Trend Predictions: 2017

The Fashion Weeks have ended, and the stores are churning out the spring/summer styles inspired by the shows, social influencers, and fads. But as fashion trends indulge themselves in past inspiration, we can hazard a guess about where they might go next. Which might be useful in helping you decide what to invest in.

Chokers have been replaced by layered necklaces and pendants, styles I remember well from the early 00s. I think this trend will evolve into elaborate layered but connected necklaces with industrial-style pendants. I think there will be layered necklaces in more mixed metals, and even bejeweled strands. Earrings that dangle and even big hoops will probably make a comeback too.

The athleisure trend is super interesting, and has shown a really cool evolution so far. With retro brands making a comeback, as well as fabrics and styles that had been shunned so recently. I see this trend already tending towards a more polish and tailored look – like the wide leg athletic stripe pants – and I think outer wear will show the most influence from this trend when the fall arrives. I think these loose and baggy pieces will be styled with sharper accents, like wide corset belts and pointed shoes, for a style juxtaposition.

Denim is already all over the place, with patches and cropped flares enjoying their time in the sun. Denim “with flare” seems to be favored, with interesting accents like cutouts, frayed hems, and embroidery being used. Although there was some murmurs of a JNCO comeback, I’m really not sure (or can admit to myself) that this will happen. I think jeans will continue to be less form fitting and more tailored, but as always, denim is such a personal thing I always feel that nothing is really off limits if you like it.

Sleeves are having a moment, first off the shoulder and now flared or with tied cuffs. I love this trend as it still feels fresh and I think a lot can be done. I hope to see it spread to outerwear and blazers, maybe influencing suits too. I think the sleeve trend will evolve into mixed materials, and interesting textures.

As for shoes, what can I say? Much like denim, I feel like it’s a “whatever goes as long as you like it” sort of space. We all know block heels and mules are the styles to have right now, and I am enjoying the broad range of materials on offer like velvet and satin. I think these luxe materials will continue, but that shapes and styles will become a bit more refined and less casual.

Am I right? Well, only time will tell. I will certainly enjoy checking back in a few months and seeing how wrong or right I was. It’s all a guessing game, really! What do you think will emerge as new trends?

Fashion Week: Spring 2017

 

Thanks to digital media and many designers who have embraced the ‘buy now from the runway’ approach to fashion week, it almost silly to pretend that we must wait until spring to embrace these trends. Obviously, we still must deal with weather and some pieces not being put out yet, but where there’s a will there’s a way. High street stores will have ‘inspired’ pieces in before Halloween, and we can always layer spring pieces now.

I think this has lead to a lot more fluidity with trends and the offerings at Fashion Week (New York, Paris, London and Milan, particularly), and it’s been interesting to see which designers are flourishing in this new atmosphere. However, we are here to discuss some trends and if they are worth investing in!

 

First of all, I am so glad that big, furry (faux, obviously) coats are still popular. I love this look and glad to see it going strong. The other return is the bomber and athleisure look, but in unique materials such as silk, sequins or metallic-looks. There was also a lot of shearling jackets, in various hues and material types. Dusters and military coats are also popular, especially in neutral tones with intricate detailing or in velvet.

Those neutral tones are not just for coats, with an overwhelmingly earthy feel to many collections’ colors. Tan, brown, navy and olive were popular, and other colors to mention would be pink (dusty, ‘Tumblr’, rose shades), and yellow (deep, rich shades). Notable patterns include ‘dark florals‘, plaid and brocade.

Clothing trends worth noting are ruffles (on pants, skirts, tops, anything!), mock turtle necks (I will probably abstain from this one), off-the-shoulder tops (going on strong since spring, they still look impractical) and cut-outs (to achieve the same skin look as off-the-shoulder tops, but presumably more wearable). Main themes include: bohemian, romantic, victorian, goth and voluminous. 

We also saw pantsuits (perhaps a cultural commentary on the American election), pajama suits (most often in silky materials), layered slip dresses, and jeans still deviating from skinny denim. For example, the odd cropped bootcut is still popular (although I am yet to see someone wearing them), and wide leg, embroidered materials, corduroy and velvet looks going strong.

There didn’t seem to be anything innovative for footwear, honestly. Sneakers are still popular, as are chunky combat boots, velvet, lower heels and thigh-high boots. We are seeing the embroidered and velvet trend expanding to footwear though, which is nice.

As the world of fashion and trends adapt to immediately available stock, copycats, Instagram-influenced fads and more, it’s true that designers must walk that fine line of disrupting and accessible. Personally, I adore the Haute collections due to their purely artistic aesthetic, but I am appreciating how the traditional runway is evolving in the modern world in an artistic way of its own. As I get older, the idea of buying into trends is less appealing, and selecting or predicting classics much more my thing.

That said, as the 70’s and 90’s return and saturate styles with their boho and grunge, respective looks, I do enjoy finding pieces that look like better versions of the things I once used to wear.