Francesca Liberatore presented her collection for the spring and summer of 2018 at the Skylight Clarkson Square venue on Gallery 1 during New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Soft dresses poured along the runway in soft yellows, violet blues, lilac, dirty green, and the lightest blue. Dove gray and white was strewn in the mix to give something for the softer colors in the palette to reflect against. Floral patterns, twinkling lace, and dresses that tied at the waist made up the styles.
Francesca Liberatore’s new collection was tailored from French lace, silk jacquard, and the purest of all cotton. The staple item in this line is the sheer black open-front skirt adorned with delicate gold flowered-lace. It was paired with a high collar vest with a deep v-neck made out of the same material. Red velvet heels were paired to complete the look and stand out against the gold. The color scheme of this look was key to one of Liberatore’s show’s inspirations: “Antoinette’s France.”
The 2018 collection was also inspired by essences of time travel, watch mechanisms, plane engines, rural America, the Middle East, and all forms of Beauty Resplendent. This Italian fashion designer is known to explore powerful and popular themes and take audience members along for the escapade. By hand drawing two of her prints, Liberatore made the 2018 collection especially unique.
As if designing the clothing wasn’t hard enough, Liberatore’s hand-drawn prints took careful attention to pull off. This designer proves that she can handle fashion week preparation and then some. One print was created to mimic watch mechanisms, looking inside, and the inner workings to produce the idea of time. The other print referenced an aviator discharging from a plane to represent a journey and protagonist in an adventure.
To prepare 41 looks in this 20-minute showing, Liberatore had to plan in advance. She’s no newbie to NYFW as she has been showing in the fashion capital since 2014 when she won the DHL Exported Award, which created a partnership with IMG Fashion. This lead her to show her collection that year. Even when a designer has their foot in the door, there is still work to do. Liberatore has been dreaming up themes and spotting inspiration year after year, but she has to start doing so before the next season even begins to stay on schedule. It’s hard to predict which themes will come to fruition in the fashion world next. That’s why designers are responsible for putting forth their ideas a year in advance. They have to give fashion advocates a taste of what they’ll be choosing to wear in the future. Designers make their looks and the people choose which become trends. Instead of worrying about what will be popular the coming season, designers make it.
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Francesca Liberatore’s spring/summer ready-to-wear collection was well suited for NYFW. The audiences’ mouths formed “o’” in awe of the soft and comfortable looking, intricate designer dresses. They scurried to get their phones focused fast enough to capture each look in picture form. Liberatore humbly showed her thanks by stepping out from behind the curtain to wave at viewers for a few seconds before jumping back behind.
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Though Italian-born, Liberatore studied in London, graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2007. At this fashion design/womenswear school, Liberatore was able to garner international experience by landing gigs working at some of the most celebrated fashion design houses, Viktor & Rolf in Amsterdam and Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris. She finally established her own collection at Milan Fashion Week in 2009. She has since then shown in Paris, London, Canton, New York, Berlin, Beijing, and more. With a successful showing of her spring/summer 2018 collection at NYFW, Liberatore is set to continue establishing her designs around the globe.
With a successful showing of her spring/summer 2018 collection at NYFW, Liberatore is set to continue establishing her designs around the globe.
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