Ann-Sofie Back is probably one of the only designer in the world who could convince me to wear shoulder pads.
Once again Back shows that she’s just a bit smarter than everyone else. Instead of raging against (or with?) the machine her collection also recalls an 80s inpired detail: the shoulder pad. And while shoulders with height and dimension aren’t just an 80s fad (see any history of costume) this detail really worked with the neutral palette of black, white and gray and punctuated colors pink and deep purple.
Structure dominated the show, be in it her execution or in her use of the body. Dresses hugged the body with tight, formulated shoulders with elogated slits that hightlight the thigh and leg producing a simple sex appeal. Skirts that almost look like wraparound fare have fabric extenions that don’t gather in a traditional feminine style but rather drape (flap?) downwards in a geometric pattern. Again, while her colleagues used beading, sequins and other appliques Back took a different route, and appears to have almost exaggerated the sequin on a standout dress and little cropped jacket– again, reinforcing a certain structure and geometry.
And like any good architect Back included a bit of precaution– check out the knee pads under the tights. Seriously funny and fabulous; who could ask for more.– Joanne Molina, Senior EditorSee the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40
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