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SS17 Trend Report: The 7 Trends You Need To Know About

Spring-summer 2017 trend report

When designers sent their spring/summer 2017 collections down the runway last September, it was amidst the pre-election frenzy in the States and post-Brexit flux in London. This made for a season of vast concepts, stretching from the political (“We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirts in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first Dior line-up), to the wonderful visual anarchy of Alessandro Michele’s Gucci collection.

But through it all, the season’s strongest trends were revealed, with shades of pink and yellow emerging as spring’s key colours, while kitten heels and tiny handbags became the accessory updates to be sporting, and the trench coat transpired to become spring’s updated classic. Here are the seven biggest trends of the spring/summer 2017 season.

Spring-summer 2017 trend report - frills and ruffles
Fendi, Christian Dior, Altuzarra, Chloé, Zimmermann


The romance of frills and ruffles remain high on fashion’s agenda, with delicate flounces prettying-up the runways of Chanel, Chloé Dior and Fendi. Wear head-to-toe in dresses or team a feminine frilled skirt with a sharp biker jacket or rock Tee for a youthful spin.

Spring-summer 2017 trend report - Pink
Chloé, Michael Kors, Hermès, Valentino, Chanel


From eye-searing fuchsia to Germolene pink and the softest powder pink, shades of rose appeared in everything from dramatic dresses to statement coats. Mix varying tones and textures for the freshest take.

Spring-summer 2017 trend report - micro bags
Bottega Veneta, Chloé, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Tods


Just about big enough for a credit card and a lipstick, the trend kicked off by Fendi last year was embraced by Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès and Chloé, where golden hardware made the new “Nile” bags into jewellery.

Spring-summer 2017 trend report - trench coats
Michael Kors, Christian Dior, Bottega Veneta, Vetements, Marni


When Lauren Hutton walked the Bottega Veneta runway in Milan in just a trench coat with a burgundy bag clasped under her arm, the classic trench was confirmed as the updated classic of the season. Mid-calf is the length to look for; wear over a pretty dress, as at Dior and Simone Rocha, or fully done-up, à la Ms Hutton.

Spring-summer 2017 trend report - tailoring
Chloe, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Zimmermann, Nina Ricci


Boosted in credibility by the number of street style stars wearing sophisticated suits, tailoring was embraced by designers, who played with classic silhouettes, often adding peaked shoulders in a nod to the Eighties. Boardroom or barstool; no matter. They’ll impress in any setting.

Spring-summer 2017 trend report - yellow
Prada, Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Hermès, Chanel


Buttercup, sunflower or mustard, summer’s sunniest shade was seen everywhere from Chanel to Prada and Hermès. And it’s easier to wear than you think.

Spring-summer 2017 trend report - kitten heels
Christian Dior, Prada, Chloé


Thoroughly embraced by the Parisian street style set, kitten heels are the daintiest shoe trend to emerge from the shows, outstripping the season’s other key shapes – mules and flatforms – in both feminine charm and grown-up poise. Timelessly chic with tailored skirt suits and unexpectedly cool with ripped denim or khakis.