Well, 2016 is coming to a close, but not before I preview what the hottest fashion trends will be in my 2017 trendcast report. From the re-emergence of colour (bye bye all black wardrobe!), to flowing volume, the fashion game will be strong next year, so you better get ready to bring it!
Patches (on Jackets)
What ‘It’ girl wasn’t spotted in a bomber jacket this year? Upping the trend, 2017 will be all about bombers with statement patches. Whether it’s a DIY applique, like Marianna Hewitt, or purchased from Alpha Industries, Dolce & Gabanna, etc., patches will take the bomber jacket look to a whole new level next year.
Strong Stripe Game
Statement, asymmetrical, bold, colourful – all will be making an appearance next year from off the runway. Mulberry featured stripes in their LFW show, as did Porenza Schouler, Adam Selman, Opening Ceremony, Rosie Assoulin, Altuzarra, etc. Unlike prior years where stripes were a fashion focus, 2017 is showcasing the look from head-to-toe.
Colour, colour everywhere! I’m excited because my closet has gotten a little too dependent upon black pieces and it needs a surge of brightness. Balenciaga, Chloé and 3.1 Phillip Lim (some of my fashion week favourites), have decided that the time was right for bright colours in 2017, and I couldn’t agree more. Unlike last year where we had pops of colour, next year will focus on head-to-toe bright colour (noticing a head/toe trend here?). To pull off this look- go bold and wear lots of it!
Saturated Eye-grabbing Floral
Get ready for big, head-to-toe, bright floral prints. Gone are the days where small, frilly floral patterns have a place in the fashion world. My 2017 trendcast foresees heavily saturated, eye-catchingly bold floral prints like Chloe, Erdem, and Balenciaga . 2017 will play with jacquard florals, scale, ruffles and bright colours with floral arrangements.
80s Savage Redux
We’ve seen the 80’s revisit again and again. And again. However, 2017 will be full-on 80’s, not the sampling of styles we’ve previously seen. Look no further than the Saint Laurent, Rodarte, + Moschino SS17 shows for proof. Oversized shoulder pads, taffeta, fishnets, and lamé. It’s coming back bigger than before in statement pieces and coordinating outfit design.
The red carpet world has somewhat ruined the magic of the see-through dress for me, however 2017 will take it to a new + exciting place. Instead of tight-sheer dresses and the like, LFW showed us what a world full of layered semi-opaque outfits look like, and I’m a fan. The key to pulling of this look is layering + volume, like Burberry, Molly Goddard and House of Holland previewed during London Fashion Week.
If LWF is anything to go by (and clearly, it is), then the skintight fitting + corset looks seems to be winding down in favour of loose-fitting, + flowing feminine looks. All dresses seemed to billow and flutter down the runway this S/S 17 season and I look forward to different designers take on this volumized, but very playfully sexy style.
Expect visual prints from around the world to play a huge part in fashion in 2017. Inspiration from Malaysia, Africa, South America, Asia and Morocco once again will have a worthy spotlight in bringing textural and visual flair to an already impressive fashion year. We’ve already seen influence in dramatic prints that play off of a ‘Post-Soviet’ look hailing from Russia, with love from Demna Gvasalia at Vetements and Gosha Rubchinskiy. As the world becomes more global, fashion becomes more global and influences from around the world will play a beautiful part in 2017.