The designers behind Creatures of the Wind, Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters presented their new fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection and they have somehow managed to stay unique both with their designs and the venue. Together with all the hardships of organizing a decent fashion show, we have already discussed the importance and also the challenge of finding the perfect venue. This season the designers went for a location you would never guess from the first time… and even the third time.
The collection, which was named “Knife” (and we’ll get to this soon), was debuted at the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York. The venue is located in Manhattan and was decorated with a splendid maroon carpet that enhanced the refined elegance of the upcoming designs.
Back to the name, there are no mysterious and hidden meanings behind the name. Knife, an everyday object everyone owns in their kitchen, yet it is so often elevated into an artistic and design forms.
“We looked at a lot of our favorite objects and graphic designers,” Shane Gabier told WWD backstage, mentioning graphic designers Carl Aubock, Charles and Ray Eames and Ikko Tanaka as the sources for their inspiration. Gabier gave special attention to Tanaka who, he said, “approached modernism with these very graphic shapes, but always with this round, soft edge.”
And that’s what the lines, shapes, and color blocking of the Knife collection are all about; a combination of graphic edges co-existing with the softness of the silhouettes and the airy sleeves. As for the designs, plain and clean cuts are two of the most prominent features that come to mind, but in a very elegant and mature way. These are garments with a right amount of luxury and sophistication.
Think high-waist and knee-length skirts paired with blouses that add an ounce of flirt to the look. There are pieces that particularly stood out, one of them being the roughly constructed black leather dress glowing underneath the beautiful camel-colored coat with exquisite embroidery on the collars. Another alternative offers the same leather design in deep red.
Noble necklines, cuts that leave you craving for more, and a variety of prints, lace, applique, and fur… all in Knife. A lot of A-lines and loose fit, expect to cover most of the tempting skin and work with your body language. Many of the looks were styled with ankle boots or full-knee boots, the red leather boots deserving a special mention.
As if the designs were not modest enough, the color palette was overwhelmed with grey, with additional colors like black, red, blue, beige and brown. Some may claim the Creatures of the Wind fall 2016 collection is not edgy, while we would insist there is a sense of edginess in the mature spirit of the garments. At first sight, you might expect ladies above their 40s purchasing these outfits, but think again… romantic conservatism can sometimes be sexier than a deep V-neck… of course, only if you know how to rock it.
Photos courtesy of Vogue