Fashion is all about creativity, innovation and being daring. This is what we expect to see in 2017 but of course there are new trends that will take over the runway. Fashion experts have made their predictions and it is only a matter of time to see if the predictions will come true or they will be overtaken by what we do not know yet. It is definite that some things will be in while others will be out.
IN: “Stripes are the equivalent to what a white t-shirt used to be back in the day,” says Roopal Patel, fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue. “They have nine lives. We’ve seen the trend now for two to three seasons and it will continue to carry forward.”
IN: “Sneakers will continue to be extremely popular in the upcoming year,” advises Gennie Yi, Intermix’s buyer of designer and ready-to-wear. “Because of their versatility, you can never have too many. Glitter, leopard, and satin updates to sneakers effortlessly dress up an outfit and give you a reason to buy multiple pairs.”
IN: “There is a new attitude shift toward ‘easy elegance’ going into spring 2017,” says Brooke Jaffe, Bloomingdale’s OVP and fashion director of ready-to-wear. “The influence of athletic-inspired pieces will continue.”
There is a lot of disruption to how things were done traditionally. This disruption has been brought about by the millennials. These are the same people who have also disrupted the fashion industry. The main aim of designers now is coming up with styles that will stick even in an ever demanding digital age. There are designers who have been predicted to be at the forefront of dressing the millennial generation.
Raf Simons is the new Calvin Klein.
The fashion world’s favorite rumor proved true in August when it was confirmed that Raf Simons would be the new head honcho at Calvin Klein. The Belgian’s arrival stateside cements a new chapter in American fashion, with brands like Marc Jacobs, Coach 1941, Proenza Schouler, and presumably Calvin under Simons adopting the spectacle, craftsmanship, and drama associated with European fashion. What’s more is that Simons’s own aesthetics line up well with those of Calvin Klein—always on the hunt for the throbbing heartbeat of youth culture, be it in music, art, or beauty. In short, Simons’s appointment at Calvin Klein is one of fashion’s best matches—and something worth looking forward to in 2017.
Athluxury is the new athleisure.
If the word athleisure makes you grimace, fret not. The omnipresent black legging and midi sport top may well be on their way out, at least if Tory Burch has a say. The designer’s collection of elegant, country club–ready athletic apparel, Tory Sport, took athletic clothing and elevated it to a level worthy of the “Burchgeoisie,” as a friend calls Tory and her clan of well-clad fans and followers. Where Burch has prodded, other designers have followed, too: See A.P.C.’s chic workout wear with Outdoor Voices and Tim Coppens’s downtown cool collections for Under Armour.
Most of the times when people hear the word fashion they will always associate it with women but men too are involved. There is a lot of growing interest in men’s fashion. This has even caught the eye of the industry’s greatest talents. So we can expect new things for the men too.
An anomaly for the colder months when sombre hues typically reign, a huge number of designers injected their collections with neon brights. From graphic hoodies and psychedelic knits at Topman to fluoro yellow tees and fur-trimmed jackets at Liam Hodges, it looks like investing in toxic tones is set to be one of your greatest sartorial investments of the year. Also seen at Christopher Shannon and J.W.Anderson.
Aside from Matthew Miller who opted for standard biker and aviator styles, most designers sent atypical takes on leather down the runway. From boxy, short styles swathed in clear Perspex buttons to full length, cinched-in robes à la Neo from The Matrix, designers like Xander Zhou, Agi & Sam and Ximon Lee bested the traditional rules of leather garb.