Words by Nicole Thomsen
March 1st, 2017
With a myriad of fresh, in-your-face trends to make sense of each season, people can find themselves lost in a sea of fashion mishaps trying to keep up. But just because something has been spotted on the catwalks doesn’t mean it has to make its way into your wardrobe.
Now is the time to consider what you like and don’t like about the new season collections and make a note of what you want to see yourself in over the coming months. Trust us, it makes for an easier shopping trip, plus, you’ll be less likely to make an impulse buy which will only serve as a dust collector for the coming year.
Find out which trends the maven46 fashion team will be committing to this spring below.
It’s that time of the year again, new season collections begin to make their way onto the shop floors and the high street is flooded with their versions of the best that SS17 has to offer. The days are beginning to lengthen with daylight starting to hang around that little bit longer, meaning the end of winter is almost upon us. For me, this means I can begin to wear the one trend I am most excited about, gingham. Seen on the catwalks of Molly Goddard, House of Holland and Peter Pilotto to name but a few, the traditional plaid fabric has officially been given a new lease of life. Whether you choose to stick to black and white or opt for the many colourful versions available, the possibilities are endless on how to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. I will be wearing mine layered, in pretty blouse form and if the sun really starts to shine – in an all over skirt.
-Leah Haines, Fashion Contributor
In a season bursting with fresh and vibrant trends, I’m all about the fun factor. From slogan tees to in-your-face sweatshirts, novelty tops swept the runway for spring with designers from Gucci and Coach to Dolce & Gabbana to name but a few championing this trend. What I find most endearing about this is that there is an element of utility due to the items themselves being functional and comfortable yet they’re no less impactful and expertly highlight your personality. This season, my go-to uniform will be a novelty sweatshirt or tee by Être Cécile paired with extra wide leg trousers (another trend I’m truly getting behind this season) and trainers.
-Tanya Grimson, Editor
I was originally reluctant about the revival of the corset as I found it hard to fathom how this vintage statement could be so popular this season but in the past few weeks, I can admit to having gradually become climatized to the idea. As Fashion Month is upon us, there is a profusion of street style stars donning this waisted trend in the most peculiar of ways, with the corset been worn over sweatshirts, shirts and anything with a sleeve. Jeanette Madsen of Costume magazine was spotted laced up for Stockholm Fashion Week, choosing to wear a corset over a blazer, which in my opinion has been the most interesting pairing I’ve seen in terms of street style so far this year.
The catwalks were also full to the brim with corsets for SS17. Everyone from Gucci to Alexander McQueen got in on the action. Subtle statements were seen at Isabel Marant, Tibi and Dior with lighter, delicate colours contrasting gothic styles at YSL and Munsoo Kwon. It goes without saying that the revival of the Victorian body restrictor is well and truly in full laced swing and I can firmly say that I will be sporting this trend one way or another this season although in a more subtle belted form to start with. When my confidence grows, maybe I too will wear a corset over a blazer.
-Emma Connell, Editorial Assistant
As with most things in life, if Phoebe Philo says it’s cool, then it’s cool. No ifs or buts about it! Being the devoted Céline worshiper that I am how could I deny my SS17 sartorial self the opportunity to don head to toe pink?
Despite the fact that a red lip is usually about as much colour as I would allow in a rig out, you can be assured I have given a lot of thought to going full fuchsia. Alessandro Michele began pinking up Gucci last summer and as with any great idea, it caught on like wildfire. SS17 was an ode to rose with iconic fashion houses from Valentino to Gvasalia’s second home, Balenciaga, showing triumphant pink looks, turning the heads of the most monochromatic minimalists.
Embrace it all over or just add a touch of this season’s must-have colour through strategic accessorising. ‘Tis the season for every hue from bubble gum to magenta so have fun with it and if you ever need a little reassurance, just ask, “What would Phoebe do?”.
-Joolie Collier, Fashion Contributor
There’s something refreshing about a trend that is based on practicality and function yet still remains within the confines of what is considered fashionable. Which is what makes the utility trend hugely appealing to me this spring. That, and designers such as Sonia Rykiel and Tibi sent utilitarian looks which were so covetable that even if they were the most uncomfortable rig-outs I’d still long to wear them.
Loosely structured silhouettes in a uniform colour palette of navy, white and khaki made their way down the runway for everyone from Stella McCartney and Kenzo to Monse and Mulberry, giving this seasonal trend a revamp for 2017. I’ll be updating my wardrobe with crisp cotton shirt dresses and high-waisted wide leg trousers aplenty. To offset the androgynous vibe of this trend I’ll be looking for key features such as paper bag waists to construct a more feminine shape and teaming with gold accessories.
-Nicole Thomsen, Senior Editorial Assistant
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