How to pull off the most avant-garde trend of spring 2017

How to pull off the most avant-garde trend of spring 2017

Armed to impress

Text: Andrea Sim

Deconstructing the season's style statement for the experimental nonconformist

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We get that the single sleeve harness hardly leaves an alluring first impression. And trust us, we too, have many questions: Was it inspired by the cast commonly applied on fractured limbs? Perhaps it's a reference to Iron Man's bionic arm? What is it meant to do, really?

Saint Laurent SS17

Sent out on the most talked about runways of the season, it seems no coincidence that such an esoteric accessory would be part of some visionaries' collections. When it made an appearance on the show of a subversive designer like Yasuko Furuta — the left brain behind Japanese label Toga, which prides itself on colouring outside the lines — sure, we kind of, sort of get it, but Saint Laurent and Vetements? There's two surprises for you.

In the case of Anthony Vaccarello, a sequinned, puff sleeve rendition integral to the designer's vision for a post-Slimane Saint Laurent; a minimalistic '80s redux built upon the Yves bedrock of sex. Styled over a simplistic paper-thin tank top and cigarette-cut black trousers, the décolletage wears the spotlight (see above). Vetements SS17Toga SS17

The same can't be said for Demna Gvasalia and Furuta, both known for their wild interpretations of everyday garments. At Vetements, (true to the label's MO) a twist to the ordinary, and Toga, a mystifying mash of common design tropes. Respectively, they challenge the constraints of conventional silhouettes, predictable clothing constructions, and ultimately, of beauty.

Which brings us to our point, of how this very offbeat accessory can find its place in the pulse of a stylish nonconformist. À la sensual and sultry like Vaccarello, make it a black tie statement that elevates your floor-length toga dress into an outfit that's the toast of the town. Or in Vetements and Toga spirit, nothing less than a quiet proclamation if there was ever one, that one's style is a cut above everyone else's; a reflection of a distinctive personality in today's cookie cutter sartorial calendar. Whether paired with a streetwise oversized tee or a crisp, poplin blouse, the imagination is the limit with spring 2017's most avant-garde trend. It's yours for the taking.

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