My outfit edits have become a seasonal stable. And guess what, is that time of the year for yet another one; the first for the AW17 season! As an inspiration, I am using a term I have learned to dislike; ‘athleisure’, and I see how ‘athleisure’ will evolve in the upcoming seasons.
I am frequently asked “what is the future of ‘athleisure’”? Two things to keep in mind: styles with performance-inspired detailing are not going anywhere any time soon. ‘Sporty’ references will remain relevant and continue to inform the way we will dress for a few more seasons.
However, I believe that what we will be seeing more of, will be more playful combinations; sporty references unconventionally injected in our outfit choices. Forget the binary opposition between sporty and dressy; all will be mixed and creatively layered. Think high-shine silk skirts worn with hoodies, and sequinned tops with ‘pyjama’ trousers. Once again, we will express ourselves by ‘blending’ clothes that are not supposed to go together; merging day with night, and exercising with cocktail hour.
Be ahead of the curve and check below 6 ‘blending’ looks I have put together using what’s brand new in stores.
Clockwise: Natasha Zinko cropped cotton-blend sweatshirt with hood; MSGM wool-blend sweater (to be worn under sweatshirt); Chloé leather and suede backpack; Marco de Vincenzo plaited detail leather trainers; Public School silk pleated skirt; Aurelie Bidermann 18K gold & sapphire necklace
Inclusiveness is one of the biggest buzz words in fashion right now. It is ridiculous that in 2017 ‘inclusiveness’ is a notion we even have to bring up. Attitudes have changed but we are not there yet. Let’s be honest, accepting is one thing, including a completely different matter. Most of us accept that there are ‘different ways’ however, not many of us are willing to include them in our decision making.
When it comes to race, sexual and religious orientation, age, and embracing various body shapes, fashion industry has a lot of work to do, and a lot to answer for. Yes, many designers, brands and retails have started to consider it but I still get the feeling it is more of a ticking the box situation rather than an actual change of philosophy and strategy. For a big buzz word such as this, it is strange that such little progress has been made.
Did you have time to compile a list yet? Have you decided what you will invest in? You have just enough time to do your research and narrow it down to that really special AW17 piece.
According to analysts, one of the current biggest retail consumer tendencies is ‘research and then investment’; thoroughly looking through all options and spending a tiny bit more if it is justified. Throw-away fashion is polling worse and worse each year. Younger consumers especially, prefer making an informed choice; even when looking for a plain white t-shirt; the quality of cotton, its production processes, and its design detailing are factors as important to them as price.
So, to make your decision about what you will invest in for AW17 even more difficult, why don’t you check below my favourite AW17 knitwear, outerwear, trousers, shirts, tops and skirts?
With the plethora of amazing overcoats on offer, this is the best season for you to choose a statement coat – are Marco de Vincenzo’s and Katrantzou’s printed coats big enough of a statement for you?
Longer lengths continue to be relevant and leather is becoming a major material for the season (mental note coloured leather is resurfacing); check out those Matrix-like overcoats by Li and Theyskens. If leather is not for you, why don’t you go for checks; especially Prince of Wales checks?
Major trend alert: oversized pockets are everywhere this season!
Fun-factor: the Chewbacca jackets
My favourite look: cropped saturated-blue biker jackets; nailing two trends in one go.
AW17 product is being delivered to shops near you as we speak. It doesn’t matter if you are not ready, or that you are currently only interested in discounted SS17 clothes. This is how the industry works. To get you in the mood for the new season, I have gone through all AW17 catwalks and selected styles that look fresh, but also have some life in them. What do I mean by that? Simple; this is a list of directions that will be hot this winter and remain relevant for seasons to come.
In this first part of my AW17 must-haves report I include my favourite dresses, denim product, suits, prints and accessories. My methodology was simple; I went through 3K photos and looked for investment pieces with a point of difference, and of course pieces I liked. No one said this was a democratic process!
Day-to-night is no longer an incomprehensible concept. Designers nailed the perfect shape and fabrications that can take women from office to that hot, newly-opened restaurant. Buy one in checks, with long sleeves and in longer length. Extra brownie points if you go for mix-media fabrications, or invest in a dress in thicker ponte, backloop sweatshirt or bonded fabrications. Want more to excite you, oh, I got more: be daring and wear an all over sequinned midi. Sequins are not only for weddings. Dress them down with a denim jacket or a cropped biker and you are onto a winner.
Investment for the Future: Anything with vertical slashes and that 1940s shape championed by Bottega Veneta. We are only just beginning dipping our toe into the 40s pool…
My favourite look: Pay attention to those oversized pockets – and ask yourself who needs a handbag when you have these pockets?