Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
February 18, 2017
• Molly Goddard graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2014 and presented her first collection, Spring 2015, at London Fashion Week that same year. Her undeniably charming presentations got rave reviews, and the fashion industry’s attention was appropriately piqued, but when Rihanna wore that tulle frock in that unmistakable shade of green—something like a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake—the consumer frenzy followed.
• Following several seasons of presentations, this Fall 2017 collection marked Goddard’s second runway show, but at the same time it wasn’t. This was like a fusion of a runway show and a presentation. The models walked around two huge tables set for some exquisite banquet with flowers, huge trays of fruits, carafes of red wine, and glowing candlesticks in expensive candelabras, and then each sat at the table and partook of the spread.
•One model in what was surely the collection’s standout piece—a huge tiered typhoon of bright blue tulle that looked like something out of a fashionable fairytale—gulped down a glass of wine while she laughed with the model who’d sat down in the chair next to her. I believe she had a refill too—thirsty work. A more scaled back version of that first blue tulle gown was a tutu in the same color paired with back tights and black and yellow cardigan. While a bright blue tulle tutu might sound too froufrou, the cardigan, tights, and pair of red ballet flats tempered the look.
• Other pieces in that tiered tulle that’s become something of a signature for Goddard included another fully tiered albeit not so long or voluminous dress in a coral color, a pale green babydoll dress with sleeves worn over a tiered skirt, and a pleated tiered dress in yellow with delicate embroidered red flowers.
• Goddard’s central tenets of special occasions, nostalgia and coming of age were all well represented here. There were these dresses that looked like couture presented alongside more day-to-day garments. A blue-gray duster jacket with ruffles or a pink beaded cardigan paired with pink satin pants. In fact, Goddard’s pant game was on point, and colorful slim, ruched options paired with simple knits or under her dresses were a welcome addition to the brand’s vernacular.