Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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FAIRY TALE FRENZY
New York: Designers Shane Gabriel and Chris Peters continued to garner hype this season as a young New York line to watch. Since winning last year’s coveted CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award, the whimsical brand stayed on message for fall, delivering their signature wearable art with heaps of playful volume and creative fabric play. Inspired by Robert Kirk’s 1691 expose, “The Secret Commonwealth: Of Elves, Fauns and Fairies,” the duo interpreted the classic fantastical theme through a modern punky-meets-folksy lens. From a more literal standpoint, the fairy tale theme emerged through written quotes stitched onto sweaters, distressed leather, and silver French lace. Rainbow tweed and bursts of pink were leveled out with soft shades of minty seafoam while hand painting techniques gave the clothes an artisanal feel. Parading patchwork patterns, magical graphics, and intricate chiffons, Gabriel and Peters cultivated their unedited quirkiness into whimsical pieces that dared to go beyond conventional staples. – Shannon Davenport
Silhouette: A-line / Relaxed / Straight
Color: Mustard brown / Ultra Purple / Light seafoam / Black / Olive drab / Chartreuse / French rose / Slate / Electric red / Fluorescent yellow
Key Items: Box pleat skirt / Structured cape / Peacoat / Slip skirt / Cigarette pant / Tailored suit / Birthday cake tiered gown / Embroidered button-up shirt / Striped sweater / Midi skirt / Babydoll dress
Materials: Mohair / Leather / Tweed / Hand painted French lace/ Striped wool / Chiffon / Taffeta
Print + Pattern: Rugby stripe / Scottish plaid / Conversational / Wallpaper floral / Script
Details + Trim: Box pleats / Piecing / Contrast plackets / Creasing / Embroidery / Swaroski crystals / Exposed zippers / Floral applique / Pompoms
Accessories + Footwear: Lace-up metallic ballet slipper / Pointy-toed ankle boot / Gladiator Mary Jane / Bowler hat
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