Fall Fashion 2017
Left to right: Designs by Prada, Altuzarra, Carolina Herrera and Stella McCartney.
Continuing our three-part series on the Fall 2017 runway collections, here are four additional design houses for your consideration: Prada, Altuzarra, Carolina Herrera and Stella McCartney. Each has managed to deliver exciting new fashion pieces while remaining immediately recognizable to their signature style.
Top left; Designer Miuccia Prada after her Fall Collection 2017 runway show. The remaining photos are Prada looks from the Fall Collection 2017.
Miuccia Prada certainly captured our attention with her Fall 2017 Collection. Vibrant colors, multi-textures and tons of embellishments added up to fun. When it came to knitwear, rather than the usual sweater sets, Prada showed full knit outfits – pencil skirts with coordinating tops and cardigans. Embellishments of ostrich feathers, beads, crystal fringing and fur adorned everything from head-to-toe. Another look on Prada’s runway was a series of prints pulled from paperback novels of the ‘60s drawn by renowned illustrator Robert E. McGinnis.
Northern Renaissance paintings provided the inspiration for Joseph Altuzarra’s Fall 2017 Collection. “It was a time,” he said, “when people became interested in how they really looked.” A designer who always embraces detail, this season’s garments are no exception. Emphasizing luxurious fabrics and rich embellishments, a mink coat stitched with teardrop pearls was a standout. Successfully bringing the past into the present were a black velvet tuxedo with gold embroidery on the jacket and a shrunken red velvet pantsuit with rounded shoulders and cropped hem.
Carolina Herrera favors an uncomplicated silhouette, yet with every streamlined piece there’s are updated elements that set it apart from the standard issue. For example, take her signature crisp, white blouse. Fall 2017 shirts sport sashes, velvet ribbon accents, bows and pearl buttons. Long admired for her evening wear, the designs are elegant, feminine, beautifully tailored and wearer-friendly. Standouts include a pale pink crepe dress with a rose-gold sequined front that mimicked a long-sleeved tee and a navy velvet open-back gown with chiffon knotted at the neck.
At this point in her fashion career, McCartney has signature looks that she builds upon season after season. As a Central Saint Martins’ alum and time spent training with Edward Sexton of Savile Row, McCartney’s tailoring is at the core. The Fall 2017 silhouettes are nipped in at the waist and a tad oversized. Favorite items were pantsuits and the coatdress, hemmed well above the knee to flatter a bare-legged wearer. A woman designing for women, McCartney is equally at home with ultra-feminine lace dresses. Also, her equestrian leanings appeared as illustrations on garments.