Geometry, Uniforms And 1980s Trends At Spring/Summer 17 London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017

It’s that time of year again! London Fashion Week was only several days long, but long enough for next year’s fashion trends to be forged. Brands like Burberry, Top Shop and Mulberry have forged an alliance between tradition and originality, offering a uniquely refreshing yet retro feel in their Spring/Summer 17 collections.

By combining military-style uniform pieces, 80s prints and elements from the 40s, London has pulled off another nod to tradition. At the same time, futuristic tones were evident in the sharp lines, geometric shapes and emphasis on form that characterized many shows this fashion week.

All in all, the British capital has once again lived up to its status as one of the edgiest and most fashion-forward on the planet. Here are some of the main themes from the shows.

Geometry-All Shapes & Sizes
The trend that has given next year’s fashion a more modish feel is well-defined shapes and attention to form. Say goodbye to symmetry in 2017! Many of the featured skirts and dresses are asymmetrical, while accessories feature sharp geometric shapes and are complemented by bright pastel colors. Simple lines, sharp shapes and white headbands have given next season’s pieces a distinctly futuristic feel. Whatever the occasion, next year’s fashion will be veering towards a harmonious blend of past and future.

Uniforms-Militia Chic
One of the biggest trends at London Fashion Week this season is the comeback of the British military uniform. Olive green army-style coats and trenches are paired with loose-fitting skirts and matching leather clutches for a masculine, yet elegant feel. In particular, British brand Mulberry has brought a lot of somber tones into what is normally a bright and upbeat spring/summer palette. Female power and strength is definitely a theme next season, and rightly so.

1980s-Summer Nostalgia
Embellished dresses, animal prints and puffy jackets have marked a positive return to a more 1980s-type style. Topshop’s bright and colorful pieces — accentuated by spiral-perm locks and bright eye shadows — have secured a place for retro in next year’s summer wardrobes. Top Shop make-up artist Hannah Murray declared that next season’s Topshop lady is “pretty and polished with a tough edge.

While the emphasis on geometry and sharp lines is an echo of previous seasons, a firm nod to the more rigid, militaristic themes and 80s fashions has made London’s Spring/Summer 17 fashions quite unique. Overall, it looks like the fashion conscious should be paying close attention to the relationship between art and tradition in the next few months.

Source: Reuters


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