Whether exaggeratedly curved in plisse silk to form a disc-like silhouette, or aggressively wide and square in leather or suiting fabrics, these shoulders speak of both strength and cocooning in an uncertain world.
Jil Sander has always been an avant-garde label, and while Sander herself has moved on, current creative director Rodolfo Paglialunga has picked up the boundary-testing approach and run with it. But it was another iconoclastic brand that ushered in the too-big-for-you look: Vetements. It'll be interesting to see if they stick with it for Spring '17.
At Marni, too, pumped up volume was the focus, with sleeves sipping below the finger tips, baggy shirt dresses, ruched to give structure, and over-sized canvas trenches anchored by enormous pockets and bags. Here, the silhouette was looser and more free; the ultra-wide and dropped shoulders somehow looked graceful. Still, it takes a while to get your eye in - we're just not used to these shapes yet.
Even those who didn't embrace them zeroed in on the enclosed shoulder as a source of fascination. Dolce and Gabbana covered theirs in gold tassels, military braid and flowers. Dsquared2's jackets featured exaggerated puffed sleeves in contrasting pink, green and purple silk.
You're probably not going to wear them, right? But don't go thinking this has nothing to do with you. With barely a cold shoulder in sight on the Spring '17 runways, this signals the death-knell for those off-the-shoulder tops everyone is wearing now. We'd reached peak OTS top anyway, I reckon. Time for a change.