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Pro­tec­tion in tur­bu­lent times: That was the big idea be­hind Rick Owens’ even big­ger padded pieces for the Fall/Win­ter 2017/18 sea­son. Over­sized sleeve­less vests were paired with equally vo­lu­mi­nous pieces worn around the neck and shoul­ders, a seem­ingly avant-garde take on pro­tec­tive gear worn by pas­sen­gers af­ter a crash landing.

While other de­sign­ers did not have quite as dystopian a vi­sion, their quilted of­fer­ings were also a way of mak­ing a state­ment about the bub­bling mass of ideas rapidly trans­form­ing the world to­day. For his maiden col­lec­tion for Ermenegildo Zegna, Alessan­dro Sar­tori wanted to ex­plore “the di­a­logue be­tween the art of ex­quis­ite tai­lor­ing and the fast-paced needs” of the mod­ern ur­ban­ite. This trans­lated to pieces with ex­pertly mixed el­e­ments, such as a re­laxed suit with di­a­mond quilt­ing.

Essen­tially, this trend takes your favourite cosy-down jacket and sharp­ens it up – it’s comfy ar­mour for the ur­ban jun­gle.

From­left: Ber­luti,MSGM, Rick­Owens, Mon­clerGamme Bleu,Ermenegildo Zegna,Ba­len­ci­aga, Bal­main(san­dal and­jacket).

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