Get Chic Structure into Your Outfit

23rd November, 2015

Get Chic Structure into Your Outfit

As we’re coming towards the end of 2015 we’re beginning to look back on our favourite high fashion collections of the year and just had to talk about one haute couture trend in particular that caught our eye; extreme structure. Although strong tailoring was used by many designers this year, two that pushed the theme to its limits were Vivienne Westwood and Junya Watanabe.

Vivienne Westwood

We’re used to seeing an extravagant and mesmerising combination of structure and style in Vivienne Westwood’s collections, but her AW15 Gold Label collection really pushed structured tailoring to the extreme. She used oversized, bulky blazers and trousers to create angular, boxy silhouettes, but also played with the hourglass shape by adding extreme tailoring to some of her jackets and dresses to widen hips and shoulders.

Get Chic Structure into Your Outfit

Junya Watanabe

At his Paris show earlier this year Japanese designer Junya Watanabe showcased an incredible collection that appeared to be heavily inspired by origami. Fabric was cleverly manipulated to look folded like paper in order to create pyramid and honeycomb shapes and incredible amounts of volume. Like Westwood’s Gold Label, hips and shoulders were heavily accentuated with Watanabe’s clever use of structure in order to create extreme and very powerful silhouettes.

How to get the look

A peplum dress is one of the easiest ways to incorporate some structure into your outfit and play around with your silhouette. Peplums have been big for several years now, but rather than the standard ruffle around the waist we’re currently seeing some more complex origami-style peplums around.

We created the Pascal Tailored Mini Dress with these trends in mind; this elegant structured black peplum dress has an asymmetrical peplum which falls down the front of the dress in a waterfall style. With a structured high collar and cut-out plunge neckline, the waterfall adds a little softness to what is otherwise a highly tailored dress. It accentuates the hourglass silhouette yet is much more wearable than the runway designs of Watanabe and Westwood; perfect for black tie events or sophisticated soirees.