Thursday 24 August 2017

Shape of things to come at fashion show

Daniella (left) wears an Erdem dress (€4,570) and Tabea (right) wears a Zimmermann dress (€3,200) from the BT Autumn Winter 2017 collection. Photo: Leon Farrell
Daniella (left) wears an Erdem dress (€4,570) and Tabea (right) wears a Zimmermann dress (€3,200) from the BT Autumn Winter 2017 collection. Photo: Leon Farrell
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

'Architectural' has been the buzzword in fashion circles of late.

Terms such as 'pared back' and 'sculptural' reflect the aesthetic, and yesterday we witnessed a masterclass in architectural fashion when new pieces from Spanish label Delpozo closed the Brown Thomas (BT) Autumn Winter 2017 (AW17) show.

Delpozo's creative director Josep Font acknowledged that his time studying architecture - to please his parents - inspired his eccentric shapes.

There was certainly a gasp of surprise, and delight, as the gathered audience surveyed his drop-shouldered, wrap-sleeve, orange trapeze coat, worn with a futuristic headpiece with textural beading on the side.

Bird-like, it was stunning - though not, perhaps, for everyone. For less experimental dressers, there was a retinue of seriously glamorous, ultra-feminine dresses.

A pink Erdem satin gown with beaded straps and flounced, hi-low hemline stole many hearts because not only was it gorgeous, the dress had pockets. Double swoon.

Maria wears a Delpozo coat (€2,400) with a Delpozo headpiece
Maria wears a Delpozo coat (€2,400) with a Delpozo headpiece

Just six months ago, it was the Zimmermann label from Australia which created the serious talk at the BT bi-annual show, and the label is equally as covetable for AW17, with floaty, fluttering detailing in sheer fabrics.

Shelly Corkery, BT's fashion director, said an exaggerated shoulder-line was key this season.

"Harder to wear, but it cinches in the waist and gives you that amazing feminine shape," she said.

Áine wears a Roksanda dress (€2,070)
Áine wears a Roksanda dress (€2,070)

Irish Independent

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