Darren Kennedy: Bow couture
Get tied into the season's elegant trend, says our fashion guru.
TAKE A BOW
I've extolled the virtues of the pussy bow on numerous occasions in this column so it seems like a natural progression that the conversation should now turn to bows. Bows are taking on a life of their own for autumn/winter: I guess they are what you'd call a microtrend but there's nothing micro about their impact. This year, bows are oversized, dramatic and, more often than not, imposing. At Marchesa - where a major nod was given to the grand opulence of Imperial China - '50s-style oversized bows added a sense of excitement and fun to an outstanding collection.
The Parisian house Rochas, meanwhile, stacked them on coats and blouses to great effect, while at MSGM they were given the graphic and floral treatment on shirts, for a very modern take on the trend. Ostentatiously large bows will continue into spring 2018 too, if the catwalk of Philipp Plein is anything to go by.
Oversized, dramatic bows on dresses, coats and tops might be a nice idea but in reality they don’t prove to be the most practical. Instead, opt for bow detailing on sleeves, hemlines and footwear.
ONE FOR THE BOYS
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