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A Snapshot Of SS17

SS17 Fashion Week Trends
  • All Change

    Fashion bulletins have been abuzz with news of movement for the past few seasons but Spring/Summer 2017 felt like a veritable changing of the guard with Maria Grazia Chiuri leaving Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino to take the helm at Christian Dior, Anthony Vaccarello presenting his first collection for Saint Laurent and Jonathan Saunders heading stateside and to Diane von Furstenberg.

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  • "I measure the tremendous responsibility of being the first woman in charge of the creation in a house so deeply rooted in the pure expression of femininity."
    Maria Grazia Chiuri
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Extreme Sidekicks

There were no half measures in the handbag department for Spring/Summer 2017, with designers serving them up in either micro or ultra-maxi proportions. Those who relish the challenge of streamlining their necessities will delight in Chloé’s new Nile bag, the minaudières worn cross body at Valentino (NB the cylindrical compartment at the clasp can fit a mini lipstick) or Anya Hindmarch’s teeny-tiny barrel bags. For those who prefer to live by a 'more is more' approach, however, mega clutches came courtesy of Céline and Demna Gvasalia bolstered Balenciaga’s line-up of big bags, which already included the much-Instagrammed Bazar Shopper.

Hadid Mania

Opening, closing and even collaborating on shows, the Hadid sisters were the talk of Spring/Summer 2017. From Gigi’s star turn at Tommy Hilfiger, the model-cum-muse having worked with the designer to create a capsule collection, for which Bella supported her older sister on the runway, to the siblings’ dual appearances for Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Max Mara and more, theirs is proving to be a sister act with staying power.

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Think Pink

The resounding trend of the season, featuring heavily in all four fashion capitals, there could be no doubting that designers had been tickled pink – even those who you’d least expect to succumb to the colour’s charms, such as Phoebe Philo at Céline and Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy. From head-to-toe tailored looks at Gucci to Valentino’s dreamy dresses and gowns, plus much more besides, there was a pink to pique every interest.

  • Chic Shirting

    Having gathered momentum over the past few seasons, shirting was the focal point of many a show-goer's look. Layered, knotted, deconstructed; full marks could be given for some of the more experimental takes on the sartorial staple. What’s the easiest way to work the trend into your wardrobe? With a statement sleeve. A feature on the runway too, your investment will prove itself worthy.

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  • "Shirting has transformed from boardroom staple to something that people want to play around with."
    Camille Charrière
  • Summer Rouge

    Clean skin and undone hair prevailed on the Spring/Summer 2017 runways, but a summer-ready pout made effortless beauty looks pop. From Dolce & Gabbana’s tropical signorinas to the summer tweed-suited line-up at Chanel and Mary Katrantzou’s Grecian beauties, a bright lip – reds with either more orange or pink tones – lifted spirits in Milan, Paris and London, respectively.

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Text Me

If you’ve been enjoying the return of the logo of late, prepare to revel in the 'slogo', as designer’s embrace more statement-making ways of getting a message across. For Maria Grazia Chiuri, her debut collection for Christian Dior – as the first female at the helm of the brand in its 70-year history – had to represent her feminist perspective, and so the designer looked to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story We Should All Be Feminists and stamped her reference on the collection via a T-shirt. For Stella McCartney, meanwhile, it was the British designer’s long-term passions that were put front and centre, with 'No Fur' and 'No Leather' splashed across tops, dresses and jumpsuits, giving real meaning to the concept of wearing one’s heart on one’s sleeve.

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