Weight on your shoulders

Posted by in on Mar 04, 2013 . 0 Comments.

 

Off the shoulder, embellished, capped, bare, rounded, squared…we’ve seen them all this season.  The fashion capitals’ designers uniformly decide to pay attention to the shoulder by removing or adding more fabric to them – and with each, altering the silhouette completely.

Round cocooning shoulders are popular as we’ve noted; they’ve come in the shapes of dresses, jumpers and coats – making quite a powerful statement. London designer Christopher Kane emphasized them with graffiti print that stops at the elbow whilst Victoria Beckham over at NYFW offered a clean look. The look was a working city woman whose wardrobe transforms into evening wear with zero effort, we spotted some bare shoulders and some ‘squoval’ (square and oval, thank me later) and she still managed to maintain a feminine silhouette.

Prabal Gurung went for a ragged/tough chic look with cutout shoulders on chunky knitwear, as if the knee-high Robocop-y boots weren’t intimidating alone.

In Paris, Alexander Wang followed the shoulder emphasis protocol and gave us slits with an open back, gearing towards a more romantic approach with lengthy dresses. Speaking of romance, Bottega Veneta’s girls modeled very 1940s outfits (see The Notebook and Pearl Harbor costumes), with ruffles and lots of volume on the shoulders.

At Balmain, (and as of now we shall officially call it ‘The house of power dressing’) the shoulders were square, sharp and masculine. Strong shoulders have been a running theme since Decarnin’s SS09 collection and current creative director; Olivier Rousteing is still following the tradition. For this winter he has made the waist smaller, shoulders bigger, and sharper. How to incorporate it into your everyday wardrobe? The points of reference are Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, and Victoria Beckham.

 

 

 

 

 

Images | Style.com

 

Tags: Christopher Kane, Fashion, Bottega Veneta, Balmain, Victoria Beckham, Last update: Mar 20, 2013

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