Textures and colors we can’t live without for fall.
The end of summer is always bittersweet. The long, sunny days get colder and shorter. Lucky for us, the fall 2017 runway shows managed to get us excited to reach for those warm layers in anticipation of winter days. There were four quintessential fall shows this year: Prada, Alexander Mcqueen, Dries Van Noten and Coach 1941. Although all four of these designers are very different from one another, there was an underlying theme that ran through each of their collections and that was the modern woman. There was a sense of empowerment and self-determination within each collection, while still remaining true to fashion. These runway shows did not only leave you wanting the clothes off the runway but also left you with a powerful message of feminine power.
Dries Van Noten celebrated his 100th runway show with his FW2017 collection. Instead of throwing a party, he chose to make a feminist statement through fashion. The collection was an international reunion of 54 models that had previously walked for him since 1993. He dressed each model to play up their strength, both as individuals but also as a gender. Not only were
the models a retrospective of his past shows but the pieces too. There were prints from his past collections that he remixed into modern styles. The tailoring really spoke for the collection with well-cut pantsuits, generous coats and jackets. This collection was less about the clothes and how to wear them but rather about the woman who was wearing them. The fall 2017 show was in itself a powerful women's march, representing strong, ageless and impressive women in unison but at the same time completely individual.
Sarah Burton brought a modern feel to the magic of Mcqueen with her fall 2017 runway show. The show had a message of self-determining women and the powerful female warriors of Britain's past. The inspiration behind this show came from a trip to Cornwall Burton took with her team. It was an exercise in returning to nature and understanding British history. They discovered ancient stone circles and the paganism of the past and specifically the “cloutie” tree. People would tie rags and ribbons to these trees with wishes and mementos and this idea could be felt throughout the collection. There were dresses with beaded trees, stars and suns traced in black and imagery of medieval tapestries. Long trailing threads fell from pieces. Youthfulness filled the runway with loose hairstyles, flat, studded booties and sneakers. Alexander Mcqueen could still be felt within the shapes and styles of the pieces but Burton brought youthful energy and female power to it.
Miuccia Prada has always been politically minded, and her fall 2017 collection had an underlying message of feminist issues and the way women are perceived. The collection was inspired by the 1960's and 1970's with cord flares, patchwork leather, knits and snakeskin coats. This led to a more seductive look of cocktail dresses adorned with crystals and feathers topped with coats galore. There were prints and colors everywhere on the runway. Heavy fabrics like tweed, fur and corduroy were perfect for fall. Miuccia's idea of the collection was a smart seduction: how to be a woman who is not only beautiful but also intelligent and an image of a truly modern woman.
Stuart Vevers. Creative Director of Coach 1941, has a deep appreciation for everything Americana, which could be seen at his fall 2017 show. He returned to his starting place as the designer for Coach 1941 with the shearling coat and his outerwear definitely stood out this season. The look of the collection was thoroughly modern but it had personality to it. Vevers source of inspiration was the Great Plains which you could be seen through the set of a broken down house frame, tumble weeds and prairie grass. Although there were fairly feminine dresses sprinkled with sequins, and trimmed with lace. They were paired with cozy shearling lined sneakers, baseballs caps and mini handbags. The designer managed to pair feminine pieces with more masculine items, with a tomboy feel as a major reference point. Proving that powerful and strong women could be seen on the runway at Coach 1941 as well as many others like, Prada, Alexander Mcqueen and Dries Van Noten.
As you look to the fall runways for inspiration for your own personal wardrobe, think of how a piece is not only for fashion but also speaks to another level of your feminine individuality and strength.
DRIES VAN NOTEN