Photographer Annie Deptula headed to New York Fashion Week to cover the latest styles to hit the runway. Take a front row seat to the hottest fashion trends for spring and summer 2017.
Let’s be honest. We’ve all dreamed of walking around all day in our pajamas … so here is your hall pass. Sleepwear has become a top trend to wear out. While this officially became a trend a few seasons back, this year the look transforms into a more glamorous iteration. Think Hollywood glamour: silk robes, flowing pajama pants, transparent fabrics and luxurious nightgowns. You can pull off this look for day by wearing flat sandals to dress it down.
We are once again borrowing the metallic trend from decades before and adopting it for 2017. Models were seen up and down the runway draped and sculpted in liquid metal—looking like glittery walking mermaids. The color range was not limited to classic gold and silver, but in all colors. This look is very reminiscent of the 1970s Studio 54 nightclub scene.
Designers used sequins and lots of lamé this season and even incorporated prints into the fabric, as seen at the Monique Lhuillier show.
The Look of Romance
A lot of the top houses turned to romancing the runways like a modern-day fairytale. The looks were jaw-dropping, as models walked in long, sheer, flowing skirts. Some designers upped the ante by incorporating embellishments such as feathers, sequins and floral appliqués. The look was modernized this season by revealing skin through sheer fabrics, plunging necklines and off-the-shoulder cuts. Obviously not for everyday wear, this would be the perfect look to wear to a spring or summer wedding.
The designers were definitely scissor-happy this season, as cutouts were prolific on the runway—seen in all styles of dress, from street wear to formal attire. The winner for the most flattering and favored cutout is still the shoulder cutout. This is not a new trend but one that is surely sticking around, and maybe that’s a good thing because—unlike the crop-top trend—most people can wear it.
Take a Bow
Bows have made a comeback this season. Last season’s entry was the pussy-bow blouse and the wrapped-up-around-the-neck choker, bolo tie-style. Designers have been busy creating other usages for the bow. The bow has now moved south, either tied around the waist in all shapes and sizes or constructed to be the main focus somewhere unexpected. Time to tie one on.
Play on Panels
Designers were getting playful with patterns and panels. One of the top trends was the use of paneling across asymmetrical skirts, tops and leggings. Jill Stuart made this a major component of her show by incorporating an arty pop look using color block themes and geometrical prints across all styles and fabrics. She mixed this look with subtle polka-dot prints, which made it fun and different. Be brave and bold this season and give it a try.
Slits were being placed everywhere on the runways. We have been seeing the side slit up the thigh for the past couple seasons. For this season designers have gravitated to cutting multiple slits in their gowns—showing off legs in the most beautiful and unexpected way. Usually gowns restrict movement, but these multiple cuts allow women to move more fluidly and freely. The most inventive use this season is the shoulder slit. This was seen on the runways, even in some suiting where the jacket was made more like a cape to free the arms.
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