Schiaparelli Prêt-à-Couture Fall/Winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection is a mix of classic and fantasy. Check out the gallery, details & read our review!
Schiaparelli Prêt-à-Couture Fall Winter 2016-2017 collection is inspired by Elsa Schiaparelli herself – elegant and yet quirky, cosmopolitan yet superstitious. The collection picks out wardrobe essentials that can go from the boardroom to coffee shop, sidewalk to the red carpet with slight changes in pairing and accessorization.
The key pieces include three types of pants – cigarette pants, flared pants and tailored culottes – all black. Blouses and cashmere sweaters make it feel more relaxed, and tailored jackets add a touch of formality. A skirt or two, and button-up shirts are thrown into the mix.
Their persona comes not just from the cut and style, but also from the motifs. Inspired by exotic places like Peru and Vendôme, the motifs are designed as surrealistic objects that introduce esoteric symbolism. The motifs include winged padlocks, eyes, pierced hearts, and what the collection description describes poetically as “embellished with a shadow of embroidery” of suns and padlocks. Mixed with the classy black pieces, this is one of my favorite collections ever from the fashion house.
The color palette is mostly black, and some white, navy, robin blue and a shocking neon pink, which is described perfectly by Elsa Schiaparelli in Shocking Life:
The colour flashed in front of my eyes. Bright, impossible, impudent, becoming, life giving, like all the lights and the birds and the fish in the world put together, a colour of China and Peru but not of the West – A shocking colour, pure and undiluted.”
Elsa Schiaparelli, Shocking Life, 1954
My favorite look is certainly the one that introduces the skinny neon pink boots:
I also love the structured culottes and a pattern crop jacket:
The makeup is a bold every night look – plump classic red lips paired with a silver and black eyeshadow palette:
Accessories include ankle strap pumps and knee-high boots with one-eye face cut-out motif:
And medium-sized shoulder chain bags, clutch and large shoulder bag.
Schiaparelli Prêt-à-Couture Fall/Winter 2016-17 Collection: Gallery
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