Dubbed the “Prophet of Futurism”, Thierry Mugler has always enchanted those who were attending his runway shows at Paris fashion Week with unique and sensual styles. For the Mugler spring/summer 2017 collection, Mugler’s new creative director David Koma abundantly drew inspiration from the anatomy of sharks, showing his obsession with sharks, “their danger and their beauty”. This was beautifully combined with Thierry Mugler’s signature styles, celebrating the Strasburg-born designer with a futuristic, athleisure-inspired collection that was nothing but sensuality at its purest.
David Koma, whose eponymous label usually gets its runway show at London Fashion Week, looked back at Mugler’s glorious past, using its reminiscences as the starting point for a more contemporary, even slightly street-wear inspired collection.
The Mugler spring/summer 2017 lineup might thus fairly be considered as standard Mugler, with the shapes and curves being accentuated by strict cuts and vibrant colors. Aside from the omnipresent black and metallic shades, Koma added bright pops or rich oranges that just reminded us of Thierry Mugler’s passion for color-blocking motifs, as they inevitably accentuated the silhouettes even more.
Like Mugler, Koma also focused on curve-hugging two-piece outfits, with either full or short sleeves. Cut-outs on the waists and chests emphasized the models’ hourglass figures, while structured shoulders and exaggerated puffed-up sleeves sculpted the bodies making the figures look even more futuristic.
Then, to keep up with the standard Mugler look, David Koma even added pointed angles here and there, creating an incredibly appealing contrast with the undulated hems of some of the designs.
With a 37-look collection predominantly composed of slinky evening dresses, the overall allure couldn’t, of course, exempt itself from exuding strong, confident sensual vibes, which instantly reminded us of the reason why it was Thierry Mugler the designer who created Demi Moore’s notorious black dress worn in Indecent Proposal.
Although paying an undeniable homage to the mansion’s founder, David Koma did add his distinctive touch to the designs, too. The most notable example is the fact that, throughout the collection, a few metallic pencil trousers got revisited in a more sporty-chic contemporary way, with boyfriend tees serving as the perfect match. A see-through, street wear-inspired material embellished the bon-ton white dresses, infusing them with a much needed haute couture look.
For his Mugler spring/summer 2017 collection, David Koma also played a lot with more easy-to-wear proposals, such as cute wrapped dresses and oversized varsity jackets. While Thierry Mugler liked to add only small touches of leather finishes, Koma opted for sleek frocks entirely made of leather, which ultimately treated us to a sort of new take on Mugler’s signature sensual style.
Stuck between the power of the familiar and the new, Koma managed to introduce entirely new ideas that we hope will keep on flourishing as the collections go by.
Photos courtesy of Vogue