It’s said that the clothes you wear can have an effect on the way you stand, pose and behave. Noelle Loh celebrates Fall’s embrace of couture shapes in the everyday wardrobe.
Iron Lady skirt suits given an exaggerated hourglass silhouette with padded shoulders and even more padded hips. Windbreakers, trench coats and even a biker jacket designed to allow the collar to be pushed back, standing away from the clavicle a la vintage opera coats. Knee-length skirts with a front kick pleat, creating the appearance of a permanent flounce (and worn with oversized shirts half tucked in).
Demna Gvasalia’s F/W ’16 debut for Balenciaga is one of the season’s most momentous collections – though not simply because of the fact that the revered Parisian fashion house has found itself an enfant terrible of a new crown prince. The 44-look line-up has also brazenly shone a spotlight on how silhouettes from traditional couture can metamorphose into a utilitarian, modern-day wardrobe. “Cristobal Balenciaga’s methodology was to create clothing engineered to transform how women felt, and therefore how they looked… A couture attitude. Balenciaga was built on the relationship between couturier, client and cloth,” reads the show notes distributed at the Paris presentation in March.
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