Loris Diran’s Fall/Winter 2017 show, titled “BACK 2 BLACK”, was largely influenced by his past year living and working in India and mainland China.
The atmosphere immediately evoked calm and tranquility. The whole room was bright, naturally illuminated by the surrounding windows. The same could be said about Diran himself, whose bubbly personality shone through greeting and thanking many of his guests before the show. There was no music preceding the show, but Diran kept with the title and paid homage to Prince by making his songs the soundtrack of his show.
The clothing, like the space, embodied the ongoing trend of minimalism. While the color scheme did not expand out of white, grey and black, Diran found ways to expand various shades of each color and pair them brilliantly together. This was often seen on the top half of the models: some of the models wore jackets with bi-color panels or grey ombre wool sweaters. He varied the fit of the clothing, specifically in the pants and dress shirts. He often paired statement clothing pieces with a much simpler counterpart, like a long shirt with perfectly tailored pants, or drop-crotch pants with a tight-fit dress top. Despite the diversified fit, all of Diran’s clothing evoked calm and balance.
Diran also found other ways of incorporating calm and balance in his clothes. Some models, towards the middle of the show, walked out with graphic sweaters and pants, each with a saying by either Confucius or Ghandi. While the intention was to pay homage to his life in both India and China, the intended message fell flat. Most of the words were obstructed by other items of clothing, and it felt a little cliché to have quotes such as “My Life is My Message” printed on black sweaters.
Loris Diran’s F/W 2017 show was a successful adaptation of the minimalist trend repeated on runways this season and in season’s past.
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