As the Fall 2017 Couture season comes to a close, it’s time to start reviewing the motifs that filtered through the different collections. Although the designers all have their own style, it’s still easy to spot the common denominators that dominated the runway this season. Let’s take a look at the top trends of this Fall 2017 Couture season.
Floral is a popular pattern, especially when it comes to spring. But, designers are giving this typical trend a twist by making them a multi-dimensional part of the garments. Fendi’s take on this trend is Suess-ian, while Iris van Herpen and Ralph & Russo go for a more futuristic feel. Alexis Mabille’s jacket is made entirely out these 3-D flowers, while Giambattista Valli’s subtler look is more appropriate for ready-to-wear fashion. This trend is perfect for garden parties and evening cocktails on a rooftop in New York City.
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Cape dresses have been popping up across seasons, but it seemed that every line was taking advantage of this multi-faceted garment. Fendi and Giambattista Valli merge this trend with the 3-D flowers trend, while Iris van Herpen utilizes a shorter, stiffer cape. Ralph & Russo and Zuhair Murad use long capes to add even more elegance to their beautiful floor-length gowns. This trend is definitely a formal one, but you can relax it a little with a short dress and cape combination.
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The sheer style is taking over, but couture designers are finding intricate ways to use sheer while style staying modest. Embroidered sheer in Zuhair Murad’s and Francesco Scognamiglio’s collections use the embroidery to delicately cover delicate parts, while Alberta Ferretti stays modest with a slip under embroidered mesh. Both Christian Dior and Alexandre Vauthier take advantage of black mesh to stay covered. Wear this style to the beach, or take this style to the streets with a slip underneath.
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Birds of a feather flock together, and these designers are clearly flocking! Feathers were fashioned into a stunning cape for Elie Saabs line, while Fendi and Ralph & Russo made entire dresses with feathers. Jean Paul Gaultier and Francesco Scognamiglio added flare to their gowns with feather detailing. Wear this trend on a nice date, or to the local art museum and become your own exhibit!
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Fringe is a fantastic trim, as it moves wonderfully with the garment. Ralph & Russo, Christian Dior, and Atelier Versace all took advantage of this movement with long fringe, while Valentino and Zuhair Murad went for shorter fringe. Wear this trend anywhere, since any ensemble can be enhanced with fringe of any size.
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Fur is always in fashion, so it’s no surprise that couture designers are fashioning fur into their designs. Ulyana Sergeenko and A.F. Vandevorst go for a classy couture look with open coats, while Ronald van der Kemp and Fendi use furs as the main part of the ensemble. Jean Paul Gaultier matches his soft fur coat with a pair of sparkling pants. Fur is perfect for any occasion, like a moonlit walk during a light snowfall, or apple picking in October.
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People are pleased with pleats, which is why couture designers have incorporated them into their designs. Maison Margiela and Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition use a subtle pleat, while it is the main event in the ensembles of Schiaparelli and Christian Dior. Alexis Mabille pairs pleats with ruffles. Pleats are perfect for parties and parks, or any other event that you may go to, as they’re very versatile.
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The runway was rife with ruffles this season, and tiered ruffles showed up in the collections of Alexis Mabille and A.F. Vandevorst. Guo Pei and Atelier Versace both embellished sleeves with ruffles, while Iris van Herpen used ruffles for their whole dress. Ruffles are great for fancy parties, but they can also add fashion to every day wear, especially around the office.
Ready to ruffle? Rifle through these fabrics:
Velvet is a luxurious fabric, with super soft feel. Christian Dior’s simple black dress stuns in velvet, while Zuhair Murad’s velvet skirt and cape are elegant and extravagant. Elie Saab, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Ulyana Sergeenko use velvet to add a dramatic flare. Wear velvet to formal events, or go for a simple velvet dress like Christian Dior’s for a more casual look.
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What’s your favorite couture look? Let us know in the comments!