Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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FABRIC & MATERIALS
L to R: Roksanda Ilinic, Marios Schwab, Nathan Jenden, Paul Smith
The tactile nature of fall garments was at the forefront of London designers’ minds. A shift away from the exclusive use of traditional fabrics created an added value to each piece. Panne velvet appeared like liquid mercury, draping the body on long sleeved dresses with lace insets. The mixing of materials, like lace and velvet provided, diversity to each look. Reinforced satin created stiffness for molded dresses that sat away from the body. Seen in high shine neutrals, satin looked luxurious. Slashes and rips on felted wool manipulated garments to lay on the body in an erratic manner. These new frays provided uniqueness to individual garments. Military-influenced jackets and outerwear featured passimenterie details on button closures. Wool sheath dresses in khaki matched perfectly with the same surface interest.
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