FASH­ION NOW

Wel­come to the new sea­son, where all-out joy and a global outlook are set to change ev­ery­thing

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Each sea­son, a de­signer typ­i­cally chooses a “face”. A woman who en­cap­su­lates ev­ery­thing they’re try­ing to con­vey through their de­signs, em­bod­ies their vi­sion and gen­er­ally makes you feel bad about that last dough­nut (don’t). For its AW17-18 wom­enswear cam­paign, Prada chose Jes­sica Chas­tain. With Hol­ly­wood buzz and a cov­eted spot as one of 2017’s high­est-paid ac­tresses, she was a nat­u­ral choice.

But it wasn’t just her celebrity sta­tus that nabbed Chas­tain the role. Since when did Mi­uc­cia Prada ever bow to pop­u­lar opin­ion? Rather, it was the mul­ti­di­men­sional woman she rep­re­sents. From speak­ing out on the “dis­turb­ing” rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women on film (Chas­tain was a vo­cal mem­ber of the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val jury ear­lier this year) to fight­ing to pro­tect women’s re­pro­duc­tive rights, the 40-year-old is us­ing her plat­form to cre­ate change. It’s a mul­ti­plic­ity Prada cap­tured in a se­ries of in­ti­mate cam­paign im­ages of the star segue­ing be­tween the brand’s belted coats and beaded dresses. “As a great ac­tress, Chas­tain’s tal­ent lies in the fact she can con­stantly rein­vent her­self anew, while also main­tain­ing her own dis­tinct self,” read the press notes.

With years of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der her em­broi­dered leather belt, both as a woman and a de­signer, Mi­uc­cia knows it’s not only about the dress, but the per­son wear­ing it. And some­times that per­son feels like wear­ing bold pat­terned knitwear with a feath­ered bon­net, yeti boots and a cock­tail jewel. And she should. Be­cause this is fash­ion right now: a full-on, hit-you­be­tween-the-eyes ex­pe­ri­ence of tex­tures, shapes, colours and quirky com­bi­na­tions worn any way you like. As the posters on the walls of Prada’s late-’60s/early-’70s col­lege dorm-themed show space de­clared: “Fash­ion is about the ev­ery day and the ev­ery day is the po­lit­i­cal stage of our free­doms.” Per­mis­sion to in­cite a riot from your wardrobe.

The team over at Etro def­i­nitely got the memo. In­spired by the same era, the col­lec­tion was an ex­plo­sion of rich bro­cade, leop­ard print, pais­ley and highly dec­o­ra­tive de­tail evok­ing world trav­els (in a kombi, nat­u­rally) and hip­pie loveins fo­cused on pure, mind-bend­ing plea­sure. While at Loewe, an in­fin­itely more 2017 take on the trend saw Jonathan An­der­son of­fer up

Slides, $130, Seed, seed­her­itage.com Jumper, $159, Coop By Trelise Cooper, trelise cooper­on­line.com

Skirt, $290, Alice Mccall, al­icem­c­call.com

Bag, $5,300, Prada, (02) 9223 1688

Top, $230, Lonely, lone­ly­la­bel.com

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