In an interview in The New York Times a few years ago, Rick Owens memorably said “Right now I’m trying to figure out how to make tulle look like concrete.” That oxymoronic goal seems to be shared by several designers this season, who give tulle (and its playful cousin, dotted Swiss) more structure with ruching, pleats or boxy cuts. Sometime tulle is used as a filmy outerlayer for sweatshirts or trousers or is cut into a simple tee, adding ballet-worthy illusion to daytime basics.

Off White Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Paris Sept-Oct 2017
Dior Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Paris September/October 2017 print-pattern
YProject Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Paris September/October 2017
Delpozo New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 NY September 2017
Dries Van Noten Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 Paris September/October 2017
Jill Stuart New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018 NY September 2017 print-pattern
Marilyn Monroe from the October 1954 Ballerina session. Photographed by Milton H. Greene
Rick Owens Paris RTW Spring Summer 2017 September 2016
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