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Nothing says vintage better than an electric guitar playing smoothly in the background as models walk, swaying in velvet and fringe. Did someone say Francesca Liberatore?
Walking into the the footsteps of fashion, literally, Liberatore founded her self-titled label in 2009, after working for Viktor & Rolf, Jean Paul Gaultier and Brioni. According to NYFW.com, Her work has earned her such honors and recognitions such as Italy’s prestigious Next Generation competition, and work installed in the Museo della Permanente in Milan and the Edieuropa Gallery in Rome.
The runway show featured classic vintage wardrobe staples: velvet, fringe, lace, stripes, and knee high combat boots. Now, reading this, you’re probably thinking that those combinations together do not work. But, the genius in fashion is that there are not set rules to creating unique styles that reflect the designers vision, and the demand of customers. Liberatore paired the modern day styles with timeless favorites. Deep V-cut jumpsuits and strapless dresses to royal blue velvets, and trendy two-pieces had the 70s and 90s collided in an unexpected yet wearable multicolored crop top, and turtlenecks. It’s a fashion heaven.
Some looks even took metallics to the next level — a gold trench coat inspired piece battled it out for metallic gray skinny jeans which paired well with a graphic tee, and a velvet fur combination jacket.
According to the official Liberatore website, the designs are influenced by two Hyde Parks: Hyde Park, London in the 90’s with a nod to super band Oasis and Hyde Park, New York to the library and home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. All of the Fall/Winter 2017/2018 looks can be seen here.
The collection showcased the edginess of pewter, royalty of purples and blues, fierceness of blood orange, and are softened by shades of lavender and pink.
Each individual outfit complimented the next on the runway. From the color scheme down to the stitching, Francesca Liberatore successfully captured a hybrid of Hyde Park meets New York Fashion Week.