Francesca Liberatore catwalk show report A/W 2015 for NYFWFashion WeekAW15
For her second season showing at New York Fashion Week, Italian designer Francesca Liberatore matched this season’s sporty trends with an athlete-chic collection. However, unlike the sneaker-ridden, letterman jacket-toting looks we’ve seen walk the runway as of recent, Liberatore played with the athleticism of Olympia. Duffel bags were swapped for crested shields, and running shoes were switched out for leather, second skin flats. Geometric cut-outs and seaming were reminiscent of Greek armor, and the use of fur enhanced these shapes.
Typical athletic wear like the hoodie, running tights, and knit tops were brought to life with graphic textiles and stripes. These looks were contrasted with loose, flowing dresses and tops that evoked an ease of movement. Other ready-to-wear items like pants, sweaters, skirts, and coats followed in this leg of comfortable fit. Pants were cut with a wide leg, skirts were short and hung low on the waist, and sweaters featured lacing details similar to that of running shoes.
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A particularly successful element of this collection was the bold use of color and printed fabrics. The silhouette of two horses, featured on the crested shields, was also integrated in an utterly cool print, complete with patriotic stars and stripes. The primary colors of red, blue, and yellow were paired with futuristic neutrals black, grey, and silver. This resulted in a contemporary and fresh take on this season’s sporty trend. Liberatore’s combination of past and present conveyed a youthful future for fall. One we simply can’t wait to jump, or perhaps run, right into.