Modest dressing: The best runway looks from Cruise '18
Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Prada
If there's one subject in the industry that's sparking the interest of several luxury brands right now, it's modest dressing. With Carolina Herrera and Dolce & Gabbana releasing a full collection of abayas — catered towards the Middle Eastern woman — other coveted labels including Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Prada have released Arabian-esque silhouettes in their Cruise '18 collections. Here, Buro 24/7 Middle East digests the top modest looks from each runway show...
Greek goddesses walked down Chanel's Ancient Greece-inspired runway show at the Grand Palais in Paris, offering a line-up of free-flowing silhouettes, statement headpieces and the ultimate wardrobe-wants for Ramadan.
From Paris to Los Angeles, Maria Grazia Chiuri's first Cruise collection for Dior showcased a cohort of cuts that drew inspiration from several artworks including American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Also, the collection consisted of a dose of modest fashion with belted kaftans and oversized coats.
From metallics to flora and fauna prints, Alessandro Michele's trans-seasonal collection for Gucci truly showcased the maison's signature fantasy-meets-fairytale aesthetic with key pieces that cater to the quintessential Middle Eastern woman – strong, feminine and fashionable.
In Kyoto, the highly anticipated Cruise '18 collection show by Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton, unfolded voluminous silks and structured fabrics that were cut into bomber jackets, maxi dresses and tailored suits, suggesting the overall covered-up look to be as chic as it is edgy.
Valentino might have gathered inspiration from ethnic influences, hip-hop and the urban streets of New York City for its Cruise '18 collection but Creative Director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, also injected Arabian-like silhouettes into the collection — think colourful maxi dresses, detailed prints and monochrome kaftans.
Prada proves how modernised sportswear mixed with an elegant aesthetic can be turned into modest dressing through a Cruise '18 collection that consisted of achingly cool abstract cuts juxtaposed against pastel fabrics, sequinned detailing and metallics.
Also, read about Manish Arora's exclusive interview on modest dressing with Buro 24/7 Middle East's Editor-in-Chief, Shannon Wylie.