Runways the world over were full of playfully flirtatious collections this past fashion month, taken up a notch with edgy, contemporary details for Spring/Summer 2017. Angled silhouettes, free-spirited frocks and eclectic in-your-face prints were just some of the themes, blending feminine with fierce looks for the upcoming seasons. And with that in mind, here are the leading trends that fashionistas will be packing this spring.
Ruffles were fluttering down runways near and far, making it a fun fashion for warmer days. J. Crew, Isabel Marant, Brock Collection, and many others simply slayed with the prettiest ruffles for spring and summer. From stiff cotton blouses with ruffled details to oversized asymmetrical ruffles on evening gowns, designers whole-heartedly embraced this feminine feature.
Lacy high necklines, girlish layers, and bowed neckties gave many collections a sense of old world charm and romance. While Rihanna's anticipated Fenty x Puma collection embraced Victorian laciness with an athletic edge, Erdem kept it delicate with embroidered lace, chiffon, and lacquered floral dresses.
A little shoulder
The exposed shoulder trend isn’t going anywhere just yet. Cut-outs paired with halter necklines and gorgeous off-the-shoulder or asymmetrical necklines were playful and effortless for spring. Vestige Story featured flowing midi dresses with exposed shoulders, while Vionnet wowed us with a show-stopping one-shouldered gown with pleated layers.
The bra top
The croptop has shruk a size! If that makes you shudder, remember this trend is often paired with something high-waisted, giving wearers the opportunity to bare their midriff without sharing it all. Done right, this trend is contemporary and flirtatious. Tory Burch showcased romantic floral bra tops while Victoria Beckham kept it edgy with plunging bra tops in deep, dark hues.
For those ready to break away from their minimalist confines, we saw an explosion of bold prints (think tropical, floral, and abstract) and colours (neon greens, yellows, and pinks). Alex S. Yu didn’t disappoint with bold and bright graphic prints, Roksanda Ilinic wowed us with horse and floral printed skirts, while Christopher Kane featured quirky bold patterns alongside classic leopard prints.
Sheer blouses, skirts, and trousers were sexy and subtle, giving glimpses of skin. From fully transparent to filmy fabrics, this trend was absolutely everywhere. Chloé featured sheer fabrics in subtle shirt and sailor dresses, Lee Atelier turned heads with transparent blouses paired with crisp collars and cuffs, followed by Simone Rocha who featured sheer skirts and dresses with ruffles, lace, and eyelet hemlines.
On the fringe
We just love fringe looks for festival season; the free-spirited embellishment instantly adds a boho-meets-rebel edge to any look. From Coach 1941 to Anna Sui, fringe was a playful addition to wild west inspired frocks, suits, and statement jackets.