Escada fashion director Daniel Wingate focused on Africa as inspiration for the luxury brand's spring/summer 2017 collection, but instead of intricate beading and embroidery often associated with tribal prints, he chose the bold colors prevalent in the world's second-largest continent.
In a preview of the collection at the Escada showroom during New York Fashion Week, a "spice market print" with alternating stripes of orange, blue, green, white, and black stood out in an off-the-shoulder gown, day dress and halter blouse that wraps around the neck. A leafy design in white snakes across a dark pantsuit or shows up in an emerald green evening gown. And dresses, gowns and pants in cerulean and azur reflect the shades of the vibrant African sky.
Leather — always an Escada hallmark — shows up in some terrific ways. A tailored white pantsuit with wide lapels is bisected with a mostly-hidden braided leather black belt that cinches at the waist, and fringe boleros and toppers are so incredibly light that it's hard to believe they are so woven out of leather.
Outerwear is also brightly colored — Wingate led off the collection with an oversized orange double-breasted trench in the color of the season and a vibrant green trench coat cinched at the waist and with wide lapels is so stylish it could double as a dress.
Looks from the Escada spring/summer 2017 collection and the 2017 resort collection will be featured at the 25th Annual Mary Jo Peckham Award Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting The Assistance League of Houston at River Oaks Country Club on Thursday as well as a trunk show at Elizabeth Anthony Thursday through Saturday (September 29 through October 1).