Theunissen Collection 2023– Bringing Back the 70’s
If there has been nothing else in the fashion world, there’s been a resurgence of the trends of the 70s. Prestigious brands– like Dolce & Gabbana– have created an influx of looks that tie back into the past. From bell bottoms to shoulder-padded jackets, the key to the future lies in the past. Who else brings a better example of this than the up and coming design brand Theunissen? Based in Paris and founded in 2019, Theunissen recently debuted a brand new collection this year during fashion week. It was based in French Jewellery store Mellerio– one of the oldest jewelry stores in the world. Inspired by the 70s, it’s an homage to female strength,
The collection was a collaboration project. The Franco-Belgian brand collaborated with leatherworker Nadia Chellaoui and brand Zila Russi for the bags and shoes, respectively. Mellerio themselves also lent their products to Theunissen, four ornate necklaces to accentuate the collection.
On the Collection’s Conception
The collection is a love letter to the strength and freedom of women. Theunissen, while merging fabrics and patterns, emphasizes the shoulders of their pieces as well as the waistline. This, in turn, creates a type of piece that trails along the bodies of their models like a river and lets us all drink in the beauty of it. It’s a difficult task to merge mesh and wool fabrics to create pieces that seem lightweight and easy to wear. However, as most fashion stars do, Theunissen makes their outfits look breathable all while revealing the true beauty of the female form.
The Runway Looks
The collection adds a retro aesthetic from the first piece to the last. Some of the dresses almost resemble what one of the classic femme fatales would wear in a typical James Bond film. Cutouts, slits, and low necklines swept the runway as Theunissen models displayed some of the best looks of the collection.
One particularly eye-catching piece is a purple dress (below). The dress, made with a provocative split and circular cutout on the torso, is a stunning outfit. It’s another mesh and wool combo– a combination that makes up most of the collection. It’s formal, yet seductive, and could be seen in both a club and at a gala. We could write entire love letters to this dress alone– as well as the other dresses that are featured in the collection which share that similarly seductive design with subtle changes. But there is more to see.
Along with the dresses and more alluring pieces of the collection, there was also the inclusion of more formal looks. These pieces seemed to deviate from the worship of the female figure and moved closer towards a more utilitarian look. (However, in true Theunissen fashion, it still had that peek of sexy we know and love.) It resembled the 70s, of course– serving looks that seemed almost reminiscent of the outfits found in Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange”. Trippy, to say the least– but in the best meaning of the word. And the shoes, as seen in the picture below? A perfect addition to the piece, providing extra color to an otherwise monochromatic look.
One of our personal favorites is this purple two piece, pictured below. It’s retro, it ticks off all of those aesthetically pleasing boxes that are a must have, and did we mention it was absolutely gorgeous? It’s a sexy outfit that would look good going almost everywhere, but simple enough to not seem as if it would be some encumbering task to don the outfit. It’s effortless style without trying too hard to emulate ostentatious elements, and the look overall is one of the most timeless pieces shown on the runway.
Featured Photo Courtesy of Totem Fashion