As much as office-wear staples, like houndstooth and shoulder padding, was ever-present in Linder’s first dual-gender show – the brands first-ever foray into womenswear – not an ounce of the collection was corporate. The collection stepped quietly at first – a tailored blazer, a black miniskirt, a two-piece suit, a black overcoat – the progression was anything but quiet. Animal skins, human hair, satin chaps, leather straps all made an appearance at Linder’s Fall/Winter 2017 show, shown at New York Fashion Week.
Tailored suits looked just as at home on the female form as it did on the male. Absurd materials had just as much a home on the women’s wear as it did the menswear – a patent leather car wash dress was finished with an arm-constricting leather bondage strap. Brown hair extensions were added to brocade women’s suiting, along with men’s trouser pants.