Designers pulling inspiration from the tribes of the world has been fraught with controversy—not often the smartest and most sensitive choice in an industry plagued by cultural appropriation. But Singapore-born Andrew Gn sought to blend cultures so to speak in his Fall 2017 collection, unified under the idea “Global Tribal”. In it, models traipsed downed the runway in cornrows, bust-grazing earrings, fringe, floral embroidery, and everything in between.
Longer hemlines made their presence felt on a slew of midi frocks that could work for the office or play. Waists were cinched, hemlines were dropped, necklines were detailed by illusion swirl embroidery, and sleeves were statement-making all on their own.
There was definitely no shortage of prints on display. Grey leopard played against snakeskin patterns for the ultimate in animal kingdom realness and black and white dots of varying sizes punctuated head-turning dresses for an added dose of wardrobe whimsy.
Mini dresses also presented some fun brunch to cocktail options. And they were perfect for showcasing the runway’s thigh-grazing, black suede boots, of course.
Separates mostly came in the form of knits and skirts. A black, velvet-panel piece with a fringe asymmetric hem was easily one of my favorite pieces in the collection.
Sarah Paulson and Camilla Belle are huge fans of the brand, but there were more than a few red carpet-ready looks that could’ve worked for a slew of Tinseltown’s finest. A high-neck, olive velvet gown with gold embroidery and a plunging keyhole was beyond stunning, while a turquoise beaut with billowing pleated sleeves and a thigh-high slit might convert more than a few fashionistas to the Andrew Gn label.
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