High Fashion, College Wallet: ADEAM S/S 2017

For the Spring/Summer 2017 ADEAM collection, designer Hanako Maeda made her Japanese background fit in perfectly in the Western world, mixing prints and shapes reminiscent of calligraphy with classic, chic fabrics of black, white and red. The looks all have a flowing quality, and the pieces are versatile enough to work for any occasion from brunch to a workday to date night. New Yorkers especially can take influence from this collection, as they can rock their go-to neutrals in a more creative way.


The tenth look, a black and white number, emphasizes ADEAM S/S 2017’s sophisticated yet playful aesthetic. The focal point is a black midi skirt with calligraphy-esque detailing, worn over a spaghetti-strapped black slip or bodysuit and a cream cropped cardigan. The shoes have nude chunky heels, black closed toes and delicate straps. The accessories include a silver bangle choker and matching, chunky hoop earrings. The model’s red lipstick adds a pop of color, and her otherwise natural makeup fits the look’s confident class. Her hair is in a loose, low bun, an airy yet pulled-together style.


To recreate this outfit’s fresh take on common pieces start with a basic black bodysuit like this strappy Topshop number, available from Nordstrom for $30. Then, find a black midi skirt that incorporates some of the flowiness and playfulness of ADEAM’s: options include this $16 chiffon skirt from Boohoo with a high-low hem or this black animal print skirt from Newlook for around $11. For the cardigan, try this $35 wrap from Modcloth, letting one sleeve fall to expose the shoulder and mimic the model’s styling.

Steve Madden carries some good options to mimic the shoes in this look. The best plan is to go for a style, mostly black but with some nude if possible, that has lace-up straps. Try these low-heeled sandals for $80, or go for these $60 flats. Similar chokers are available from most retailers; try this silver collar, a steal for $13 from Groupon or go gold with this $38 piece from Baublebar. Look for basic hoop earrings from any affordable fashion store, like Forever 21, where most pairs are around $4. Finish the look with your favorite red lipstick.

This look is an ideal outfit for a college student to recreate. The pieces work for both casual and formal occasions, also allowing one to have a standout, compliment-worthy outfit that never looks out of place. Similar pieces are available from many stores, so creative fashion lovers can easily adjust the style from the suggestions here. ADEAM, which has been around for about five years, is on the right track to continue influencing young people’s clothing choices with inventive yet wearable collections.

Ali Webb is a staff writer. Email her at violetvision@nyunews.com.


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