Design details of contemporary fashion. Where the unconventional is a desirable drug that audiences crave, and the conventional, boring and ordinary. Each angle, shape and material of a garment offers a fruitful forest of experimentation, a place to create the novel and the eccentric. A detail that has caught audience’s attention this Spring is the sleek and sumptuous sleeve designs. From beautifully embroidered patterns to futuristic oversized monster sleeves, this style has sparked an interesting course of direction in the formation of garment construction.
Delpozo's sleeve designs

Delpozo | SS16 collection

Particular arm-wear designs that stunned the catwalk were debuted by Josep Font for Delpozo’s’ ready to wear 2016 Spring collection.

Delpozo's sleeve designsDelpozo | SS16 collection

Reintroducing the popular 18th-century fashion trend, Font has brought the once classic evening glove into modern day fashion. Delightfully matched with Font’s signature architecturally constructed garments, the models adorned evening gloves coated in flowers made up of bold and solid block coloured shapes.

Delpozo | SS16 collection

Cleverly constructed to be the centrepiece of each ensemble, these decorative and artistic pieces made an audacious entrance, conveying Font’s passionate inspirations taken from Italian artist Daria Petrilli.

Marc Jacobs sleeve designMarc Jacobs | SS16 collection

Another designer to make the headlines is Marc Jacob’s recent ready to wear collection. Characterised by red, white and blue, the collection featured fabulous pieces ranging from busy statement skirt’s, to chic cow-boy boots. It’s clear that every detail was taken into consideration, placed on the garments shoulder sleeves were intricate floral embroidery patterns sewn onto the mesh surface material. Layered with sparkly sequins and designed in a similar pattern as the underlying design, this delicate detailing added a glistening sparkle to the ensembles.

Katherine Mavridis sleeve designKatherine Mavridis | SS16 collection

Parsons School of Design’s esteemed MFA programme showcased their 2016 Spring ready to wear show which debuted the works of just 11 graduates. The show featured Australian knitwear designer Katherine Mavridis, her narrative of conceptual oversized pieces were constructed from white rope creating a dynamic textural and sculptural structure which wrapped around the body. The sleeves hung large and low transforming the garment into a fascinating 3D object, revealing the woven-like texture that Mavridis constructed, inspired by varied processes of basket making.

Robert Wun sleeve designRobert Wun | Cloudscape collection

Challenging the boundaries of wearable art is London designer Robert Wun, who through developing concepts based around art and poetry transforms structured textiles such as lycra, neoprene, and organza into angled ruffles.

Robert Wun sleeve designRobert Wun

The collection, entitled “Cloudscape,” is reflected through the ripples of his sleeve construction, producing whimsical curves and shapes just like the clouds in the sky.

Xiao Li sleeve designXiao Li | SS16 collection

Finally, back in 2014 shortly after graduating Xiao Li’s Spring/Summer collection pushed the boundaries of form and scale.

Xiao Li sleeve designXiao Li | SS16 collection

Constructing enormously puffy sleeves using playful bubblegum-pastel colours, Li in one case, transformed the 70’s bishop sleeve into a modern day wonder.

Xiao Li sleeve designXiao Li | SS16 collection

In addition, Li challenges the traditional form of the silhouette, juxtaposing beauty and an aura of grotesque in a unique and signature fashion.


Written by Amber Weaver

Edited by Christina Wright


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