The Mood

Laid-Back Luxury

Luxury is not all about tight dresses, shiny sequins and marvellous stilettos. Craftsmanship, delicate fabrics and well-cut pieces are at the forefront of the opulence trend, with a comfy vibe and an athleisure-inspired touch. 

by Karin Cuppens

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Seen on the runway

This season, embrace comfort and ease by opting for one of these silhouettes shown on the AW17 runways. Marc Jacobs dressed his models in elegant wide-legged trousers paired with a chunky knit and topped off with shoes that are made for walking. The high neck and tracksuit stripes ooze a urban outdoor feeling in accordance with the season's autumnal pastimes. On the other side of the athleisure spectrum, there was Dion Lee showing full-on velvet ensembles, complete with oversized puffer jackets, black sporty hoodies and fur slippers. The blue colour of the opulent fabric embodied a dazzling state of luxury. Chloé designed tracksuit trousers with multiple colours and a real athletic feel due to the cut and the elastic belt. The look was completed with a short jacket and a pair of heels. All in the spirit of sporty chic.
From left: Dion Lee, Chloé, Marc Jacobs

Translated to the streets

 On a different styling note, a distinct hint of laid-back allure roamed the streets. Wide-legged trousers were paired with style-savvy sneakers while studded accent pieces punctuated the fuss-free allure. The acclaimed tracksuit-inspired trend took a right turn as velvet materials boasted unabashed blocks of colours. And while it was drawstring waists that tied in the look, lateral stripes truly reigned. All-black silhouettes were complemented with crisp whites, while a sassy triumvirate donned red trousers. Paired with a high heel, the look proved to be a perfect blend of class and comfort. With a light nod to the fanny pack’s Nineties heyday, Gucci took a couture approach to the long-gone staple, updating everything from maxi dresses to fitted suits with the waist-cinching hold-all.
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