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Three’s A Trend: Shapely Shoulders

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Shapely Shoulders from Roksanda Ilincic , J.W. Anderson, and Balenciaga

While we saw a slouchy softness across the Resort ’14 collections, a few designers offered an architectural counterproposal by employing sculptural elements, particularly at the shoulder.

Roksanda Ilincic, for example, showed voluminous sleeves that were part bell and part calla lily in shape. The designer accented these silhouettes with glittering PVC—a structural cue in its own right. At Balenciaga, Alexander Wang created a swooped-back crop top, its glacial silk forming an awning over the shoulder blades. J.W. Anderson‘s Jonathan Anderson, too, turned out striking arms in his continued experiment with knitwear, which he describes as “forms of construction.” The designer’s opening Resort look—an all-black knit dress—featured an oversize origami-pleat sleeve that arced over the deltoid. Of his choice to embrace the look, Anderson told us, “I think it was the abstraction in finding something new.”

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