TREND REPORT: SPRING/SUMMER 2017

TREND REPORT: SPRING/SUMMER 2017

When it comes to the sartorial start over, there’s no one we trust more for the low down than Fashion Editor Harriet Quick. Get ready for trend overload.


THINK PINK

Pink has emerged as the colour of modern femininity. It displays as many qualities as women themselves, whether in soft blush tones, provocative, flirtatious fuchsia or wistful old-rose hues. Designers are embracing pink with a passion, from Chloé’s signature blush and Balenciaga’s bubblegum brights to Prada’s knowingly kitsch candy shades. The newest way to wear it is uncompromisingly in head-to-toe tonal layers. Seek out pink tailoring to replace monotones; baby-doll dresses with matching shoes; pussy bow blouses and cropped trousers, and even WAG-style tracksuits. Pink speaks volumes about optimism and that’s what we need right now.

80s GLAM

The era that delivered power shoulders, Working Girl miniskirts, slinky body-con dressing and a whole lot of lamé is back. A generation of designers who were toddlers at the time are pillaging the stylistic memes of the sex, power and glamour decade and reprising that exuberance for now. What this trend requires is guts and daring. Mini skirts will feel naked after seasons of flowing lines, just as bold shoulders will seem alien. Yet the confidence-boosting benefits are manifold. Look back to the icons of the era for inspiration from the supermodels in Alaïa to Nan Kempner’s taste for boxy tailoring and Paloma Picasso’s flamboyant big earrings and taste for Saint Laurent.

STATEMENT SLEEVES

One of the best hacks for spring style is adopting big, voluminous sleeves. There’s a whole lexicon of shapes to consider from trumpet sleeves that burst out from the elbow like tulip flowers to theatrical leg-o-mutton lines that billow out from the shoulder and tighten in on the lower arm, and sweet, peasant-style drawstring blouses. If you prefer more tailored lines, search for men’s shirts with French cuffs that can be worn open and down to the knucklebone.

RAVE DELUXE

Those brilliantly hedonistic days of rave and ‘Madchester’ are filtering through to fashion, with creative talents as diverse as Miuccia Prada at Miu Miu and Fashion Award Emerging Talent winner Molly Goddard seizing upon the baggy style, the neon brights and, above all, the DIY spirit that defined the dance revolution.
Tune into the pieces including floor-grazing baggy trousers and tracksuit tops; tie-dye and mesh T-shirts; satin trainers; neon sports bras and bomber jackets, and pile it on in layers. Add a cotton hat, a rucksack and find a dance party to lift your spirits up and away.

ACCESSORIES TO COVET

When it comes to those desirable ‘extras’, it is all about mixing not matching. Start with earrings and consider wearing mismatched pieces (whether in silver or crystal, they should look like cousins not strangers). For feet, follow the lead of Céline and Hillier Bartley and wear different colours on your left and right foot. This requires buying two pairs of the same style but oh there’s fun to be had in this eccentric style spin. Glammed-up Crocs, pool slides and flatform trekking sandals will boost your holiday wardrobe; while for the everyday, kitten heels are back. This bonsai-sized heel adds a little extra kick to tailoring and looks so cute after seasons of chunky shapes. Whatever way you adorn yourself, let individuality rule.




Spring Trends

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Diane von Furstenberg Toranga pink dress
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Diane von Furstenberg
RRP €570 Village price €342
Toranga pink dress
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David Clulow Prada sunglasses
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David Clulow
RRP €189 Village price €125
Prada sunglasses
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Prada sunglasses
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Ted Baker Yanka dress
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Ted Baker
RRP €250 Village price €129
Yanka dress
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Yanka dress
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Furla Artesia large tote
Furla
RRP €575 Village price €345
Artesia large tote
Ted Baker Ammber black tote
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Ted Baker
RRP 195 Village price €115
Ammber black tote
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Furla Artesia large tote in yellow
Furla
RRP €495 Village price €297
Artesia large tote in yellow
Furla Allegra small bauletto bag
Furla
RRP €330 Village price €214
Allegra small bauletto bag
Furla Mini Julia bag in petalo
Furla
RRP €260 Village price €159
Mini Julia bag in petalo
Furla mini Julia bag
Furla
RRP €260 Village price €159
Mini Julia bag
L.K.Bennett Betsey suede bucket bag
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L.K.Bennett
RRP €385 Village price €265
Betsey suede bucket bag
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L.K.Bennett Fianna suede ankle boots
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L.K.Bennett
RRP €450 Village price €300
Fianna suede ankle boots
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L.K.Bennett Amira suede shoes
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L.K.Bennett
RRP €365 Village price €243
Amira suede shoes
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Louise Kennedy Aubrey coat with fur collar
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Louise Kennedy
RRP €2,995 Village price €1,595
Aubrey coat with fur collar
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Ted Baker Erianne black purse
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Ted Baker
RRP €110 Village price €65
Erianne black purse
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Diane von Furstenberg Philippa pink coat
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Diane von Furstenberg
RRP €829 Village price €497
Philippa pink coat
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The Kooples Black leather skirt with buttons
The Kooples
RRP €295 Village price €175
Black leather skirt
Reiss Elisa ruffle top
Reiss
RRP €190 Village price €60
Elisa ruffle top
Karen Millen Blue dress with tie detail
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Karen Millen
RRP €225 Village price €150
Blue dress with tie detail
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