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.
From Left to Right: Moschino, Isabel Marant, Rodarte, Saint Laurent, Haider Ackermann
Style Notes: Did you not believe us last season? We predicted that the '80s trend was no passing one, and the proof was all over the S/S 17 catwalks. If Isabel Marant—our appointed queen of boho—has even stepped into the realm of high-shine fabrics and draped volume, you know this isn't a decade dip to be ignored.
The essence of the new '80s redux really lies in after-dark wares. You probably won't find much of the mood filtering into daywear, but when it comes to going out, there's much to play with, from silhouette-enhancing nipped waists fastened with giant belts to flirty hemlines balanced out by big shoulders. Crystal earrings and sky-high stilettos are key—and no one did them with more ferociousness than Saint Laurent's new creative director, Anthony Vaccarello.
From Left to Right: Loewe, Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, Hermès
Style Notes: Just don't call it minimalistic. There's so much more to the catwalk's beautiful antithesis to all of the mix 'n' match madness we've already spoken out. This brand of purism comes armed with subtle details to make even the simplest item (take a cardigan, for example) seem like the most exciting thing you've ever seen.
From tactile fabrics (micro-pleats through to earthy, luxe, comfortable hessian) designers from J.W.Anderson to Stella McCartney have also played with volume, shape and a seriously practical spectrum of utilitarian colours that go with literally everything you own already. If your fashion approach has always been "less is more," join the gang.
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