The best of runway style for next season
The good news is that designers around the world seem to be very excited about springtime – many of the more sombre looks showcased on the Autumn/Winter catwalks have been replaced with happier, sunnier ensembles.
Big and bold creations brought Spring/Summer 2017 collections to life – with runways like rainbows, it’s just what we need to banish those winter blues.
Here’s a look at our favourite styles for the coming months; the trends that we predict will be big hits this Spring and Summer.
Bold and bright
Sunglasses at the ready! Bright colours were a big theme for many designers’ Spring/Summer collections. A huge spectrum of powerful tones was on show – from glowing golds to red hot chilli.
Pinks were very popular, including hot pink, coral and magenta. At Paris Fashion Week, Valentino, Balenciaga and Céline included swathes of daringly bold pinks. In Madrid, Roberto Torreta used colourful coral tones to add feminine charm to power-dressing and at New York Fashion Week, Naeem Khan used vivid reds and shocking pinks to give his looks an even bigger impact.
To give our eyes a rest from all those multi-coloured creations, the designers also dropped in a some slightly more calming tones. Still quite bright but not as bold, colours such as aqua, jade and orchid were also popular choices. Miu Miu used pastels such as baby blue with lilac accessories for a sweet retro style and during New York Fashion Week Christian Siriano and Leanne Marshall offset bold colours with some more understated hues.
Deeper and darker
There were also some designers that went for deeper rather than bolder colours, using tones like navy, grape and aubergine, even here they were far from muted or dark. At Moscow Fashion Week, designers used a deeper palette to produce a rich and brooding feel.
Mosaic, abstract and big florals
Florals are no new thing to fashion. However, this season left behind small ditsy prints and for 2017 patterns, like palettes, were bigger and bolder than ever.
In New York, Christian Siriano used beautifully big blooms on wrap dresses. Mosaic, abstract and geometric prints were also favoured. Prada used a variety of retro mosaic prints. Miu Miu and Gucci were mixing and matching bold florals with geometrics – but be warned – full-throttle head-to-toe patterns is not an easy look to pull off at home!
Back to the 80s
Several fashion houses were following a decidedly 80s trend – big hair, cinched-in waists, padded shoulders and stilettos were features of many Spring/Summer 2017 catwalks. Moschino and Saint Laurent lapped up these looks – styles that are probably more suited to those who weren’t there the first time round!
With the return of the 80s comes power-dressing. Thankfully, some of the looks were more understated and wearable than others. Designers like Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Altuzarra gave classic tailoring a feminine twist or used a jacket with a delicate draped dress to create an interesting juxtaposition.
Draped, pleated and wrapped
Many designers also seemed keen to use as much fabric as they possibly could – dresses seemed bigger and more flowing than ever. The Jil Sander collection featured a range of pleats and lengths and Stella McCartney went for micro-pleating and volume.
Although it is true that many Spring/Summer collections starred big-impact multi-layered flowing dresses, some designers stayed true to the trousers look. Max Mara featured brightly coloured catsuits, DKNY introduced some practical pant suits and Ion Fiz used tailored trousers to counterbalance voluminous blouses.
The Spring/Summer catwalks were big, bold and daring; we wouldn’t expect anything else – it is a show, after all. Luckily, toned-down versions of these trends will soon hit the retailers and more accessible translations will be on offer. Next season’s collections are set to be a true celebration of colour, print and fabric.
At Patra, we can’t wait to launch our new collection and show you what we have achieved for 2017. Watch this space for more details.