Following the buyers briefing, below are the predicted trends we will see emerging for SS17. I will of course update these with my next blog following the SS17 catwalk shows.
Complimenting fashion brights will be neutral tones and more natural whites rather than bright white. Blue is set to be a big colour contender next season. Oranges like burnt and soft amber follow on from the 70’s trend we saw for 2016 and is predicted in block accents and solid applications. Golden yellow in strong mustard tones. Organic greens in moss, deep forest and golden olive will be an alternative to khaki.
Oversized Trench – Having a strong presence on the catwalks with the maxi duster this summer, the catwalk analytic report shows this trend rose 100% year on year from pre summer 16-17 and we are likely to see it in various colours and prints.
Statement Bomber – Following the Gucci effect, the souvenir bomber jacket is already predicted to be a big trend next year, with customisation and reversible styles adding a new twist. (NB Topshop Oxford st offer a service where they embroider slogan badges on your denim wear)
Pinafore Slip – Merging 2x styles: slip dress and pinafore we will see wider straps, tie traps and lace trims tapping into the popular prairie look that is set to continue.
Peasant Dress – A retake of the prarie dress with bell sleeves and gathered and wrap waistlines.
Crisp Shirt Dress – Menswear styling in crisp cotton and traditional shirt fabrics with self belt and tied fronts create the deconstructed look. The addition of bell sleeves takes a contemporary shape into summer wear.
Ruffle Blouse – Following from AW16 we will see ruffled blouses take center stage, working for both peasant blouses and romantic styles as well as structures and minimalist designs.
Boyfriend Tee – With the cross pollination of menswear, graphic tees are having a resurgence and were one of the ‘must-have’s’ for the pre summer collections. Worn with structured skirts, feminine dresses and heels for the boy meets girl look.
Classic Shirt – Classic menswear inspired shirt in a relaxed boyfriend fit or tucked expected in classic white and pinstripe.
Statement Mini – Luxe, embellished mini skirts pared with casual trainers, tops and graphic tees.
Wide Leg Trouser – Solid tones with side splits will be a new detail we are expecting for SS17.
Micro Flare – This is a trend that started this year and is expected to continue for ss17, especially in jeans. Expected with side splits, raw edging and ruffled hemlines adding variety.
Tie Detail – Fabric detailed knots or used as a fastening these will update tops and knitwear.
Paperbag Waistline – This is an important trend, used predominately in palazzo pants but equally for pencil skirts or shorts and will range from drawstring to wraparound styles.
Ladder Trims – Giving a more expensive look to the traditional lace. This is a trend that will work well for festival and summer dresses giving a subtle peek-a-boo effect.
Volume Sleeves – A trend we have seen emerging already following on from the 70’s, this trend will be softer for SS17 compared to the more structured styles for AW16.
Tassels and Fringing – A key detail taking a more artisan, hand crafted, global traveler approach.
Net – A big trend adding texture to dresses and tops where we will see net panel detail among lace (see image 2) and layers to give a contemporary look.
Embroidery – Japanese inspired tiger and floral embroidery inspired by the Gucci influence will be important for the souvenir jackets next year.
Chintzy Florals – Bloom’s will be lead by large hand painted roses and delicate light daises, both densely packed in dispersed designs.
Digital Tropics – Focusing on foliage in sophisticated looks in bright complex shapes seen against dark backgrounds with high shine finishes. In a contract to this year for SS17 look to Acne (middle pic) for fashion lead print clashing in a ‘more is more’ approach.
Stripes – Pinstripes, pencil stripes and London stripes leading the trends in classic white, blue and grey not only on shirts but dresses and beachwear as well.
Bold Graphic Stripes – From deckchair to bayadere strips these will be seen in bright and mid tone shades.
Babouche – Slipper and mules have become popular so this is a new direction
Slides – Softer more tactile direction in suede and sheerling and herringbone decoration.
Ballet Slippers – Influenced by Miu Miu with metal hardwear and miss-matched ribbons will be an important footwear shape.
Soft Strap Sandles – With subtle leather cork and wrap ankle straps that are thicker and wider than past seasons.
Chunky Mule – Classic black but also metallic’s, nodding to the 60’s trend influenced by Gucci in their pre summer 16.
Wrapped Espadrilles – With ribbon fastenings and embellishments as seen by Oscar de la Renta.
Menswear Mule – Open back styles and clean lines influenced by Gucci’s fur line version that is already favoured by fashion editors.
Colourful Craft – From gladiators to strappy heels they will adopt a full rainbow spectrum with various embellishments such as tassels.
Luxe Skaters – A popular trend updated with frayed detail following the boat wear referenced seen by the likes of Calvin Klein. Or tied and knotted versions like Ports 1961.
Layered multiple necklaces, chokers (A trend we have seen emerge for SS16), multiple stacked rings, cats eye sunglasses, placement tassels and contemporary saddle bags.