February 15th, 2017
Libertine goes in hard on the sparkles for AW17.
I’ll bring you flowers in the pouring rain
…and drape them across my body from top to toe, climbing up my legs, emerging from my hip, and wrapped around my body. At Libertine’s AW17 show floral prints – among other things – were high on the agenda. From bold suits decorated with blue and red rose patterns to vintage inspired black opaque’s boasting pink designs, if you weren’t previously clued up on the season at hand, you could be forgiven for thinking the label had spring on the mind
Disco Kings and Queens
With a nod to London’s sequin king Ashish and the glitz of Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Strictly Ballroom’, Libertine’s Johnson Hartig produced a strong line-up of sparkling goods. Marrying typical sports aesthetics with night time glamour, the designer presented a mix of sequin smothered tracksuits and subtle frocks dolled up with exaggerated sequin sleeves; elsewhere rhinestones adorned tweed suits and images of Joan Collins, a sometime Studio 54 attendee, formed a repeat pattern print that dominated look 26.
Writing’s on the wall
And by wall we mean clothes; lots of clothes. From ‘Libertine’ branding to slogan fronted tops, a hedonistic vocabulary – think ‘party’, ‘neat’ and the like – made its way onto multiple pieces throughout the collection, primarily taking the form of the aforementioned sparkles and dotted all over otherwise formal outerwear. In contrast earlier looks debuted a rainbow coloured alphabet print.