“It had to be about music this season,” said Olivier Rousteing, who was thinking about the deaths of so many pop greats in 2016. “For as long as I can remember, music and fashion have been completely intertwined. I cannot conceive of one without a full helping of the other,” he added.
Showcasing both Fall 2017 Menswear and Pre-Fall 2017 Womenswear, the collection was an eclectic mix of gender fluid outfits. Perfected by Prince and George Michael, Rousteing paid tribute to rockstars who challenged conventional standards and gender norms by pairing hyper-masculine and eye-catching outfits with that DGAF (Dont Give A Fuck) attitude.
The collection is all about “music meets couture”, explains Rousteing. He cleverly marries classic streetwear with ultra-luxurious motifs and the last thing these outfits were going to do was blend into the background.
Tailored jackets and moto pants accompanied draped knitwear while a rocky undertone came through in snakeskin leathers, studded bombers dripping in jewels and oversized bikers. Proportions were exaggerated by layered shearlings and quilted robes and intricate golden embroidery gave an almost regal tone to the explosive collection.
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