How to Be a Queen as Told by Couture Fall 2017

Had Couture Fall 2016 come out before the year 2013, there’s no way that Lorde would have said we’ll never be royals.

Of course she thought that, though! In 2013 there was very little guidance regarding matters of modern Queendom. “Yes, Queen” had not yet reached the popularity it would eventually see. Catherine, the Dutchess of Cambridge, was still confusing those American citizens, unfamiliar with UK title hierarchy (“Wait, so she’s…not queen now? Will she be?), and Beyoncé was going through a phase where she preferred to be called “King.” All fine things, but we were at a momentary loss upon which Lorde capitalized via song.

NOT FOR LONG! God bless Couture 2017 for showing us how it’s done.



Embrace the Fourteenth Century’s pension for textiles and tell the story of mythological behooved creatures by way of your skirt smock. Valentino, Giles and Schiaparelli will have it no other way.

Speaking of bees.


Are they not the ultimate and original queens? Giles invites you to pay a yellow and black homage via full-body cape, Christian Dior has stitched gold bee-like beings on dresses, while Maison Margiela offers a bit of bee-keeping protection. (Just because you’re Queen doesn’t mean you can trust other Queen Bees.)

Speaking of capes.

Atelier Versace Fall '16 Couture

Versace proves that not all superheroes wear them — especially not while in disguise or off-duty — and makes a very strong case for the superhero as queen. No better way to rule the world than to fly. Donatella, don’t you agree?

And speaking of off-duty.

Maison Margiela Fall '16 Couture

Margiela knows that every good Queen off-duty needs a pair of thigh-high wellies, quilted layers and tweed for jaunts along the countryside. Think conceptual Downton Abbey.

High, ruffled collars.


(Like the ones at Valentino, Giles, Chanel and Giambattista Valli). So Elizabethan.



The bigger, the puffier, the better. All of the couturiers will tell you that this season. Especially Dior and Giambattista Valli.

Except sometimes you don’t need arms at all.

Giambattista Valli Fall '16 Couture

Giambattista Valli happily self-contradicts itself in this regard; Giles supports.


Atelier Versace Fall '16 Couture

All of it and none of it is court appropriate. Black and white remains a classic. Bits of gold are necessary. Silver metallics will coordinate well with the knights in armor, red symbolizes power, royal blue is…obvious, and purple reigns supreme as the ultimate color of queens.

Never underestimate the power of a power suit. 

Schiaparelli Fall '16 Couture

Queen Elizabeth could have told you that.

And finally…

No crown, no problem.

Chanel Fall '16 Couture

Dolce & Gabbana, we support your dedication to the intricate and heavy headpiece, but a gigantic pile of hair — teased and fluffed to the intensity of Chanel’s beehive — will work just as well. (If not better.) Nothing more royal than proof that your own follices can produce a proper royal court-worthy hat.

Long live the Queen!

Runway images via Vogue Runway; feature collage by Lily Ross.


Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond

Amelia Diamond is a writer, creative consultant, and Man Repeller alumnus living in New York City.

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