I attended London’s press days to have a closer look at the next seasons, AW17 collections. Fashion PR companies hold press days twice a year for stylist and media where they can view the collections after they are shown at the fashion weeks. I’ve listed top 5 trends in women’s and menswear that I feel were most prominent in the collections.
AW17 Womenswear trends top 5
1. Aristocrat Lady
Ultra romantic, soft ladylike long-line silhouettes. Delicate aristocratic styles in vintage feel were combined with artisanal items. The styles come in sweet and harmonious colour palette in delicate hues. Complex fabric such as embroideries and appliqué placements were used for understated glamour.
2. Power suit
Contradictory to the feminine styles, androgynous is another aesthetic dominating in AW17. Designers used strong silhouette inspired by menswear. Oversized, loose shapes are applied with a utilitarian edge. Jackets with broad shoulders are layered with soft trousers.
The Retro trend continues strong from the past two seasons. The styles are drawing inspiration from the 1960s and 1970s. Rich colours are applied in retro nuances. Fabrics like corduroy and tweed are common together with flower and check print fabrics.
This seasons take on party wear is glamorous yet sophisticated and contemporary. Feminine, stylish and seductive silhouttes. Metallics, satins and velvet were incorporated in glamourous shapes.
· Wild west
· Long maxi dresses
Many collections drew inspiration from the wild west. Boyish cowgirl styles were seen together with more feminine long-sleeved maxi dresses. Bolo tie inspired neckpieces were frequently seen in modern styles.
AW17 Menswear trends top 5
1. 90’s sport
Sportswear continues to be a popular inspiration to the menswear AW17 collections blurring the lines between streetwear and performance sportswear. Casual, sporty message is delivered by coordinate sets and tracksuits. Big retro logos and technical fabrics were commonly seen.
Similarly to the women’s trend, retro theme continues thorough menswear as well. Classic materials such as corduroy and velvet are seen in browns, olives and other earthly tones. Luxurious elements are further communicated through touches of jewel tones, such as jade green.
The quilted looks are a gift to those seeking comfort and warmth. The style is strongly seen especially in the European collections. The traditional outerwear fabric is applied in tops and pants as well as in jackets.
One of the most prominent colours in the menswear collections is an intense orange. Taking cues from military accents and work wear, the colour brings a bold statement in jersey and outwear.
5. Grunge checks
Taking a more sophisticated take on the last seasons patch worked patterns, the grunge style is built through check and stripes which are repeatedly used in tops and jackets.