The Top SS17 Fashion Trends

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The spring/summer 2017 fashion season is almost upon and we've got your list of must-try SS17 fashion trends. This 2017 fashion forecast will get you through the warm months.

The Top SS17 Fashion Trends

Stealing From the Boys

(Images: Michael Kors, Vogue and Burberry, V Magazine)

Menswear for women was on top of the agenda for both tailoring and sportswear during the fashion month. This was seen at Michael Kors during New York Fashion Week with over-sized collars.

Whereas, Burberry provided a 'see now, buy, now' September 2016 collection the fashion trends will last till 2017. Their theme centred around Virginia Woolf's Orlando.

The London Fashion Week show therefore played on themes of masculine and feminine through this trans-character. Large lapels and masculine cuts were captured the motif.

Romantic Ruffles

(Images: Alexander McQueen, Vogue; Gucci, Wonderland Magazine; Erdem, Elle UK)

Ruffles have been making waves for some time including the AW17 fashion season. Once again, frilly fabrics are at the forefront.

Alexander McQueen SS17 mixed high romance with punk accessories to balance softness with a hard edge. Gucci, however, mixed vivid colours and Eastern influences for modern prettiness with a punch.

Erdem SS17, on the other hand, used muted tones and minute prints to allow the added movement do the talking. Either way, it doesn't look like this 2017 trend is going anywhere.

Brazen Bralettes

(Images: Miu Miu, Vogue; Alexander Wang, Harper's Bazaar; Altuzarra, Wonderland Magazine)

Crop tops have been adorning the catwalk stalking models of the fashion weeks for several years. Now, they have morphed into an underwear as outerwear look in the form of bralettes.

Miu Miu SS17 made the beach the destination with bikini tops and swimsuits as layering. Similarly, Alexander Wang created silk halter bralettes that were about versatility. They could take you from the beach to the bar, no changing required.

Altuzarra SS17 created a more feminine offering by adding frills and playful patterns. Now you can take the beach with you.

Metallics Magic

(Images: Roland Mouret, Olivia Palermo; Oscar de la Renta, Vogue; Christopher Kane; Olivia Palermo)

Eveningwear was given the typically autumn/winter treatment of metallic, lamé and opalescent fabrics. Roland Mouret SS17 made free-flowing dresses that shone on the runway.

Whilst, Oscar de la Renta and Christopher Kane went for full-length pleated elegance. The new fluidity of the fashion seasons can be fully felt in this fashion trend.

Slogan Power

(Images: Stella McCartney, Vogue and Dior, The Telegraph)

Following Brexit and prior to the American presidential election, the political future of two fashion weeks was in turmoil. This has become even more relevant since their happening.

Needless to say, political causes are back with a passion and several brands saw it coming. Stella McCartney SS17 is well-known for her environment and animal loving beliefs. She shared such sentiments as, "Love Is All" and "No Leather" for the season.

Plus, Dior gained their first female creative director in the form of Maria Grazia Chiuri. She immediately made her mark with the sayings, "We should all be feminists" and "Dio(r)evolution". This fashion trend 2017 is likely to grow and grow.

Belters

(Images: Miu Miu, Telegraph and Alberta Ferretti, Vogue)

The waistline is back and it's a belter with brands like Miu Miu. The fashion accessory came in a typically 70s style colour scheme.

Albebrta Ferretti SS17 doubled up with their ornately designed belts. These added structure to the light and loose fabrics of spring/summer fashion.

Sheer Romance

(Images: Dolce & Gabbana, Harper's Bazaar and Valentino, Olivia Palermo)

Sheer fabrics are the ideal compromise for elegantly keeping cool in the spring/summer heat. The fashion weeks gave plenty of options for both day and night.

Dolce & Gabbana SS17 showed an array of sheer skirts and dresses in barely-there fabrics and with added embroidery. Valentino SS17, however, chose demure evening gowns to showcase their sheer printed details.

The range on offer is an opportunity for light layering and under-stated style.

Eighties Nostalgia

(Images: Louis Vuitton, Elle UK; Isabel Marant, Olivia Palermo; Saint Laurent, Hero)

The eighties are back, back again which may explain the popularity of metallics but it doesn't stop there. Louis Vuitton went intergalactic with Star Wars references and the dying days of disco.

Isabel Marant SS17 lead with the shoulder and emphasised the power of puffiness. Alike, Saint Laurent added full leather and partywear.

Stretched Sleeves

(Images: Simone Rocha, Vogue and Michael Kors, Vogue)

Long sleeves is another anomaly of the spring/summer fashion trends but it's unprecedented creeping in. Simone Rocha balanced the autumn/winter favourite through the use of tulle and peachy hues.

Michael Kors, on the other hand, went for full knitwear and coats with elongated sleeves. This characteristic certainly hints at the now global nature and appeal of brands.

See Now, Buy Now

(Images: Burberry, Harper's Bazaar; Tom Ford, Deux; Tommy Hilfiger, Elle)

The movement toward 'see now, buy now' is being led by a hand-full of fashion designers. Most notably, Burberry September 2016 produced a menswear and womenswear line.

As aforementioned, they played with the mix of masculinity and femininity within the theme. The central character also lives through many centuries allowing for a long list of historical references.

Tom Ford also produced a line for both men and women with added immediacy. The foregoing of traditional fashion editorials and lead-up amped up the pressure.

The director-designer did what he does best by playing to nocturnal animals. Full-length slinky dresses, feathers and suave tailoring with a backwards nod.

Whereas, Tommy Hilfiger created a fashion collection about wearability. Sportswear, military jackets and leather made for a youthful offering.

Only time will tell if this new approach will be both successful and sustainable.

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(Main image: Alexander McQueen, Dazed)