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Cultural Stories and Spring Trends at Francesca Liberatore S/S18

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Faith Zwicker

As the time increasingly approached nine am on this past Sunday morning, people flooded inside to find their seat in a packed gallery at Skylight Clarkson Square for the Francesca Liberatore spring/summer 2018 show. The collection was by far the best from Liberatore to date, consisting of 41 looks inspired by a range of cultural topics including: Antoinette’s France, the Middle East, and rural America. Many major trends for the spring season were spotted intertwined within the cultural narrative at Liberatore.

Models were sent down the runway with hair that brought to mind a modern Marie Antoinette, with volume in the front that was then pulled back into a sleek ponytail. Many of the dresses were fitted with a tight band of fabric at the waist, alluding to the victorian style of dress. One dress even had ruffled layers added under the waistband to create fullness at the skirt. Antoinette was once again channelled for the final look, a sheer black dress with metallic appliqu├ęs and extra bulk added below the waist. Muted plaids brought to mind the classic perception of rural America and complex, colorful, geometric designs were reminiscent of the middle east. 

The collection included many trends for the upcoming spring summer season including, plaid patterns, sheer lace details, and a muted color pallet. Five different versions of classic plaid were used in shades of muted green, violet blue, or light lilac, and in a variety of different garments including, dresses, pants, tops, vests, and a suit jacket. Sheer lace details are one of the top trends being spotted across spring summer runways this season in New York, and Liberatore was able to seamlessly integrate this throughout a collection that crossed many different cultures. The overall color tone of the collection was surprising, but refreshing for S/S 2018, especially with other runways featuring pops of bright pink.

Overall, the collection was a true testament to the world we live in, symbolizing a mashing of different cultures and times – and the beauty seen throughout. Liberatore truly told a story of this beauty through her use of a more subdued color palette and simple silhouettes.

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