The SS17 fashion weeks with new developments in trends and the industry. See what the future of the fashion world holds.
SS17 Fashion Weeks Highlights
It's the time of year when spring/summer ready-to-wear collections are shown in the big four fashion weeks: New York, London, Milan and Paris. The question on everyone's lips is: are they still relevant.
The first fashion house has launched its 'see now, buy now' range. This could spell the beginning of the end for ready-to-wear.
The success of this show sees the future of the fashion industry hang in the balance. It could solve problems for floundering companies and change the established fashion calendar forever.
Until that day comes, the SS17 fashion weeks have gone ahead and here's our highlights.
New York Fashion Week
Oscar de la Renta
The newly appointed Oscar de la Renta creative directors, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia will share their first collection in February. Until the autumn/winter 2017 show, an in-house team has been at the helm.
Oscar de la Renta SS17 saw a movement towards wearability for the warmer months. The focus was on female-friendly silhouettes rather than sex appeal.
An all-white crocheted dress opened followed by similarly modest monochrome offerings. Pops of red and metallic two-tone outfits added variety.
The ensembles were more about movement than Oscar de la Renta's usual penchant for florals. It closed with floating A-line gowns and flouncy shoulders.
This collection was a warm up for the next with a fashion house in transition. We look forward to seeing what's to come.
(Images: Olivia Palermo)
A spot-on playful mix of masculine and feminine was showcased by Michael Kors SS17. Too-big tailoring was followed by floral frills in seamless harmony.
The first mixed boyfriend-style striped collars, elongated sleeves and wafting trench coats. The second: large bright daisy prints, flowing fabrics and cute knitwear.
This collection reached the individuality aimed for last season by exploring the spectrum of femininity. Bright and bold boy shorts or frilled pencil dresses, the tastes were on brand but fitting the woman.
London Fashion Week
Joseph SS17 had too-many fabrics with an excess of arms and legs, mountains of materials married into something new. Something birthed.
Deconstruction and knitwear were back for another season as fringed and frayed behemoths were piled together. Sportswear and utilitarian motifs also made themselves known in draw-string sleeves and flapping belts.
Louise Trotter continues to dance to the beat of her own drummer (which was brought to life for this show by Lara Mullen). Needless to say, Joseph SS17 stands out from the crowd.
(Images: Harper's Bazaar)
British brand, Burberry has now fully committed to their new see now, buy now approach by moving away from the established fashion seasons. This show was aptly titled September 2016 rather than for the coming year.
The fashion show took inspiration from Virginia Woolf's Orlando as the character transitions from man to woman and lives for centuries. Their mix of masculinity, femininity and historical references then also bypassed the norm.
Though this isn't an SS17 collection it's worth mentioning as a highlight of London Fashion Week and how the industry is evolving. In a global market of internet natives, a season-less menswear and womenswear line made immediately available is an exciting prospect.
The line layered Elizabethan ruffs with military, velvet, jacquard and minute floral prints. The gender-fluidity made the collection one whole. We look forward to how this ripples through the fashion world.
Milan Fashion Week
The theme of the Prada SS17 show was the mutability of time with Miuccia Prada creating a self-referential line. It both looked back and forward through the fashion house.
The gaudy 70s stripes, prints and power clashing of colours and patterns set the scene. Layering, however, took on a new form with crop tops over shirts.
There was further wrapping in cardigans and off-centre trench coats mirroring the kilts also on show. All topped by feather trims.
The fashion house has notoriously been facing financial troubles for some time but it's not for the lack of excitement and imagination in design. They once again earned their place as the most anticipated show of Milan Fashion Week.
Salvatore Ferragamo is another house in flux with former creative director, Massimiliano Giornetti leaving his role. Instead the head of design for women's ready-to-wear, Fulvio Rigoni has command.
Sportswear fabrics and block colouring were interspersed with floral prints and khaki shades. This combination created a practical no-nonsense concept.
Ruching, bulbous sleeves and functional tailoring contrasted the theatrics other brands are bringing to the fore. The line, however, is only a place-holder for things to come.
Paris Fashion Week
Layered fabrics with folds, cut-outs and splits created shape and movement. Fitted tops, skirts and dresses flumed and flapped down the runway.
Halter-neck metallic dresses brought the glitz and continued the ample shoulder exposure of the show. Simply, Roland Mouret doing what they do best.
Stella McCartney SS17 opened with corsetry, inflated sleeves and paper-bag trousers. Casual tailoring in comfortable fabrics.
The show then evolved into fashion-forward denim, throws and stripes in muted tones. It was the rusty peach suede jumpsuit, however, that garnered the most attention.
The line-up shifted again with slogan tees espousing ethical fashion statements and positivity. The lace dresses and colourful jumpsuits hitting on the ethical fashion movement.
The feel-good choreographed dance finish proved these clothes were meant to be worn and moved in. They also showed Stella McCartney's views will go out and brighten the world.
Louis Vuitton SS17 departed from its youth-targeting path for a more mature and intergalactic offering. There was a magnificent mix of 80s glitz and sci-fi star-gazing.
The Star Wars franchise seemed to be a driving-force alongside the dying days of disco. Shoulder pads, metallics and a not-so-shy Princess Leia homage were seen on the runway.
The palpable excess was seen in power-suits and a touch of rebellion revealed in latex, leather and lace combos. A re-imagining that shot for the stars.
(Images: The Impression)
The second contribution from Miuccia Prada this fashion month began in much the same way with crop tops. Slowly the revelation of beachwear as ready-to-wear was revealed.
The synchronised swimmer uniform was half-tops and half-skirts over hot pants. Alternatively, swimsuits over shirts. Towels became outerwear as wraps, jackets and coats. Whilst the 70s stripes crept back in.
Tailoring was teamed with pleated skirts, open on shorts. Whereas, floral day dresses and fur-collar coats interspersed the range.
Black satin swimwear took the place of eveningwear and made an impression. These items are meant to be shown off. It was a nostalgic dive into the past with an ultra-feminine finish.
(Main image: Huffington Post)