Spring/Summer 2017 takes fashion back to the drawing board, re-defining a confident look with exaggerated lines, metallic effects, graphic prints on new-generation trenches and bright candy pink and sunshine yellow. With color and light as watchwords for the season, see the trends we’re taking away from Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017.
At the top of our list for the trends of the season is pink, as candy pink, baby pink, deep cherry and raspberry provide a sweet new way to see fashion through rose-tinted glasses.
Square shoulders were particularly present this season, an exercise in style seen on strict, exaggerated suit jackets in a quest to create new forms of elegance and movement.
Urban sports silhouettes were prevalent at Versace, Joseph and Stella McCartney, with dynamic lines and big volume on nylon parkas and parachute pleats, with street accents and plenty of movement.
Florals are no surprise for spring, but next season brings blossom prints up to date in all-over Seventies style, flirting a little with the kitsch.
Pleats were front and center at Marni, Loewe and Jil Sander, with drapes, volume at the shoulder and statement sleeves all tapping into the minimalist vibe of the moment.
From criss-cross stripes to in-your-face color, fashion has gone graphic for summer 2017. Think vibrant, geometric prints, as spotted on the knitwear at Proenza Schouler, the poppy pleats at Chloé and the Sonia Rykiel poncho.
Jumpsuits All Day
Much more than a trend, the jumpsuit is now a seasonal staple that tops editors’ wishlists as an easy piece for summer every year. Uptown girl or fashion boilersuit, choose from evening glamour and daytime cool.
Leggings Are Back
Fashion reinvented sportswear basics as ready-to-wear, this season more than ever. Leggings made for super slim silhouettes on the runway, in spandex with integrated shoes at Balenciaga, or velvet at Y/Project and ‘caviar’ lace at Louis Vuitton.
The 1970s Sleeveless Sweater
The revival of a key 1970s piece, that patterned sleeveless sweater your grandpa once had is back in vogue, tapping into the ugly-beautiful trend and treading a delicate line between good and bad taste. How to elevate the kitsch to the ranks of the cool.
Urban mermaids or space warriors? A deep blue wave broke over the runways at Kenzo, Maison Margiela and Chanel, with iridescent textures and futurist accents.
At Dior, Lanvin and McQueen, designers showed once again the power of suggestion. Sheet textures left a little to the imagination and subtle cut-outs revealed a hint of what lay beneath in a hymn to black.
Girls In The Hood
All-black neo-hoods that knotted under the chin on capes, hooded T-shirts and reworked oversized hoodies provided a new take on an essential shape.
Saturday Night Fever
Sequins and shimmer set the runways on fire this Fashion Week. Minis are out and long sparkling sheaths are in, along with Seventies references and Bianca Jagger-style pyjamas.
The Trench Coat 2.0
Because fashion is all about reinterpretation, even basics need to be reinvented every once in a while and this season it was all about the trench. Cropping up on catwalks across all four fashion capitals, from Marni to Balenciaga and Michael Kors, each collection saw its own personal stamp on this classic wardrobe essential.
From lemon to fluorescent, yellow was a chromatic shot in the arm that lit up the runways in all four cities. Summer 2017 looks bright.
Underwear As Outerwear
No longer confined to the top draw, bras were seen over shirts, dresses and T-shirts in a lesson in how to modernize the classics for 2017.
It’s all in the sense of proportion next season, especially when it comes to shoulders. At Marni, Isabel Marant and Jil Sander, they were round, with gentle curves heralding a contemporary new femininity.
All things shiny made for a resolutely contemporary energy with a new kind of high-octane elegance reflected in head-to-toe gold and silver.
Geometric checks, flowers, losanges and curves heralded a 1970s revival and seriously colorful summer.
Candy colors and doll faces charmed at Fendi, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Chloé, a pretty trend that flirted with lingerie styling, lace and delicate bows and ribbons. Get set for your most romantic summer yet.
Fashion’s Eighties obsession continues, with variations on the popular should theme as oversized cap sleeves gave way to giant puffball shapes and fabric effects.
Menswear is an eternal source of inspiration for womenswear designers and the men’s shirt took to the Spring/Summer 2017 runways with a nonchalant twist for the season. Pale blue and pinstriped, it was deconstructed as a dress at Balenciaga, Joseph and Alexander Wang.
Junya Watanabe, Haider Ackermann and Coach all painted a picture of a militant, emancipated and inspired femininity, to bring punk back to the runway for Spring/Summer 2017. Think studded leather and plenty of black, paired with a sober charisma and a snarl.
A play on fabric and movement that’s more minimalist than you might think. White jackets and dresses were entirely fringed at Hermès or more discreet and Western-influenced at Ralph Lauren, with Rodarte’s punk bride taking the cake.
Masculine sensuality met boudoir elegance as wrap jackets and gowns showed yet again that loungewear isn’t best kept for after dark.
We saw a softer, more rounded geometry on the runway this season. A simple but effective motif, the polka dot was conceptual at Comme des Garçons, ballerina-style at Dior and retro Italian at Dolce. Use and abuse, on one condition: stick to black and white.
Designers mixed, matched and juxtaposed anything and everything that clashed, with vintage fabrics and unexpected pairings of prints, fabrics and finishes.
Head-to-to white and a slim silhouette is the minimalist take on futurist fashion this season, accented with patches slogans and moto stripes.
Source: Vogue Paris
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