Heavenly Creatures - Scotch & Soda New York Fashion Week for second season
September 13, 2016
Scotch and Soda showed its Spring/Summer 2017 collection namely as 'The World According to Heavenly Creatures'. The newest story by the Amsterdam-based fashion label is inspired by the lushest to the harshest of natural habitats. Creative Director Marlou van Engelen said, "We discovered these amazing illustrations dating back to 1590 by the Dutch astrologer and cartographer, Peter Plancius. He mapped the world according to the animals he found there. This find sparked us to see the world through different eyes – through the eyes of nature's creatures".
The S/S 2017 presentation reveals three such natural habitats, embracing the colourful influences of each. Rainforest-muted brights layered with lush metallics, transform to desert heat-washed monochromes and earthier tones. The collection's colour ends on a high of toxic-creature brights.
Scotch & Soda S/S 2017 injects different takes on animal and flora-inspired prints and patterns, executed across maxi and micro proportions. The story also unveils clever new ways to layer. Delicate whisps of organza, silk and lace are belted and toughened with leather and metalware accessories, and layered with open-back 'bibs' in animal and stonewashed prints. Van Engelen adds, "We also finish several looks with our creature-eye-motif appliqué – a wink to the way we see the whole collection – through heavenly creatures' eyes".
Gaucho influences, silhouettes, finishing and details are present throughout. Key stories include paper-bag waists, high-neck ruffle shirts in the thinnest organaza and cotton executions, and broderie anglaise. Nature-inspired geometric patterns are applied to a fitted-knit story in bikinis, tanks and skirts. The 'World According To Heavenly Creatures' is also mapped and hand-painted for a beautiful signature print that surfaces in several pieces.
Men's looks add a strong foundation to the brand's SS17 story. Shades are earthier and more subdued. The key sihouettes for men: longer-length, wide short styles, three-quarter length pants with rope-tie waists coupled with canvas, sleeveless capes and shirts in micro and maxi batik and bloom prints.