Dec 13, 2017 | By Sandra Halliday
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London: Promising newcomer Hannah Marshall is known for her edgy, goth-inspired aesthetic, but this season the designer explored a softer side, introducing pale tones like dove grey, white and light blue, as well as lightweight sheers for tops and long, slim dresses. Marshall didn’t abandon her signature black, but the soft fabrics made even the dark tone feel feminine and alluring rather than aggressive. Classic pieces like slim trousers, pencil skirts and button-up shirts gave the collection a ladylike appeal, though her strong-shouldered blazers returned, making for a tougher silhouette. The designer closed the show with plays on fabric manipulation, folding and pressing material into dimensional pleats for an origami-like look. The most successful versions were placed at the neckline, framing the face. Marshall proved her versatility with this collection, and this softer side suits her well.
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