Spring/summer 2017’s fashion trends have stylists, buyers, editors and anyone else who is interested super-duper, spin-around-your-closet excited. Why? Well, it’s an inherently upbeat season. From the many no-holds-barred interpretations on the 1980s (think lamé, jumbo frills, shoulders, bling and legs) to the most saturated colour palette we’ve seen in a decade (fuschia, scarlet, heliotrope, hazmat, more fuschia!), joy is oozing from every stitch and every seam. Even stripes and florals—those two trusty pillars of the summer print lineup—are back with more bite, more verve and more tempting iterations to make you think again and look twice.
The spirit of the ’80s continues via the runway’s adoption of the more literal aesthetic codes as well as the decade’s DIY culture—this is a season where YOU make the rules. Want to be a punk princess in one of the hundreds of see-through, peekaboo dresses designers have dreamt up in clouds of tulle and embroidery? Then you can—every day of the week. Fancy the idea of wearing whatever, whenever and however you imagine it in that moment? Then the radical mix ‘n’ match styling seen at some of the most influential fashion houses on the block will give you the confidence to do so. Céline’s Phoebe Philo even went so far as to send her models out in mismatched shoes. Who knew?
So if you’ve ever thought that warm-weather trends were predictable as hell (yes, we all yawn when nautical rears its seafaring head), then this is going to change your outlook forever more. Keep reading to see our edit of the seven most important Spring/Summer 2017 fashion trends that will shape your wardrobe into a very happy place…
From Left to Right: Balenciaga, Roland Mouret, Max Mara, Emilia Wickstead, 3.1 Phillip Lim
Style Notes: At the S/S 17 shows, you will have seen more fashion editors wearing sunglasses indoors than ever before. Well, when you look at this rainbow of runway exits, can you blame them?
Pink—and lots of it—played a very bold part of the Paris Fashion Week schedule, with the likes of Balenciaga, Céline and Valentino all employing the most shocking shades of this pretty hue for demure dresses. Without frills, prints or girlish detailing, the power of pink was clear to see.
But if that isn’t your vibe, take your pick from the multicolour closet of S/S 17. From Kermit green to sunshine yellow, there’s only one rule: Wear LOTS of it.
Check out what colours to wear together this season with our handy guide!