Spring / Summer 2017 trends reflect the many facets of the contemporary woman: feminine and romantic but also bold and surprising. Inspirations from the past or ethnic exoticisms, from graphic elements and bright colours such as fuchsia, yellow and orange sometimes paired with more traditional ones, such as white, black and neutral tones.
Dresses, the true protagonists of the season, rediscover the lightheartedness of the Vichy fabric in red, black and blue at M.S.G.M. and Dondup, in pastel variations at Herno and Altuzarra, while Ports 1961, Marco De Vincenzo and Proenza Schouler play with multicolored striped jersey. Short dresses feature 60s psychedelic prints at Missoni, Mary Katranzou and Emilio Pucci, while Dolce & Gabbana, Dior and John Galliano's knee-length dresses have polka dot prints that bring us back to the 50s idea of femininity. Cocktail dresses are short and one-shoulder at Saint Laurent and Rochas, with impressive sculptural sleeves at Isabel Marant and Stella McCartney. They are lightweight, transparent babydolls at Diesel Black Gold and Chloé, Kenzo and Louis Vuitton opt for gold and silver Lurex.
Evening dresses spark the imagination of fashion designers and satisfy every taste. They revisit the 1920s style and feature fringes at Marco De Vincenzo, are in pleated embroidered or laminated tulle at Wunderkind, Vionnet and Valentino. They have layers of ruffles that make them rich and fluffy at Alexander McQueen, Giambattista Valli and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. Altuzarra’s and Valentino’s delicately embroidered evening dresses look like blooming bouquets while Salvatore Ferragamo, Tory Burch and Michael Kors prefer small floral prints. Roberto Cavalli and Balmain.
Jackets are ideal to perfect a look, both for the day and the evening. Blazers recall the 80s with oversized shoulders and silhouettes for Balenciaga, Celine and Jil Sander. Casual jackets are waterproof and shocking pink at Versace, they have great pockets at Loewe and Marni, a military look of bygone days in the fitted jackets with frog buttons at Dsquared2, Fay and Sacai. Denim jackets have Victorian styled necks at Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini and cut sleeves at Phillip Lim. Tailored jackets have layered multicolored fringes at Elisabetta Franchi and Hermés, while Isabel Marant and Fendi choose brocade.
Among coats, trench coats play a key role: in a destructed version and new colors, with applications and precious details from Burberry, Prada and Bottega Veneta. Leather coats have dark colors and glossy or opaque finishes for Miu Miu and Nina Ricci.
Tops and tank tops by Alberta Ferretti, Blumarine tend to be very short and are worn with high waist skirts or trousers, while Dries Van Noten's and N°21's tops feature mesh. T-shirts have a rebellious spirit at Coach and Alexander McQueen and are sportier at Stella McCartney. Sweatshirts are mainly hooded and feature soft colors at Vetements and melange at Moschino. Shirts become experimental, asymmetrical and one shoulder at Aquilano Rimondi, long-sleeved at Jil Sander and Marni. More classical are the striped shirts by Ermanno Scervino and Etro and the embroidered ones for the evening by Giorgio Armani.
Round neck summer knitwear is enlivened with animal prints at Max Mara, Coach e Gucci, floral prints characterize the cardigans by Blumarine and Blugirl, while boat necks by Missoni and N° 21 are multicolored and feature lurex stripes.
Skirts are very feminine, in 1950s style with floral prints by Fendi and Bottega Veneta, with deep slits by Giorgio Armani and siren-styled by Salvatore Ferragamo. Long skirts are in lace and have large pockets at Alberta Ferretti, ethnic or exotic motifs at N ° 21, Dolce & Gabbana and Rochas, while they are perfect for an evening out in the plissé versions by Genny, Paul Smith ed Emanuel Ungaro.
The latest trends in women’s trousers feature high waist at Alexander Wang and Tibi, inspired by parachuting. Anteprima, Bottega Veneta and Fendi opt for important volumes, applied pockets and Capri-style lengths. Striped prints are much seen in Lantern's and Les Copains's palace trousers and the tailored ones by Lanvin and Ermanno Scervino. Women’s shorts are large and soft at Alberta Ferretti and feature sailor style, with front buttons, at Dolce & Gabbana and Chloé.
Even the comfortable jumpsuits are part of SS17 wardrobe: in the utility version for Calvin Klein and Annarita N and in black for Brunello Cucinelli and Missoni.
Jeans feature low rise at Fay and Roberto Cavalli, delavé effects at Gucci, rips at Alexander Wang, while Dsquared2 embellish them with crystals, prints, and applications.
Beachwear, a real seasonal must-have, plays with 50s-styled jewels for Miu Miu and with the 60s in Missoni's knitted swimwear, while on the catwalks of Emilio Pucci and Anya Hindmarch we have seen neon colours and technical fabrics and special effects and jazzy prints on that of Moschino.