The Mood

Midi Fever

The midi skirt. Probably one of the more controversial hemlines in the history of fashion. Yet, designers such as Victoria Beckham, Fendi, Rochas, Gucci and Dries Van Noten are gladly taking a step, for AW17, towards the 'in-between' skirt length that revolutionised the way women dressed decades ago.

by Karin Cuppens

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Seen on the runway

Coco Chanel urged women to 'live a little' by showing their ankles in the Twenties. Nowadays, the midi skirt also oozes a party vibe. With glitzy sequins, bold patterns and alluring splits, the over-the-knee garment sheds its 'good-girl' feel and is a style to master. For AW17, Tibi showed a dark blue striped example with a surprising side pocket and white detailing. Combining this skirt with a patterned shirt makes it the ultimate power look. On the other side of the spectrum, there is Givenchy, who set their presentation on fire with a fierce red midi skirt that will steal the show on any occasion. Louise Trotter made way for a bell skirt that flowed gracefully thanks to the movement of the model strutting confidently down the runway. The combination of the somewhat conservative beige hue with an oversized knit design was one of the more surprising looks this season. Different textures of the midi skirt are also worth investing this autumn: feathers, leather, silk, wool,... No material was left behind in the transformation into a seasonal garment. Salvatore Ferragamo designed a delicate silk midi skirt with a sensual split that is bound to turn heads. The epitome of feminine luxury.
From left: Dries Van Noten, Tibi, Joseph

Translated to the street

 When it comes to the midi skirt, there are no rules. Even if, in the Sixties, women fought for their right to wear a mini version, it is equally your right to embrace the mid-length skirt today. A-shaped or pencil, monochrome or splashing colours, pleated or embroidered with sequins, any style goes. At the last fashion weeks, the invités were sporting the skirt mostly with heels, such as boots, mules and sandals. For autumn, layering this garment with trousers or pulling off an oversized look with a chunky knit can make an excellent ensemble to face the coming cold.

For a night on the town, a skirt with ruffles or sequins could provide you with just the right amount of glamour that you require to feel modern, feminine and in vogue. Top it all off with your favourite clutch, and you are ready to go.
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