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.
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.
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.
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.