Wishful Thinking: A Spring Fashion Fever Dream
I am so excited for spring! Particularly since Mother Nature decided to dump 2 feet of snow on the Northeast this past week. Though I am a child of winter, it is not my favorite season. Sure I love drapey coats, boots, layers, and fluffy sweaters, but the reality of winter tends to be a lot less cozy and glam. Normally I end up wearing my rain boots for two months through the snow and its melting period (ick), and have crazy dry skin that is constantly catchy on said sweaters.
I’ve been pouring over the Spring/Summer 2017 collections from innumerable designers in anticipation. Technically these collections were shown last fall, around October, and Fall 2017 New York Fashion Week has pretty much just finished up. It’s almost worse than Target’s seasonal merchandise offerings (they were already selling swimsuits when I was there in the second week of January. JANUARY PEOPLE). This is all to say that I’m a little behind the times, but ~c’est la vie~ as the French would say, or ~fuck it~ as I would say, I want to pour over Spring fashions and I’m dragging you down with me.
As I flipped through the images of various designers, I started to notice several patterns and styles cropping up, which is largely how I’ve organized this post. Scroll through at your leisure and enjoy the photos I’ve pulled quite illegally from Vogue’s website (THANKS VOGUE PLEASE DON’T SUE ME).
It seems that bold prints, lots of textures, slick lines, and a touch of whimsy are the name of the game this season.
Here are a few of my favorite ~looks~ from the various spring/summer shows:
The Secret Garden
“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” -- Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada
It wouldn’t be spring fashion without a few flowers thrown in, now would it? This year, though, there are a lot of really fresh takes on the tried and true pattern. From sophisticated and graphic prints, to delicate muted floating appliqués, to tiny but bright modern clusters, to big but understated stylizations, there is a floral out there for everybody this season.
Bright Young Things
Think bold patterns, bright primary and secondary colors in vibrant neon and jewel hues. Create an eye catching monochrome look, or color outside the lines by combining through color-blocking. There’s nothing boring about these audacious shades.
21st Century Flapper
Drop waists, sophisticated fringe, and intricate beadwork is making a comeback. These modern ingénues are the picture of luxury, but in a carefree way. The 21st century flapper flits around the poshest spots in the city by day, but is ready to go out dancing as soon as the sun sets. Speakeasy recommended, but not required.
Whimsical prints, tapestry like scenes, and doodle-like images are the elegant and fun. Leave your boring old paisley and polka dot prints in the drawer, and opt for intricately detailed scenes or one-of-a-kind, playful drawings to cover your clothing.
This chic girl is the picture of elite grace during the day (think Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly), and makes her debut in classic confections (think Grace Kelly, but as Princess of Monaco). Classic silhouettes, feminine details, delicate fabric, and a perfect fit are what you’re looking for here.
Lots of ladies were rocking the monochrome look this season. While wearing a single bright color is an undeniably bold look (see ~bright young things~ above), donning a single neutral can both soft and daring. A monochrome outfit is also a great medium to play with textures, like the slinky, liquid fabric of Marchesa’s all-black number, or the floral textures on the sheer white Giambattista-Valli piece.
This is one of my favorite looks from this season, and though it was mainly something I saw in Dior’s collections, I wanted to mention it because I think it’s so fun and beautiful. The celestial motifs of these outfits are made more delicate and ethereal by the flowing, and often sheer, fabric. I’m particularly fond of the combination of sheer starry skirts with simple, delicate star-print sweaters. It’s so simple, elegant, and different. I still enjoyed Balenciaga’s star-print pant suit, though it read much more futuristic than Dior’s soft and floating confections.
Revenge of the 80s
Well friends, the 80s are back, and they are back with a vengeance. For better or for worse is up to you to decide. Expect high waisted, tapered pants, and lots of padded shoulders this season. While I don’t mind some of the more understated 80s retro styles, the more outrageously colored and patterned looks are a bit much for my tastes.
The Orient Express
Pardon the name, but I didn’t want to be so vulgar as ~Asian Themed~. While there are a lot of beautiful pieces that seem to be inspired by East Asian imagery and art style, I can’t say that I’m particularly comfortable with this trend. It’s gorgeous, yes, but also a kind of appropriative. Nevertheless, I present a few looks for your perusal, but also implore you all to consider the cultural and social ramifications of stealing art styles and imagery from other cultures.
Hey Now Hey Now
THIS IS WHAT DREEEEEEEAMS ARE MADE OF. And by “dreams”, I mean all of your Lizzie-McGuire-mistaken-for-an-Italian-popstar-singing-at-the-Colosseum dreams, which have come true in the shimmery, feather-trimmed looks that have cropped up this season. That’s right folks, book that Lufthansa ticket to Rome, and sing your little Disney channel hearts out.
Mod Muses and Good Girls Revolt
I end with some choice looks inspired by the mid-20th century, an era of fashion that I’m quite fond of. Gucci has several looks that seemed to pop straight out of the prematurely canceled Amazon show, “Good Girls Revolt”, with their 70’s office attire inspiration. Miu Miu seems to have gone for a look from a few years earlier, the 60s, complete with miniskirts and bright mod graphic prints.
Here are some recurring, but more general, trends that seem like they’re gonna be big this spring and summer:
Waist Not Want Not
High waists are here to stay for a while, and I can’t say that I’m not pleased. I think they’re just so flattering.
Pairing hyper feminine or hyper glamorous pieces, with everyday or even edgy pieces is an easy recipe to get that Cool Girl™ look.
Harness your inner Southern Belle, layer up on your ruffles, and the gentlemen callers will be lining up. *Why, I do declare!*
Roses are Red
This particular floral seems to be coming up rosy this season. Big, bright, and very red.
Queen of Hearts
Speaking of Roses...OFF WITH THEIR HEADS. Heart motifs are showing up quite a bit -- they can be sweet, graphic, or downright creepy.
Paint the Town Red
Red is big this year. That classic crayon red is the most popular, but isn’t for everyone. Find a shade that suits your skin tone, and go forth.
Gold metallics, liquid gold, gold lamé...gold, gold, gold. It’s all over the place, it’s instant lux, it’s instant cool. I’m all for it.
Literally, Just Pajamas
Need I say more...
Black and White
This classic pairing of polarities is striking and super easy to pull together with things you probably already have in your closet!
Two piece sets, particularly those that show a little midriff, are having a moment. A great option for summer, you can show as much or as little skin as you like.
Statement sleeves are this year’s off-the-shoulder tops. Go big or go home.
Sheer is *everywhere* this season. Wear it with something underneath, or not, it’s up to you.
Honorable mentions go to:
Miu Miu’s Swimsuits
And, just for kicks, here are a few of my favorite pieces that didn’t find a place anywhere else:
I think my favorite SS17 collections were Dior, Giambattista Valli, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta, and Valentino. There’s a lot to look forward to and be inspired by in the warmer months of 2017 (which will hopefully be upon us very very soon. *Please*). If the looks and trends that caught my eye fall flat, I encourage you to head over to Vogue’s website and peruse all the SS17 collections they have available for viewing! There are so many talented designers whose work I couldn’t sift through for time’s sake, so go explore and get inspired! Happy spring, and as always, let’s chat!