For its fall/winter 2016 line, Desigual celebrated the increasing multicultural and global nature of the fashion industry. To pull off this goal and portray the message, the Spanish brand took inspiration from places all around the world and made sure the different cultures referenced were clear. The runway featured models smiling as they walked down the runway, which can be a great moment on a fashion stage, especially of this level. It never fails to add an element of fun and excitement to the otherwise serious catwalk, making the energy higher for the apparel and the audience alike. A smile can always lighten things up and make the clothes stand out from other shows.
The clothes themselves were diverse, and headwear was a common theme to show the different sources of inspiration. Most notably, some many of the looks were shown with accompanying turbans adorned with embroidery. Desigual is well known for using prints and patterns, which often looks great but dominates the other aspects of the apparel on the runway, but since this particular collection was so deeply rooted in culture, the patterns seemed meaningful, and were especially tremendous. The color palette stuck pretty closely to dark colors, with reds, purples, and greens playing against the staple black, but there were also some surprise pops of denim interspersed throughout.
The Desigual fall/winter 2016-2017 collection stayed true to the colder seasons with its silhouettes, and the outerwear seemed to be both fashionable and practical, so overall there are perfect head-to-toe looks for the coming season from Desigual. Some pieces more than others make it so easy to get excited for fall fashion and the joy of layering garments. A simple red and black coat managed to be both basic and exciting, since there are so many opportunities for the one garment within a woman’s wardrobe. A simple black cape was also a basic, fun piece for the fall/winter line, especially as we’re seeing that as a more common trend on the street in recent fall seasons.
Velvet and fur were two common fabrics on the brand’s runway, with some instances like a bright yellow fur segment to a patterned dress seeming a little overdone. So although the fabrics work well for the season, they seemed a little forced at times.
The final pieces in this collection were the most striking, as they showed off the power Desigual can give to its prints. The vibrant colored pieces were based with a striking red, and the long-sleeved dress in particular was stunning, as it was youthful and fun without showing too much skin – a must for any woman’s wardrobe.
Multiculturalism has been a huge issue in the fashion industry lately, but Desigual’s take on the matter seems to be a very successful take on the matter. It is not likely many critics will take issue with the execution of the diversity, as it is pretty clearly embracing it, rather than just trying to fit in by adding more diversity, as has been the issue with other designers recently. So it’s always nice to see a designer sticking to their inspirations, while still promoting such a meaningful issue.
Photos courtesy of Vogue