Van Herpen Couture

Iris Val Herpen Spring 2017 Couture

Iris Van Herpen Couture

Iris Val Herpen Spring 2017 Couture

Iris Van Herpen Couture

Elie Saab Couture Spring 2017 Couture

Elie Saab Couture

Elie Saab Couture Spring 2017 Couture

Elie Saab Couture

Elie Saab Couture Spring 2017 Couture

Elie Saab Couture

Elie Saab Couture Spring 2017 Couture

Elie Saab Couture

Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Ulyana Sergeenko Couture

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture Spring 2017

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture

Atelier Versace Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Atelier Versace Couture Spring 2017

Atelier Versace Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Atelier Versace Couture Spring 2017

Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Ralph and Russo Couture Spring 2017

Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Ralph and Russo Couture

Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Ralph and Russo Couture

Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Ralph and Russo Couture

Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Ralph and Russo Couture

Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Ralph and Russo Couture

Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Ralph and Russo Couture

Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Ralph and Russo Couture

Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Ralph and Russo Couture

Ralph and Russo Spring 2017 Couture Collection

Ralph and Russo Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2017 Couture

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2017

Maison Margiela Spring 2017 Couture

Maison Margiela Couture Spring 2017

Maison Margiela Spring 2017 Couture

Maison Margiela Couture

Maison Margiela Spring 2017 Couture

Maison Margiela Couture

Psychedelic Trip/ Spring 2017 Couture

At Schiaparelli Picasso-esque geo prints in bright, rich colors along with gold metallics insured that these were clothes that would be noticed.   Metallics and bold colors were on the menu at Alexander Vauthier too. As Schiaparelli progressed there were mystical appliqués of faces, hands, and hearts – a nod to surreal artist extraordinaire Magritte. The fun continued at Dior where hand painted astrologic motifs adorned silk satin ball gowns. Rami Kadi did the utmost to add playfulness to formal couture. He embroidered brightly colored cherubs and rainbows that danced around a slim nightgown silhouette. By far the most eye catching piece was by Maison Margiela. A floor-length ivory trench coat with a face painted on the fabric and tulle over it gave the effect that the face was rising from a smoky dream. Breathtaking! Viktor & Rolf mixed art with fashion embellishing tulle skirts with appliqués meant to look like broken pottery pieces. A cubist feeling, these dresses juxtaposed delicate fabric with strong shapes.

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture Spring 2017

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture

Schiaparelli Spring 2017 Couture

Schiaparelli Couture

Iris Val Herpen Spring 2017 Couture

Iris Van Herpen Couture

Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2017 Couture

Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2017 Couture

Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2017 Couture

Alexandre Vauthier Couture

Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2017 Couture

Alexandre Vauthier Couture

Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2017 Couture

Alexandre Vauthier Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2017 Couture

Christian Dior Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2017 Couture

Christian Dior Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2017 Couture

Christian Dior Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2017 Couture

Christian Dior Couture

Christian Dior Spring 2017 Couture

Christian Dior Couture

Rami Kadi Spring 2017 Couture

Rami Kadi Couture Spring 2017

Rami Kadi Spring 2017 Couture

Rami Kadi Couture Sprig 2017

Maison Margiela Spring 2017 Couture

Maison Margiela Couture

Maison Margiela Spring 2017 Couture

Maison Margiela Couture

Maison Margiela Spring 2017 Couture

Maison Margiela Couture

Maison Margiela Spring 2017 Couture

Maison Margiela Couture

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2017 Couture

Viktor & Rolf Couture Spring 2017

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2017 Couture

Viktor & Rolf Couture

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2017 Couture

Viktor & Rolf Couture

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2017 Couture

Viktor & Rolf Couture

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2017 Couture

Viktor & Rolf Couture

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2017 Couture

Viktor & Rolf Couture

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2017 Couture

Viktor & Rolf Couture

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2017 Couture

Viktor & Rolf Couture

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2017 Couture

Viktor & Rolf Couture

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2017 Couture

Viktor & Rolf Couture

Over all, these designers proved that couture doesn’t have to be stuffy, old duchess-like gowns that go to attic cedar chests to die.