It represents both love and war, royalty and revolution. It was coveted and banned. And this season red is as seductive as ever.
To better understand how the color works on our psychology and in our wardrobe, we dove into its history and spoke to Nordstrom fashion forecaster Merrill Greene (yes, but she’s an expert on all colors) about how and why we’re seeing so much red right now.
Saint Laurent Spring 2017; photo by Indigital Images.
No matter what your plans are for December 31, why not begin the new year achieving your #stylegoals? We’ve rounded up some of the biggest trends from the Spring 2017 runways to inspire your NYE outfits. Because even if you’re sitting on the sofa watching the ball drop, your outfit can still be jaw-dropping. Here are some major takeaways from the most recent Fashion Week, with suggestions for looks to start the year in 2017 style.
“Sumptuous” could be used to describe much of what designer Tom Ford touches. His advertisements are downright sexy, his clothes come in regal fabrications and his suits drape the body like clinging robes. Even his cosmetics apply like silk on the skin.
All runway images: Indigital Images
Embracing the show-now-shop-now ethos isn’t something that seems to correlate with such luxury. However, other qualities Tom Ford appears to embrace are impulsiveness and gratification. Overt sexiness incites such emotions, as does overt consumerism. This fall, Tom Ford was one of a handful of designers to show an autumn 2016 collection during the Fashion Week that’s reserved for spring 2017. While most runways hosted a parade of sundresses and billowy blouses, Tom Ford’s seemed aggressively bundled-up—especially coming from the master of sex appeal, which often translates to skin-baring cuts and cleavage.
Image courtesy of Tom Ford
To coincide with his in-stores-now collection of rich leathers and Italian wool, Tom Ford released several new cosmetics to wear during the fall. When put so plainly, presenting products when they’re meant to be consumed really doesn’t seem like such a rebellious act. But with Tom Ford being one of the few to do it, he certainly lends the strategy his maverick reputation.
The Downton Abbey influence is in full effect at Marchesa, where this season brought a mesmerizing lineup of Edwardian-inspired gowns.
Necklines dripping with jewelry-like beading, layers of tulle rustling with English countryside blooms, gilt embroidery and even a crown or two contributed to the decidedly regal feel of design duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig’s fall show. A plunging column dress trimmed in silver fringe and a crimson-embroidered tulle mermaid gown seem especially likely candidates to walk another very important runway: the red carpet.
Giorgio Armani crafts a colorful narrative for Emporio Armani‘s spring/summer 2014 collection—and reveals a point of view on lightness, inspired by the symbolic modernity of water lilies.
Enchanted by the great gardens of our time, Giorgio assumes the role of a painter, drawing upon floral motifs that allow his creative brushstroke to blur the lines between “realism and abstraction,” according to show notes.
The delicate nature of his designs are powered by technical fabrics, exposing clean lines and subtle proportions that effortlessly drape the body. Key statements take the form of a soft jacket combined with flared-ankle trousers.
Leggings create a second skin and are paired with skirts and dresses to give each look a sense of newness. The colors and shades involuntarily pay homage to French impressionist artist Claude Monet, who was enthralled by water lilies for a large part of his career.
“I took activewear essentials as a starting point,” says Frida Giannini, Gucci‘s creative director. “And set out to create a feminine take on technical outfitting crafted with Gucci’s codes. Intricate elegance, enlivened by a refined ornamentalism that takes its cue from Erté illustrations.”
Sportswear is reengineered with opulent materials that include jacquard patterns, laminations and leather inlays. Each look goes through a deluxe treatment, revealing seductive details that come in the form of deep slits, unforeseen cuts, plunging necklines and transparencies.
Tunics crafted from Art Nouveau prints are the new eveningwear for spring ’14.
Below-the-knee lengths, as modeled by Joan Smalls, bring to light a new sensuality.
Watch the movement and ethereal physicality of the 44 looks Frida sent down the runway come to life.
Printmaker Mary Katrantzou examines the fascination and fetish that women have for shoes in her spring/summer 2014 collection.
The Greek designer hones in on her hyperrealist aesthetic by breaking down the shoe and then blowing it apart.
Mary’s mission for spring ’14? To discover “the nature of the shoes themselves [to] determine the identity of the garments.” According to show notes, “Brogues suggest a section of highly polished daywear in structured shapes; sneakers are spliced to create sleek sportswear; evening mules are fantasias of embellishment, cocoons of luxurious texture and vibrant print.”
Sporty shoes quicken the pace of the collection and reveal a form-fitting cut that’s engineered to define and accentuate the female form.
French embroidery house Maison Lesage collaborates with the London-based print mastermind for a second time, allowing her to draw inspiration from their archives, which, of course, are then distorted and amplified.
Dive into the details of Mary’s technical exploration of print.
“I love detail, especially some sort of embellishment that can transform a garment instantly. It’s always good to move out of your comfort zone each season, to learn new things and to challenge your senses.”–Christopher Kane
See how flowers inspire the Scotland-born designer for spring/summer 2014.
Born in the Canary Islands, Blahnik began making shoes in London in 1971, and this year, for the first time in his illustrious career, he’s elected to hold a spot on the official London Fashion Week calendar. Blahnik hosted an intimate presentation at the Covent Garden Hotel right in the heart of the theater district, which was fitting, as the designer made his LFW debut via his first fashion film, directed by Michael Roberts and starring actor Rupert Everett and socialite Lucy Birley.
Vivid colors and floral and African motifs defined the look for spring ’14.
Watch Manolo Blahnik unveil his latest handcrafted designs.