Wednesday, 12 October 2016

SS17 Trend Report - Bell Sleeves

Whilst this cut has been around for the past couple of seasons, Bell Sleeves made their strongest sartorial statement to date on the S/S 17 runway. Seen at the likes of Burberry, Ashley Williams, and Simone Rocha, such silhouettes have been translated through to blouses, knitwear and dresses. In previous seasons bell sleeves were typically seen on the wrists and made for oversized sleeves which completely covered the wearers hands, however for S/S 17 they start higher up on the arm. What is great about the reinvention of bell sleeves for Spring is that given the fact they are closer to the top part of your arms they are a practical and yet trend driven wearable daytime look. Over at Burberry ribbed knitwear reigned supreme whereas David Koma took this trend one step further and combined bell sleeves with off-the-shoulder dresses, creating a hybrid of two major trends. There is something rather architectural about bell sleeves, adding an element of drama to a look by taking on a sculptural form. The full-on volume of the sleeves means that you can keep the rest of your outfit fairly classic. Balance out proportions by styling with a pair of cropped flares or an asymmetric midi skirt. In the process of putting together this post, the work of the artist Isamu Noguchi instantly sprung to mind. His light sculptures reminded me very much of Burberry's pullover knitwear, as did the work of Pierre Cardin.

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