The Rise of Deconstructed Silhouettes

Refresh your wardrobe by revamping old faithfuls

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Words by Emma Connell
February 1st, 2017

As we observe the flood of trends coming at us for spring, one in particular has caught our attention; Deconstruction. While catwalk collections are usually inspirational rather than wearable, this spring brought about change with classic workwear pieces in particular being replaced by experimental designs, bringing us a refreshing update on popular silhouettes.

Jackets, tops and time-honoured shirts were at the forefront of these re-arrangements, making reliable styles more interesting with the help of minor twists and key alterations. Marni offered excessive fabrics, oversized silhouettes and long sleeves in neutral hues, while Monse honed in on poplin shirts, utilitarian styles and classic pinstripe being reworked into unique silhouettes, providing onlookers with a collection of wonders.

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Monse SS17
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Vetements SS17
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Ann Demeulemeester SS17
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Parsons MFA SS17
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Designers from Parsons MFA and Joseph created ordinary silhouettes out of mix-matched fabrics giving the clothes an interesting dimension. Jackets were worn in unconventional ways, contrasting that of classical styles. DKNY paraded colourful fabrics with miscellaneous cut-outs bringing about a sporty change of deconstruction. Unfinished seams and vivid colours made an eye-catching show at Maison Margiela. Ann Demeulemeester and Alexander Wang demonstrated beautiful asymmetry with familiar cold shoulders in crisp alabaster hues.

Over the past year, we have seen designers edge towards androgyny for their collections, echoing that of a new genderless society. As a result, it is no surprise that oversized shirts and looser silhouettes have been flung into the spotlight with refreshed customisation proving to trump the majority of the catwalk elite. Sporadic amounts of deconstruction can be seen amongst the high street retailers like Topshop Boutique, Zara and H&M for the coming season, leading us to believe that this trend will be even bigger forthcoming. Watch this space!

Browse our edit of deconstructed silhouettes to refresh your wardrobe this season.

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