Spring/Summer 2017 collections are taking the international runways by storm. Let’s take a look at the biggest trends for the upcoming season and gear up for summer!
From the bold and beautiful to the classic and restrained, many runways shared an appreciation for the straight and narrow stripes. Bold, bright, and brilliantly textured, spring’s stripes are a jolt of energy in a sea of classic Bretons. And while they came in all shades of the rainbow this season, our favorites were those that featured graphic primary colors anchored down with some polished black. Designers like Marc Jacobs, Altuzarra, Diane Von Furstenberg, Lacoste, Carolina Herrara and many more worked this trend to flawless perfection.
For those with ample confidence (and not-so-ample cleavage), there will be endless opportunities next spring to take the crop-top trend to its logical conclusion and skip the “top” part all together. Lingerie-like pieces were paired with evening skirts, cropped jeans, slinky suits, and more at shows as varied as Alexander Wang, Tory Burch, and Oscar de la Renta. With a few months yet till they hit the shelves, we at least have plenty of time to start working on our abs in preparation. However, just because some of us aren’t blessed with washboard abs, doesn’t mean we have to miss out on this super trend. Take a cue from Prada who did the fanciest but also the most convincing iterations of the trend for bra tops worn over a shirt. Elsewhere, Bottega Veneta’s were knitted and oozed sophistication, all tucked under a crocodile cropped jacket. Design giant Etro was a winner with this trend, completing his 90’s inspired runway look with chokers and pinstriped trousers.
THE ROCKER GAL
More-is-more maximalism plus a DGAF attitude is shaping up to be the quickest ticket to the cool kids’ table this spring. The references may have been wide and varied—glam rock and rave culture at Marc Jacobs, rockabilly rebels at Coach, louche tropical vibes at Baja East—but ultimately, the same young, wild, and free spirit ran through some of the best shows this season. From ’70s rockstar style to the bands on-hand for the birth of MTV and grunge girls, rocker style of every iteration is in order for Spring. Get in line for a new leather moto. Our two “IT Girls” Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid both walked in dapper rocker styles for designers Ralph Lauren and Anna Sui respectively, and boy were they on-point! A special mention to Coach for those revamped biker jackets with classic black denims – definitely taking us back to the 80s when it was all about rock n’ roll.
Nothing feels quite as perfect for a prep-inspired spring as good old nautical details — and , thankfully, the runways offered them up by the (sail)boat load. The classic striped button-down has been turned on its head (sometimes quite literally) this season, with designers adding flounces, slashing shoulders, and super-sizing the silhouette, stripping it of any stale, corporate connotations in the process. It’s a look that pays homage to tradition, but shows you’re not too concerned with playing by the rules. Designers like Tory Burch, Monsi, Rag & Bone and Anna Sui gave us a much-needed insight to this trend and how to work it for the coming spring.
RUFFLE IT UP
Frills were BIG at every Fashion Week this time, both in terms of proportion (some looked capable of swallowing models whole) and in terms of popularity. The styles we’re most eager to get a hold of, though, were those that balanced the femininity with a little sleekness or ease—think asymmetrical dresses, one-shoulder tops, and voluminous skirts styled as effortlessly as a pair of jeans. Carried over from last season, it is time for this trend to take centre stage this spring and go full kitsch like at Altuzarra, covered in Fifties cherries and embroidered pineapples. Jonathan Saunders also drew on their enlivening powers for his first collection for Diane Von Furstenberg. Wear them with wrap-tie sandals and prepare for a summer of endless “Boomerang Wiggles” clogging up your Instagram feed.
CHROME, NEON & SORBETS
This spring our color palette is well cut-out for us. First we start with the season’s favourite Yellow – From Mustard to Chartreuse to Zingy Lemon, yellow ran the gamut on the runways. At Tibi, Pastel 50’s Yellow was found arresting enough to emulate; while at Sies Marjan, there were more of the Fizzy Sherbet Yellows. Alexander Wang went all out with highlighter pen Neon Yellow and Thakoon favoured a more muted mustard. Second we talk about the Neons – Designers dipped their toes back into fluorescent waters for spring, both for day (like DKNY and Phillip Lim) and for night (like Delpozo or Jason Wu). DKNY’s neutral-colored layers and athleisure vibe suggested a wearable way to try out the trend at home. Coming to Sorbet Shades – Somewhere between warm pastels and cool neons lies the eye catching colors found in your favorite sorbet flavors. From lemony yellow to tangerine and tart raspberry—Spring is looking very sweet, indeed.
Performance gear is not going anywhere next Spring. Giorgio Armani and Bottega Veneta got in on the trend with Bermuda shorts and tracksuits; more prevalent were sporty leggings, which were worn under gowns and suits at Gucci and Pucci, and paired with athletic rain coats and bombers at Max Mara. Speaking of athletic rain coats: Versace had some of the best, in rich plums and emerald nylons, although Gigi Hadid scored the winner in a sequin and bead-embellished navy number with heavy sportswear influences. Now that sweatshirts have fully entered the fashion lexicon, every facet of sporting style is getting in on the game—from jerseys to track pants and pinnies, it’s officially warm up season.
Some Micro Trends which deserve a special mention: