Spring/Summer 2017 Trend Report
Warm-weather fashion can be conquered.
The Right Stripes
Silk blouses and trousers came suited with stripes for a laid back elegance at Lanvin. Miuccia Prada showed multicolour striped robe coats alongside striped cotton drill swimwear in a pattern-rich collection at Miu Miu and Fendi’s stripes went from big and bold jail stripes to a quieter, best for sleepwear stripe.
The baby pink and army green colour scheme at Fenty x Puma was perfect for the softer streetwear doled out by Rihanna this season. Pierpaolo Piccioli used a pink and red colour combo to highlight the romanticism of his collection at Valentino and Givenchy colour-coated female empowerment with fiery shades of red, orange, brown and pink.
“We Should All Be Feminists,” was the message at a very dreamy Christian Dior collection, printed on a white tee and paired with a navy embroidered long twill skirt and knitted underwear. Stella McCartney stayed true to her ethical aesthetic this season creating a print that read: “Girls Thanks, and No Fur, No Leather” and Hood by Air partnered with Pornhub to compound the label’s provocative nature and turn out a great Hustler logo polo tee!
For Coach, American wardrobe classics included a Hawaiian print with a rebellious twist brought to you by artist Gary Baseman. Moschino’s 60’s-inspired collection saw models beach-ready in psychedelic print board shorts and speedos (sans shirt for full effect) and Thom Browne took the theme a little more literally; setting his collection on a post-apocalyptic beach complete with shark bite trousers and feathered jackets.
Kris Van Assche based his collection for Dior Homme around encounters he had with Antwerp punk youth (hint: this involved skater pants, harnesses, checkered shirts, combat boots, and chipped black nail polish.) Kim Jones reflected on growing up in London during the punk scene which meant tartan, dog collars and d-ring engraved trousers at Louis Vuitton while Off-White’s contributions to the trend included stamped leather jackets, acid-wash denim and concert tees.
Masters of Disguise
This season at Dries Van Noten, camouflage was featured heavily and in so many iterations on jackets, pants and shorts that it’s easy to see that the designer was inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. Tomas Maier chose an abstract camouflage print pant to accompany his 40’s workwear-influenced collection for Bottega Veneta and Dsquared2’s Dean and Dan Caten went full on glam rock with a sequined camo print (good luck not being spotted in this!)
By Hannah Rose Prendergast