The athleisure movement has been central to the tastes of millennial, off-duty models like Bella and Gigi Hadid, Nora Attal, Iman Hammam and Cara Delevingne. It has brought about a fresh approach to styling on the runway too. Jersey sits next to silk, and it works. Metallics are clashed with stretch fabrics befitting for a gym session. And now, maximalist tailoring has become wearable thanks to the tactile textures and clever contrasts of the spring collections.
Texture clashes are key. At J.W.Anderson, Chanel and Gucci, to name but a few. Karl Lagerfeld’s tech-inspired collection for Chanel saw tweeds layered against frayed denim. Elie Saab sent models down the runway in sheer printed silks and glam rock metallic suiting. Prada was a crucible of nostalgic fun, clashing prints and textures, ripe for the street-style circuit. Feather trims playfully sat next to pressed silk patterns just primed for Instagram.
Demna Gvasalia’s models on the Balenciaga spring runway wore blends of silk, cotton poplin, lightweight woolens and bold PVC; often color co-ordinated. He took the thigh-high leather/patent boot and transformed it into a trouser. What epic adventure will February 2017 see for the winter offerings? Watch this space.
Attico, a new-to-the-scene brand headed up by Italian street-style stars Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio, took a softer approach to its fabric mixes. Preferring velvet for winter, the design duo opted for feather-light silks and breezy metallic fabrics for spring. Styled with a choker and ornate shoes, the overall effect is futureproof.
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