A big annoyance is when winter fashion doesn’t help you through the fierce cold or when an exercise jacket doesn’t help you perspire. So far, it’s been difficult for consumers to buy items that perform and yet are not aesthetically sickening – more often than not, it’s been either/or. This season sees an overhaul of athleisure, with Balenciaga ahead of the game since it debuted the puffer jacket last season (an item that was carried over to its creative director’s other label, Vetements). Stella McCartney, another key player in athletic wear, adds fun with a “Thanks Girls” print. For the utterly unathletic, try the look from Dior that will instantly give you the appearance of an Olympic fencer, even if you have no clue what an épée is.
(From L-R): Versace, Stella McCartney, Vetements, Marni, Dior, Joseph, Vetements
As opposed to previous seasons’ heavy trains, Spring/Summer 2017 welcomes light jersey, cotton and organza capes free of embellishment. Believe us: this one’s a hallmark of the season, albeit a tame showpiece among a sea of fearless offerings. At Kenzo and Givenchy, prints are all the rage for the built-in cape. Gucci keeps options open, opting for a separate piece to pair with a matching dress. It’s one word at Céline and Valentino: pop. Just one colour will do, thank you. And if nothing here works out for your daywear closet, hey, it makes for a show-stopping, fashion-savvy Halloween superhero costume.
(From L-R): Kenzo, Valentino, Balenciaga, Gucci, Céline, Givenchy by Richardo Tisci
This season presents a much-needed update of an ’80s power dressing feature in lighter, flesh-toned versions. Sharp, geometric and extended, the new iteration is thankfully devoid of tackiness. Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia cements his block-shoulder signature this season, while the shoulder is more relaxed and rounded at Stella McCartney. The quirkier ones among us will appreciate the exaggerated renditions at Delpozo and Jil Sander that say, “I’m a non-conformist, but I still know what’s appropriate”. Whether you decide to sport outerwear, a top or a dress with this silhouette, make sure you pair it with heels so that your vertical axis is proportional to your horizontal.
(From L-R): Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Céline, Louis Vuitton, Delpozo, Marni
Check out the SS'17 Dossier in the February 2017 issue of L'Officiel Singapore (out now on newsstands and Magzter).