2016 was the year of the sartorial rule breaker, and 2017 is fast shaping up to be an evolution of that sentiment (Balencaiga Pre-Fall ’17 extreme dimensions are a case in point here). Demna Gvasalia, the founder of French brand Vetements and head designer at Balenciaga, has unsurprisingly been crowned pioneer of design for 2016 by the Business of Fashion. After all, anyone who can sell out a 857 AED/SAR DHL slogan T-shirt clearly knows how to turn a front row into cult followers.
Subversive athleisure has ruled the roost in terms of looks to copy/paste into your off-duty repertoire. A street style trend headed up by the Hadid sisters, Kendall Jenner, and Taylor Hill made it cool to wear premium leggings during the day without looking underdressed.
J.W.Anderson’s Pierce handbag captured the mood of the past 12 months: urbane and devil-may-care. Style rebels like Nora Attal, Lineisy Montero, and Gilda Ambrosio have proven that it’s on-point to set your very own wardrobe agenda, wearing biker jackets with rock Tees, Jeremy Scott sweaters with headphones, or velvet robes with boyfriend jeans. It’s also been the year of wearing party skirts during the day (salute to Giovanna Battaglia, now Engelbert, and Candela Novembre at Milan Fashion Week Fall 2016). Imaan Hammam’s runway CV has evolved over twelve months, transitioning from new model-on-the-block to standing out at Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, and Oscar de la Renta during fashion month.
As the industry is in a perpetual state of lunging forward in search of what is new and next, Vogue Arabia sets its predictions for summer through to Fall 2017 trends, so you can pre-plan your wardrobe agenda.
Lead image: Roberto Cavalli Spring 2017. Indigital