This is the fashion world's current favourite statement piece


This is the fashion world’s current favourite statement piece

Clue: It's the widely-used four-letter word

By Shweta Gandhi  February 8th, 2018

When Maria Grazia Chiuri sent models down the runway for Dior’s Spring 2017 show wearing T-shirts that read “We Should All Be Feminists,” it sparked a revolution in the fashion fraternity. Clothes were being used as a medium to voice political statements — statements that soon became trendy to sport. And now, the focus of slogans has shifted slightly to become more universal. Meet fashion’s favourite statement piece: Love.

Love — a word that’s genderless, ageless and colourless — has become symbolic of unity. It’s the only word that can bring together a diverse group of people — and given the current circumstances, inclusion is the smartest solution to embrace. Take it from designers like Stella McCartney, Ashish, Versace and Prabal Gurung who are way ahead of the curve with their collections. While Stella has “All Is Love” printed in bold graphics that trail down the seams of jackets, jumpers and skirts, Ashish’s FW17 and SS17 collections features slogans like “Love Sees No Colour”, “University In Adversity”, “Love And Devotion.”

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Stella McCartney’s All Is Love capsule collection. Picture courtesy: Stella McCartney

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Versace’s FW17 collection’s central point was diversity, strength and individuality with an aim to empower the female mind and body. All ensembles were emblazoned with positive words like “Love”, “Loyalty”, “Courage” and “Equality”. Prabal Gurung, an outspoken feminist, went with “Love Is Love”.

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Versace’s FW17 collection. Picture courtesy: Versace

Then there are designers like Céline who may not be inscribing their garments with words, but are resonating the same sentiment with underlying messages that are loud and clear for those who’re paying attention. For her SS18 collection, Phoebe Philo revealed her inspiration in an interview: “I wanted to be optimistic. It was just this sense of joy and life force. It felt like a celebration. I thought, If there’s anything to say at the moment, let it be with love and let it be joyful.”

Positivity, equality, empowerment — these are the messages that fashion is becoming imbued with. And the superlative of all these words? Love.

11 designer items featuring fashion’s favourite statement piece:

Tod's sneakers, price on request

Explore the limited edition for Valentine's Day here.

Gucci purse, price on request

Buy it from Gucci's stores across Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

KWIT JEWELLERY, 14kt gold Love earring, Rs 58,000

Gold never grows old. Why not gift this to yourself? Get it here.

Stella McCartney, All Is Love Falabella Box Mini Bag, Rs 88,460

Only love is real. Buy this here.

LOVE MOSCHINO, I Love print T-shirt, Rs 10,679

Replace your boring white tee with Moschino's Love version. Buy it here

MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS, Love tote, Rs 21,294

Get this here.

CHLOÉ, 'Love' necklace, Rs 27,342

Buy this necklace here.

PRABAL GURUNG, Love Is Love hoodie, Rs 18,978

Get this hoodie here.

DOLCE & GABBANA, Love keyring, Rs 27,985

We all need a gentle reminder to love ourselves. Let this be yours. Get it here

FENDI, Love-appliqué T-shirt, Rs 30,880

How about love that's embroidered in flowers onto your T-shirt? Buy here.

VERSACE, Unity Love Loyalty jumper, Rs 22,195

The perfect Valentine's day gift for yourself. Get it here.