The latest Vanessa Bruno spring/summer 2017 ready-to-wear collection was deceptively basic. She wanted to create a collection of clothes for a wide variety of women for a wide variety of vacation or resort possibilities.
At a glance, the easygoing silhouettes were staple silhouettes for any woman’s spring/summer wardrobe, but the more you look, the easier it becomes to appreciate the finer details that went into the construction of the designs. For instance, dresses that gracefully hung from the models’ bodies actually had the most structure at their core.
One of the most striking applications of this concept was in the multitude of ways Bruno used broderie anglaise in her collection. There’s nothing basic about that technique, especially in the ways she used it, but the resulting garments were so easygoing that it was almost difficult to appreciate. But if you did take the time to look close at details like that, the collection was absolutely incredible.
There’s nothing better than a line of clothes that’s so incredibly easy to wear while still having substantial design integrity below the surface. Bruno has a keen eye for editing, and showed great restraint in honing in her minimalistic design sensibilities without making things boring or too simple.
One of the major benefits in her having a design aesthetic like this is that there’s no real room to have “hit or miss” garments. Each was as versatile as the last, and has lovely merit to be worn time and time again without being overplayed; they are also timeless to begin with, so there’s a great chance these are great investment pieces for the future, since there’s never really going to be a time these silhouettes will go out of style.
The overwhelming resort undertones in the Vanessa Bruno spring 2017 line were beautiful, since the easygoing style played very well with the easy flow of vacationing. In her words, Bruno spoke of an abstract way of vacationing; she didn’t want to focus on one specific vacation destination, but instead offered her looks, which could translate well just about anywhere the wearer wished to travel.
T-shirt dresses, leather skirts, trenches, and even a sharp pantsuit were a part of the resort collection – it’s almost difficult to want to call it that, since many of the pieces were just so practical for daily life. The pantsuit, for instance, was an especially smart ensemble, and is a basic, staple piece for any working woman’s wardrobe. Her iteration was neither slouchy nor uptight, falling somewhere in the middle ground in the best sense.
One huge place, where her design was clearly geared toward resortwear, though, was in the jewelry. She created a series of charm necklaces, which were meant to resemble souvenirs that the women would have picked up on their travels. They seemed pretty standard, not sticking out at all, but they did add some depth of story to her line.
And the idea she wished to exemplify she stated in her own words in a missive. “Keep doing simple clothes for difficult girls.”
Photos courtesy of Vogue