Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money, it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort." Francesca Liberatores’ FW17 show not only embodied this sentiment but gained its inspiration from its author. FDR was a public figure best known for taking our country through one of the most tumultuous times in its history. However, Liberatore's inspiration didn't draw from the feeling of fear and uncertainty of the time, but concentrated on the power that words and actions have on society. They can either lift you up or tear you down; pull you together or divide you.
Liberatore chooses to take the higher route using words like FREEDOM FROM FEAR, FREEDOM OF WORSHIP and FREEDOM OF WANT sprawled across various pieces. She promotes diversity in her collection bringing together lace, bold stripes, fur, embroidery, and velvet allowing them to coexist on the runway. There is a message of optimism in this collection sewn together bringing a joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. And as FDR concludes, herein lies happiness. I conclude herein lies hope.
Here are my favorites from the show. Cheers! xoxo– Slightly Flirty c/o Gina Papa
Images courtesy of People's Revolution