Pink is the new camel and these trends are the new you.
Now that we’re well into 2017, let’s review a couple entities that currently reside in our wardrobes: we’re still toying with off shoulders and velvet but they’re already getting a little old now; chokers we’re almost done with; and we’ve pretty much exhausted the sneaker trend. So, what next? Where do we go from here?
Lots of places, if this thing called ‘trend prediction for the year’ is to be believed. It’s basically all the most fashionable people and influencers in the world trying to get their fingers on the sartorial pulse and figuring what we’re all going to be wearing in the coming months. And guess what? It looks good! Here’s what your wardrobe is going to look like this year, by the power vested in the style forces!
Pink & Pastels
Sure, spring is the season for all the hues of blossoms, but let’s not forget that Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pastel pink and a pastel blue, were the Pantone colours last year, and it looks like they’re just getting started. It’s going to be all pink everything this year and no one’s complaining! Valentino, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, and more, have already dished out numbers in all the lovely shades of rose, making it the reigning colour of 2017.
Aside from the queen shade this year, sorbet hues somewhere between warm shades and neon pops, from lemon yellow to juicy tangerine, have also found their way into our closets, our accessories, and also on our tips – ombré gel, negative spacing with vibrant colours, and minimalist geometric nails are all set to don your nails.
With its Pantone win last year, you’re also going to be seeing a lot of blue now on, which is great because it’s probably the easiest colour to wear for anyone. From the palest seafoam to the richest cerulean, take a monochrome break and clue in on the blue. Spring is looking very fresh, indeed.
Celeb X Brand Collabs
What do you get when you attach a cool celeb name to a brand you already love? Or when you cross a super high end brand with a high street one? A glorious fashion collab that sells out before you can click ‘Add to Cart’, that’s what!
After last year’s hit collabs like H&M X Balmain, H&M X Kenzo, Gigi Hadid’s line for Tommy Hilfiger, Puma X Rihanna, Rihanna X Manolo Blahnik and Hood by Air’s trifecta of partnerships with Kangol, PornHub, and Hustler, 2017 is poised to be the year of brand and influencer collabs!
Expect to see the gorgeous love children of Louis Vuitton X Supreme (just made its runway debut), Bella Hadid’s debut jewellery collection for Chrome Hearts, Zayn Malik for Versace’s label Versus, and probably even another Rita Ora X Adidas.
And it’s not just clothes – beauty collabs between makeup brands and influencers look really big and exciting on the horizon. Last year saw some pretty mind-blowing partnerships – the Jaclyn Hill x Becca Cosmetics, Victoria Beckham X Estée Lauder, Gwen Stefani for Urban Decay, M.A.C X Mariah Carey, Kat Von D and Too Faced came up with a twin palette… but, this year looks way more promising, with social media stars killing the game – M.A.C is teaming up with ten Instagram beauty influencers from across the globe to debut their own custom MAC lipstick shades this April, a Jeffree Star highlighter palette is about to happen, and we can’t wait for more makeup surprises 2017 brings with it.
Now please excuse me while I allocate funds for the rest of the year.
‘70s Band to ‘80s Glam
While last year’s ‘70s craze was a fun revisit, the trend has now moved from the quintessential hippie style of flared denims, fringed vests and lace ups to a darker, grungier, rockstar vibe, all the way down to the birth of MTV – think band tees, lots of leather, oversized outerwear and slogans on clothing.
Concurrently, the maximalist aesthetic of the ‘80s is catching the fancy of fashion folk too, for better or for worse, and Marc Jacobs’ Paradise Garage-themed throwback party late last year probably had something to do with it. The dress code: “Chic ‘80s with voluminous proportions”. An excerpt from Jacobs’ invite should give you a better picture: “A decorative frenzy in electric paradise; more is more.” Don’t say you didn’t get the memo.
Pinterest's in-house analytic team also seems to agree that the '80s trend isn't going anywhere soon – it’s been growing over the past few years and is primed to peak in 2017. What they say the shiny-disco-ball future holds for us: bell sleeves taking over off-shoulders, a bigger wave of cutesy accessories like stickers and patches, and eighties-style trends, such as high-tops and denim skirts.
Statement Sneakers & Mules
Okay, so we were all about the sneakers last year, and don’t get us wrong, they’re still the most comfortable/coolest footwear on the planet, and there’s no need to be throwing all those kicks, but it’s time for us to be reaching for newer heights maybe?
This year, your humble pair of white kicks is set to get a makeover – say hello to over the top, embellished kicks – high tops, emojis and brand logos included. And these are not going to be your average Yeezys: Adidas just released the super sleek limited edition EQT series at Art Basel, Zara’s new arrival boasts of the sateen sneaker and Gucci is legit LIT with its new Ace Low-Top Flames.
But guess what you’ll definitely be tapping your feet in this year? Mules. Flat mules, low block-heel mules, heeled mules, sneaker mules, espadrille mules, mules made of a variety of fabrics from velvet to embroidery. It’s mules all the way.
Spring and florals – ground breaking, we know, but the florals this season aren’t just dainty and romantic, they’re bold and ready to party, even taking on a cartoonish effect. Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Delpozo, Rosie Assoulin – all of them played with blossoms at the spring shows – from tiny prints to larger motifs, from pastels to bright neons. It was basically a garden party with the season’s freshest florals in attendance – blooming on long, tiered skirts, ruffled jumpsuits, and poofy sleeves.
But it isn’t just flora that’s going to colour your wardrobe this year – it’s also foliage. There’s a good reason green is the Pantone’s pick this year – the colour of life is showing up in prints and motifs everywhere – exhibit A: the tropical palm leaf trending everywhere from your clothes to your home décor. Exhibit B: an excessive use of camo in clothes and shoes. No one’s complaining though – it’s the perfect way to keep you in a vacay state of mind 24/7.
Skin & Sheer
This beach season, skin show is in, and now more than ever. Midriffs will be bare and décolletages will have windows with bandeaus and bralets will be the new crop tops. If you’re not into exposing skin, a sheer or mesh top will be your informed choice – there’s nothing sexier than a coy peek of skin. The moral: the more nude, whether skin or colour, the better.
If you still want to go nude without skin show, just go nude! We mean, camel and shades of khaki are still trend mainstays from last year and still have Kim Kardashian’s seal of approval, so there.
And if you want to cover up further, oversized outerwear should come to your sartorial rescue. Some tips on how to wear them: pair an oversized jacket with other sleek silhouettes to balance it out, use a belt to accentuate your waist, and when it’s too hot out, just drape it over.
The Kardashians might’ve arguably been the crusaders of oversized clothing in general, with their big sweatshirt dresses and roomy track suits and large camo jackets, and the trend is only set to become, er, bigger this year.
What to expect come slightly colder months: Long trenches, satin kimonos, two-sizes-too-large sweatshirts, puffer bombers and vests, and of course, oversized denim jackets in vintage silhouettes – you also might just find yourself shopping in the men’s section (lots of gems to be found!).
Vetements’ oversized hoodies are the new off-duty model uniform, Japan's street style savants have ditched fitted clothes for baggy tops, and words like ‘tailored’ and ‘proportionate’ are basically on their way out the window. And men, this one’s for you too – with champions like Demna Gvasalia of Vetements and now Balenciaga, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Off/White’s Virgil Abloh, menswear is definitely loosening up this year too.
Stripes & Satin
You know how the white shirt is heralded as the pinnacle of versatility? Well, stripes have taken its place now. The pattern has been doing the rounds for a few seasons now, but this year is its time to shine. And the recent runways have receipts – Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Altuzarra, Opening Ceremony and so many others featured stripes in their collections, going from vertical to horizontal, bold and graphic to narrow, textured to brightly coloured. So, stripe it up with oversized sweaters, ankle-length dresses and shirt dresses.
Though satin came into our lives a while ago, it seems like we’ve just not had enough of it. Which is great, because it seems like the trend just sat in (sorry)! The luxe fabric is queen of the lingerie-dressing trend, is dominating camis and slips everywhere and is still a hit with bomber jackets. This year though, take it a step further by swapping your regular shoes for satin ones – crystal embellishments on fun colours like kiwi and tangerine will make you fall in love.
The recent Women’s March didn’t just give us an opportunity to participate and feel collective girl power around the world, it also brought to the fore a new trend that women everywhere are loving – political slogan tees.
Slogan tees were all over the spring 2017 runways, from Stella McCartney’s "Girls Thanks, and No Fur, No Leather" statement to the most popular frontrunner – Dior’s simple "We Should All Be Feminists" white tee by Maria Grazia Chiuri, which she made as the first woman to ever head the fashion house, by the way (inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's highly acclaimed essay and TEDx Talk of the same name).
The tee was worn by everyone from Rihanna and Natalie Portman to Chiara Ferragni, at Paris Couture Fashion Week and then at the march. (RiRi even wore a pink tutu and shirt that read “this p***y grabs back” as she made her way to the march!). In short, the message is clear – it’s time to start wearing your heart on your sleeve, quite literally.
Vintage Denim Silhouettes
The denim world seems to be poised for yet another curve in its story, and this time, it’s taking its ‘70s throwback throwback from last year a step further. Skinny jeans out, vintage silhouetted denim at your service, ma’am.
It’s tormented shorter and curvier for a couple years now, but no longer will we be afraid of wearing bell bottoms this year. High-waisted, butt-hugging, bell-bottomed jeans that actually flare out and are distressed in the most retro way possible.
This, or what Alexa Chung recently predicted in an Elle interview: "We've had high waisted jeans, we've seen the heralding of the new bootcut back again. I'm so sorry to say this to you, but the only way forward is ultra-hipsters, you know? Like super-low cut, low-rider jeans, to the extreme.”
Erm, think we’ll stick with the bell bottoms, right?
Athleisure created a whole lot of noise when it first descended upon as a trend in late 2015 and early last year, but it’s not about to be shooed away just yet. Instead, the trend has organically grown to something way more than what it started with – say hello to athluxury, an elevated, tech-driven upgrade of the trend.
If athleisure was black leggings and a sweatshirt, athluxury is a high-performance, scientifically-designed pair of leggings and a sweat-proof sweatshirt created to beat the temperature levels in your city – for example, Lulu Lemon Lab’s futuristic gear, or District Vision’s sunglasses that match aesthetic with Japanese engineering.
Tory Burch’s elegant, country club-ready athletic apparel collection, Tory Sport, took the trend a couple notches higher, just like other brands such as A.P.C.’s chic workout wear with Outdoor Voices, and Tim Coppens for Under Armour. Geek out, fashionistas.
Luxe Phone Covers
Your house is on fire and you need to dash out ASAP – what’s the first thing you take with you? For most of us, it’s our phones (of course we’re not counting people). So it only makes sense that designers are realizing the phone cover is the number one accessory today, surpassing even the ‘it’ bag of the season or the trendiest shoes. A killer phone cover will always speak highly of you, whatever you might be wearing.
Jeremy Scott started the trend a few seasons ago with his kitschy Moschino cases, turning McDonald’s, Barbie and teddy bears into high fashion.
And this spring, Nicolas Ghesquière replaced Louis Vuitton’s classic bags with gorgeous monogrammed leather phone cases that look like mini luxury portmanteaus. Many more designer brands including Givenchy, Kate Spade, Stella McCartney, DSquared2, and Ted Baker have super cute, stylish cases to offer if you’re an enthusiast.