Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: Although Nicholl’s tenure as Creative Director of Cerruti was more short than sweet, the experience left the designer with a renewed appreciation for form and function. Nicholl referenced the opulence, ease, and freedom of the 1920s and focused on fluid, drop-waisted shapes with a sporty edge. Vintage cycling-inspired knits were embellished with the Latin names of rare moth species spelled out in Swarovski crystals. The silhouette was loose but lean. Bi-level dresses and trousers with attached tails that swept to the floor (an emerging design detail this season) served to elongate the body. Parka-style coats executed in quilted satin were gathered by drawstrings and lined in gold metallics for ruffled collars that framed the face. Iridescent textures in insect-like shades of black and navy decorated some looks (appropriately so – real insect wings were sometimes sewn onto dresses of the 1920s to achieve a similar shimmering look). The use of sheer inserts and almost transparent throw-overs kept everything sensuous but not precious.
Color: White / Cream / Taupe / Acid green / Copper / Dusk / Navy / Petrol
Key Items: Elongated sweatshirts with floating tails / Bi-level dresses / Loose straight-cut trousers / Harem trousers / Oversized sweatshirts in luxurious fabrics
Materials: Hurel velvets / Merino wools / Chiffon / Satin / Iridescent fabrics / Silk jersey
Print + Pattern: Embroidered swarovski lettering / Quilted fabrics
Details + Trim: Batwing Sleeves / Floating tails / Bi-level skirts / Dropped waists / Metallic lining
Accessories + Footwear: 1920s style T-strap high heels with open toes
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