On the autumn/winter 2017 runways, designers showcased a fun and innovative way of experimenting with different textures and pattern combinations. For his debut collection at Marni
, creative director Francesco Risso sent models down the runway in an immense variety of mixed ensembles. From lace bodices combined with a plush skirt to delicate dresses paired with oversized, fluffy, goat fur coats or silk skirts and faux fur stoles, the new approach to textures and materials seemed endless. While some may question the new designer's lack of direction, the energy and desire to display something different were patently present. At Calvin Klein, Belgian creative director Raf Simons took a more practical approach on texture combinations and layered see-through plastic - the kind that reminds you of your grandmother's couch - over everything. While some may have to get used to these plastic cover-ups over their coats, tops, skirts and dresses, the idea holds an intriguing and weather-proof aspect that almost everyone will warm up to eventually. Prada
was the undoubted epitome of clashing prints and mixing textures. Feather trims were added to hemlines, fabrics were patterned and embroidered, and leathers were successfully mixed with wool knits. The overall effect created a nostalgic image infused with youthful and glamorous elements perfect for the streets.