May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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A WINTER’S TALE
London: One can always expect elegantly draped dresses and compelling abstract prints from a Maria Grachvogel show, and this season’s offering, with its wintry imagery, did not disappoint. The designer opened her collection with a range of monochromatic looks, which included the aforementioned dresses, her signature slouchy pants, and boxy tops. The marigold and oxblood tones that were used looked rich and sophisticated. Grachvogel then introduced one of her motifs for the season, an overlapped print featuring tiny dry-looking leaves. She played with mirror images in some of the later looks, while others featured more impactful, graphic shapes that may have been inspired by fractured ice. Her finale ensembles were marked with large-scale images depicting leafless trees. The bare trees, dried leaves, and ice images projected a poetic interpretation of winter and made for some beautiful clothes. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Slouchy / Asymmetrical / Columnar / Hourglass / A-line
Color: Marigold / Oxblood / Black / Sepia / White / Taupe / Royal blue / Bottle green
Key Items: Draped dresses / Wide-leg trousers / Printed separates / Boxy tops
Materials: Matte crepe / Printed silks / Chiffon / Organza / Firm wool suitings / Glossy satin / Shearling / Wool jacquard
Print + Pattern: Overlapping dried leaves / Abstract cracked ice / Bare trees / Jacquard florals
Details + Trim: Funnel necks / Draping and gathering / Peplums / Self-belts / High-low hemlines
Accessories + Footwear: Platform ankle boots
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