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Show Report: Courrèges S/S 17 Womenswear

by Lucy Norris on 29 September 2016

Lucy Norris reports on the Courrèges S/S 17 womenswear show.

Lucy Norris reports on the Courrèges S/S 17 womenswear show.

Courrèges S/S 17 Womenswear

When Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant first started at this house, their vision was to create a life set in squares. Similar to fashion's favourite image sharing platform, they wanted to create a component wardrobe full of building blocks.  

This collection saw the duo continue to dualistically master a timeless but au courant style. Retro futurism - and Courreges - holds a special place in the hearts and minds of both the history books and the now. 

This season, forever suede trenches and bombers extended the outerwear category. Some super fun patchworked jackets had the name Courreges printed across the shoulders. Surely the most fashionista of brand logos, it is a name known to so many in the world – yet currently talking to a very contained audience.

Yellow-lensed glasses also tapped into the LSD scene, and the counter-culture creativity it helped fuel.

There was a slight bend to this collection. Curved heels saw the female form thrown back - whilst trapeze shaped tops and boot cut trousers saw the form lean forward. This Cristobel Balenciaga style of pushing and pulling looked a little uncomfortable in places, as some of the higher heels understandably weren’t working for all of the girls. 

The design duo's squares were here in the sheer plastic gridlocked fabrics, which held the trapeze shape in place, and provided structured scaffolding for skin tight t-shirts. A fun cropped top with silver embellishments reminded one of when Miuccia Prada took inspiration from the Courreges archive, for Miu Miu A/W 10.

Trousers were the main go-to here. Split and flared, a black and white striped suit - complete with matching little capelet jackets - saw this brand dip its toe into the tipping point of where Sixties utopia lost out to drop out dandyism. Yellow-lensed glasses also tapped into the LSD scene, and the counter-culture creativity it helped fuel. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the illegalisation of this 'life altering' drug. Sequin pants were also the perfect item within which to also dance your cares away - on a Seventies disco dance floor, made up of squares…

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