MFW Day Three: Versace and Tod’s Fall/Winter 2017

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We wait with bated breath to find out if we’re about to lose one of fashion’s biggest legends: Donatella Versace. In the meantime, her rumored final show hit a high note at the Fall/Winter 2017 presentations at Milan Fashion Week, dictating a positive, inclusive message and a celebration of powerful women. By focusing on power suits with broad shoulders and sporty separates, Versace provided a wardrobe for the confident consumer, but the brand didn’t forget where it came from. At the finale, the brand’s signature slinkiness invaded the runway in sequined slip dress form, in keeping with a long-standing tradition of kitting out the well-heeled and body-conscious. It looks like inclusivity means something for everyone this time around.

It simply wouldn’t be a Tod’s collection without miles of luxurious leather transformed into handsome, wearable pieces for the modern woman — however, the brand’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection contained plenty of current touches. The mood this time was smart, even intellectual, with outfits that would satisfy even the snobbiest tastes. There were cinch-waist looks effected by corsets worn over classic trenches, leather trousers with foldover waists, color-blocked leather puffas and leather anoraks, leather moto suits, and even relaxed knitwear. All of these styles are in keeping with 2017 trends, but when worked by the talented craftspeople at Tod’s atelier, they take on an elevated look that just screams “status symbol!”

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