In volume two of my Spring Summer 2017 emerging trends analysis, I concentrate on dresses, outwear and knitwear. These are the three key product categories that monopolise companies’ development budgets exactly because they are usually the best performing categories.
Keeping with this season’s ‘anything goes’ direction, dresses came long, short, tight, voluminous, romantic, punky, sporty, evening-ready. Yes, a bit of everything! Similarly, outerwear came in a big variety addressing different dress-styles and lifestyles; a few styles were mature, others were very young. Knitwear was less prominent this season Vs previous seasons. Fewer pieces were shown, and those that did make it onto the runways were not game changers. But let’s see what I think was cool, and which trend still has a bit of life in it.
Sheer panels and peek-a-boo teasing continued this season, with Victoriana touches still used to create an “out of this world” mood. Shirt dresses were still viable options as many women find them a cool alternative to the structured work dress. There were also cold-shoulder dresses around, wrap dresses, slip dresses…yawn
Vanessa Ives approves
Eva Green in Showtime’s horror series Penny Dreadful was exceptional. I bet you anything fashion designers all over the world have watched the series and were saddened to hear season 3 was the last one. Result? “Black magic dresses” as an homage to Ms Ives or to the cast of American Horror Story’s cast of Coven (season 3). The latter a much lighter version of darkness, suitable for pop culture princesses! Preen captured this mood perfectly.