Seal of approval: the finest A/W 2017 fashion week invitations

Fashion week invitations showing three items on display. Left: A Mona Lisa image with "Nothing new' overlay. Right: A Burberry, London, England print. Below. A Tony Chambers hand written note.

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Old masters: Burberry (opens in new tab) and Off-White bought a touch of classicism to its fashion week correspondence. Burberry, whose February 2017 collection looked to the work of Henry Moore, nodded to the sculptor with a show invitation made from engraved stone. Off-White's Virgil Abloh added a cartoonish curly moustache to the Mona Lisa, while a tongue-in-cheek ‘Nothing New’ slogan poked fun at the seasonal fashion cycle.

Fashion week invitations featuring three red prints.


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Ode to orange: The boldest colour trend of the season was vibrant orange. For Raf Simons (opens in new tab)’ debut collection as chief creative officer of Calvin Klein (opens in new tab), the mounted invite design featured a graphic orange stripe that bore the brand's new Peter Saville-designed logo. Haider Ackermann (opens in new tab) added a painterly metallic brushstroke of the shade to its design, while AREA's orange incarnation had a reflective beveled edge.

Box fresh Prada’s invitation featuring a hand-written note in a Prada headed letter.


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Box fresh: Prada (opens in new tab)’s invitation, complete with an italicised handwritten message written on paper, arrived in an embossed, fabric gift box. Its deep red colour echoed the retro hues presented in the brand’s A/W 2017 women’s collection and its AMO-designed showspace

Loewe's creative director featuring a hand-written envelope, a Loewe pad, a fold out poster and a You Can't Take it With You item.


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Team work: Loewe (opens in new tab)'s creative director Jonathan Anderson teamed up with graphic design studio and regular collaborators M/M Paris and photographer Jamie Hawkesworth on an invitation featuring a fold-out poster and miniature book

Fashion Week Invitation gif image flipping through an abstract pattern book.


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Turn of the century: In celebration of its 100th show, Dries Van Noten (opens in new tab) created a graphic booklet of its archive prints. Overlaid with colourful, geometric shapes, the vivid shades and abstract patterns served as emblems of the brand's expansive fabric heritage. Archive prints also featured throughout its A/W 2017 women’s collection

Water sports Stella McCartney featuring bright green water balloon flowers, a red scroll box  and a snow globe.


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Water sports: Stella McCartney (opens in new tab) and Prism were preoccupied with playthings. A neon pink tube from Stella McCartney housed bright green water balloons – a playful invitation from the designer to get wet and wild. Like the blizzards in New York at the time, Prism’s snow globe shook up a snowstorm

Fashion Week invitation shown on a brown cardboard print.


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Business as usual: What better invitation to tuck into the pocket of Balenciaga’s (opens in new tab) A/W 2017 power-shouldered jackets? One resembling a business card, of course

Fashion week Invitation featuring a shining bronze show with Chloe emblem and a fold-out card invitation.


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Gloss over: For her final show as creative director of Chloé (opens in new tab), Clare Waight Keller designed a shining bronze show invitation. Also preoccupied with gloss, Victoria Beckham (opens in new tab) created invitations with three fold-out poster artworks. Our favourite featured black gloss and transparent abstract shapes, overlaid on an abstract image of a model during clothing fittings

Soft touch Saint Laurent and Rick Owens demonstrated a lust for leather with a light and dark brown holder with invitations tucked inside.


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Soft touch: Saint Laurent (opens in new tab) and Rick Owens (opens in new tab) demonstrated a lust for leather. Saint Laurent neatly tucked its invitation inside a personally initialised tan leather envelope, while Rick Owens sent an invitation in a supple black colourway

Fashion Week Invitation featuring a mountain view postcard, a street view image, a hand written post card and a gold-out painting on green.


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New nostalgia: A series of invitations riffed on nostalgic images and sugary shades. Missoni (opens in new tab)’s featured a scene of Monte Rose, the mountain view seen from the Missoni family’s Sumirago home in Italy, while Peter Pilotto (opens in new tab)’s featured a fold-out painting of an action scene in its London studio, created by Peter McDonald

Fashion Week Invitation on a Anya Hindmarch black box.


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Chain mail: The brand that has editors anticipating its invitation design every season, Anya Hindmarch put a paper chain of stick-figures in the post for A/W 2017. Spanning the colour spectrum, the colourful 2D cutouts nodded to kurbits, a type of Swedish folk art that inspired Hindmarch's collection

Fashion Week Invitations featuring black and white posters with logos for Schouler, Paco Rabanne, Gabriela Hears.


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Modern classics: A/W 2017 heralded a host of black and white wonders. JW Anderson (opens in new tab) introduced his new logo, featuring an embossed ‘W’ and a lost full stop, while Proenza Schouler's (opens in new tab) acted as an emblem of its last show in New York, before moving to the Paris couture schedule. With utility in mind, Beautiful People's show invitation doubled up as a hand warmer. Pallas' interpretation acted as a drinks coaster, the show taking place at A Jean Nicot, one of the trendiest bars in Paris

Fashion Week Invitation gif image showing a red book that passes through pages with a word on each.


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Fast lane: Sportmax (opens in new tab)’s running-track inspired collection featured the encouraging slogan ‘Ready Steady Run.’ Flicking through its flip book-style invitation, emblazoned with the same motto, audience members moved to their seats with winning in mind

Fashion Week Invitations gif image that passes through images of window displays.


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Window dressing: Sies Marjan’s Sander Lak featured the work of Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom on his show invitation. Eijkelboom began a series of photographic diaries in the nineties, and Marjan's invitation features images of windows from ‘Diary 9’, taken in the Goatfield district of Arnhem