May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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THE FUTURE OF MINIMALISM
Paris: With clean, angular lines and techy materials, Portuguese designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista presented his futuristic take on minimalism for fall. Shoulders were the focal point, with dropped seams or extended shoulders helping to create the architectural silhouettes. Double-faced wool crepe, bonded leather, and an iridescent coated organza facilitated the shapes. Engineered knits also made an appearance in the form of slim raglan-sleeved sweaters and a dropped-shouldered dress. Contrasting with the controlled character of the designs, the prints were all about wildness and nature. Close-up photorealistic images of owls, wolves, cheetahs, and lightning added a poetic sense of freedom and ferocity to the offering. The aviator caps with which many of the looks were styled conjured a modern-day Amelia Earhart and helped to associate the looks with innovation and bravery. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Extended shoulders / Dropped shoulders / A-line / Cylindrical
Color: Black / Cobalt / Teal / Navy / Charcoal / Slate / Peach / Muted yellow / Honey
Key Items: Angular woven tees / Broad-shouldered coats / Engineered sweaters / Slim cropped pants / A-line midi skirts / Iridescent printed dresses
Materials: Wool suitings with a sheen / Double-faced crepe / Bonded leather / Engineered knits / Techy iridescent coated organza
Print + Pattern: Photorealistic owls and wolves / Blurry tulip fields / Lightning / Lizard markings
Details + Trim: Extended shoulders / Dropped shoulders / Self-belts / Double-breasted closures / High slits
Accessories + Footwear: Aviator caps / Minimal medium-width belts / Platform mid-calf boots / Platform pumps
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