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October 5, 2017
By Marcellous L. Jones
Photos Courtesy of Drôme
Paris, France – Drôme returns this season with a very inspired collection. The Spring/Summer 2017 display of creative ideas not only shows that the house has the ability to follow trends, but to also to innovate too. Though not the same thing, the two aspects get on famously well together in this cohesive and extremely coherent collection.
Drôme first revisits the late 1970s for inspiration. From that time period, we find an old and familiar material that resurfaces for 2017. It is a fabric that seems to be bunched and then sewn down in order to maintain the wrinkled textures. In the 70’s, the material was popularly used in halter tops. And it is applied in the halter tops in the Drôme collection. However, the house moves forward and creates exciting dresses and skirts too with it.
This is something that works extremely well with the ruffles that is the uncontested rage of the Spring/Summer 2017 season. Drôme, like many houses this season, places the ruffles as details on the sleeves of the tops and coat and as well as on the skirts.
Drome innovates this season in two areas: a) in the architecture of its pieces and b) in the way the clothes are held together on the body. In the first we find dresses and jackets are cut with huge sleeves and large lapels. This architecture reminds this writer of the clothes worn by the very Max Headroom hologram of the early 1990s. However, the sides are open, thus revealing a second garment underneath the first. And secondly, Drôme has decided to use a simple feature of knots to close its pieces. Instead of buttons and zippers, two separate strips are to be tied into knots in order to hold together a selection of the dresses, jackets, shawls, jumpsuits, etc. No other house is doing that this season.