The Room Fall 2017: Embrace the Feminine
Embellishment, ruffles, and decadent materials are big news on and off the red carpet.
Now that the Toronto International Film Festival is upon us, all eyes are on the crowd of visiting A-list celebrities as they attend screenings and fêtes around Toronto. While they walk the red carpet, the city is buzzing with parties whose guests are equally decked out in camera-ready styles that are unabashedly pretty.
Fall’s boldly feminine evening wear will ensure you stand out against the step and repeat. And when a garment has so much spirit in its design, a refreshing approach to getting dressed is to let spontaneity rule. “I don’t really think about it until that day. Then I pick something in the moment depending on how I’m feeling, never taking it seriously,” says Stacey Jordan Cook (@staceyjordan01), owner of the Jordan Group of Companies, about her soiree style, which is lauded in numerous “best dressed” articles.
What evening look will speak to you? Balmain (above) symbolizes a special type of uber-glamour that broadcasts confidence and often features head-turning amounts of hand-sewn embellishment. This season, rather than celebrating excess for its own sake, Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing told The New York Times the collection is an homage to “the natural beauty, shape and strength of every woman.”
Elements of romantic Victoriana were all over Fall’s runways, and Erdem (shown at top), for whom English garden party florals are part of his brand’s DNA, took the trend in an interesting direction by exploring his Turkish roots. The “most beautiful of all the cross-pollinations [of Turkish and English influences] was the meld of English flowers and Islamic miniature painting, which created a patchwork of prints on lovely silk velvet dresses,” wrote Vogue’s Sarah Mower.
Vivid monochromatic dresses are having a moment this season and have been interpreted by each fashion house according to their vision. Oscar de la Renta’s body-conscious delight in neon yellow seems to defy gravity in its ethereality, and Giambattista Valli’s ruffle-adorned confections are “sophisticated and sexy all at the same time and fit right into Valli’s sensual vision,” according to Vogue’s Chioma Nnadi. Giuseppe Zanotti has created the perfect finishing frill to a solid colour look in a stiletto bootie with wide velvet ribbon laced through oversized grommets.
Whether you carefully craft a look for your fall events or follow Stacey Jordan’s lead and let the clothing speak to you in the moment, this season is the right time to explore embellishment and celebrate all that is soft and delicate. Your entrance is going to be gorgeous.