2017 is here, and while current temperatures are not precisely inviting to think about our summer wardrobe, what we can actually do is start getting inspired by the upcoming season collections.
Spring arrives not with a radical change in trends, but as an evolution to what we've been seeing throughout 2016. The re-invention of utilitarian clothing, for example, comes in the previous khaki and neutral tones, but this time they come with a more polished and simplified look. Inspiration on the 80s and 90s remains in the imaginary of these new collections, as well as the game between shapes and volumes.
Let's take a look to what fashion has prepared for us this spring-summer 2017.
SPRING PRINTS: STRIPES AND FLOWERS
Stripes is one of the favorite prints for the season and we have seen it in practically every collection out there. Chloé, like every season, shows a romantic, feminine and airy collection. Her take on the spring stripes is more of a nautical approach, complementing this with floral motifs and appliques on dresses and tops, giving the whole collection a flair of innocence and sweetness. Demna Gvasalia on his spring proposal for Balenciaga, also includes stripes in different variations for this season like black and white or blue and cherry red, with a clear inspiration in masculine shirts and pijamas. As for accessories, the bazaar bag takes special relevance, coming in various sizes and colors. Also, for this collection they introduce denim pieces, caps and sweatshirts with the brand logo, something not done before.
Lanvin, with the arrival of Bouchra Jarrar and her debut as creative director, has brought freshness and new ideas to the maison. Sophisticated dresses incorporating floral motifs, superimposition of pieces, flowy silhouettes, a lot of see-through and of course, stripes. Her take on them: diplomatic style on pants, tops and blazers. Black, white and gold is strong on accessories and footwear.
Isabel Marant, does 'cool French' as no one else, and brings a more romantic and provocative collection than usual. Transition clothes, spontaneous and easy to wear that include fireman-style jumpsuits, flowing dresses and slouchy pants with -of course- stripes or flowers. Sonia Rykiel, recently departed this year, evokes warm, windy days in her spring collection. A middle ground between París and her native and beautiful Provence she combines sophisticated clothes with others in a more utilitarian style. We also find airy silhouettes and lighter fabrics in fine-striped dresses and clothes in ethnic styles with white flowers over black and navy backgrounds.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Again in Isabel Marant's collection we can see a different trend for this season: the 80s look. A collection that evokes this fun decade, including puffy sleeves, lamé mini-dresses, lots of ruffles and one-shoulder tops. Stella McCartney also does this trend adapting classic 80s silhouettes to the modern-day woman.
Saint Laurent, goes back to its roots in a resort collection done without a creative director in the lead. The creative team took inspiration in the most iconic designs and prints, reminiscent, of course, of the rock n' roll spirit of the decade.
DECONSTRUCTING THE BASICS
The reinterpretation of uniforms and utilitarian style clothes, has been very present in most of the upcoming season collections. Khaki tones, creams and grays, and the renovation of the basics such as button-downs, are a few keys of this trend. Special mention to Stella McCartney, who put the happy factor to the London Fashion Week with a collection screaming of summer in a very modern an feminine, using materials such as poplin on tops and voluminous pants tight on the waist. Loewe, also including this trend in their season collection, uses materials such as linen, burlap, cotton and nylon in modern, easy-to-wear pieces, with their characteristic luxurious approach. Jonathan Anderson in a witty move, makes a nod to the Spanish heritage of the house using fringes, knit and leather.
Alexander Wang's spring collection presents his most characteristic pieces, from a perspective of deconstruction. Basics such as a button-down, both masculine and feminine spirited clothes including diplomatic stripes and lingerie inspired, black-laced pieces.
For this season, Jonny Johnsson, creative director of Acne Studios, was inspired by his growing passion for surf, and has used this concept to search for more fluid, soft volumes in his reinterpretation of basic pieces such as dresses and tops. For his prêt-à-porter collection, he went outside the borders of Sweden and got inspired by the rich textile tradition of countries currently immersed in conflict. He includes dresses tailored in what looks like pashminas, geometrical motifs and kaftan inspired silhouettes. Once again, he plays with shapes and, somewhat exaggerated, proportions.
Phoebe Philo, characterized by not making any conceptual statement in her clothes, but focusing specifically on beauty, creates for Céline, a collection that speaks for itself through their silhouettes and materials; dresses and skirts that flow in contrast with more structured jackets and coats, appealing to the modern women who -for sure- will be willing to wear her clothes.
NATURE, SENSUALITY AND FEMININE POWER
Riccardo Tisci has created for Givenchy, a collection in which sensuality, feminine power and above all, nature are emphasized. The collection includes clothes with a strong inspiration in stones, minerals, lunar shapes, water, clouds and trees; prints with organic motifs and XXL necklaces with natural stones. The resort collection shows crystal applications in dresses and tops, giving besides the sensual touch, a rock n' roll look.
As every season, Tom Ford delights us with his sophisticated and sexy designs. His now iconic "zip around" dresses are also seen in this collection, full of details that empathizes the sensual nature of the woman.
This year, Christopher Kane celebrates as his 10th anniversary as a designer. His collection made a nod to this event by including details such as polaroids and graphic details which characterize the designer, also displaying metallic dresses, pleated lamé and stone, crystal and gem applications on his pieces.
Find out these and more of our newest arrivals from the spring-summer 2017 collections, available now online at www.santaeulalia.com or in-store at Paseo de Gracia 93.