PLAYFUL POLKA DOTS AND RETRO PRINTS FOR HER, WIDE HEMS AND MUTED COLOURS FOR HIM: SUMMER FASHION TRENDS STRAIGHT OFF THE RUNWAYS
BY YUKI BARTON
If you’re loving the retro trends like bell-bottom jeans, big sunglasses, and chunky shoulders, this one’s for you. Colourful, geometric prints paraded down the runways of major designers including Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Proenza Schouler, and Prada. The repetitive, eye-catching print from Prada in primary colours may seem chaotic, but ultimately gives off a stunningly mod look.
Playful polka dots, particularly in black and white, were seen all over feminine dresses and blouses this season. Although this retro motif from Dior may seem juvenile, designers added the pattern onto modern silhouettes in light, breezy fabrics to give the playful pattern a refined edge.
We love this trend for its ultra-practicality. As an extension of a simple button-down, it’s the smartest way to look chic from the office to after-work events. This season we saw some new shapes to give it a modern touch, including this fashion piece from Phillip Lim. Think asymmetric hemlines, interesting waist detailing, and oversized sleeves.
The cold shoulder is here to stay, thanks to the many designers such as Rodarte, Prabal Gurung, and Self Portrait, who incorporated off-shoulder pieces on their runways this season. There’s nothing not to love about the flattering trend, as it gives any silhouette an extra touch of femininity, like on this glamorous look by Rodarte.
Florals are nothing new for spring and summer, but this season the colours were acidic, the textures were 3-dimensional, and the proportions were whimsical. We especially loved how Jason Wu’s gown had bright neon florals applied onto a black body to give them that extra punch.
Layering up in tones of light greys and creams from head to toe is this year’s easy update for casual suiting. John Varvatos did it best with the monotone, ultra-light layers, and even coordinating the shoes and neck scarf to the ensemble.
The pop colour of the season is an acidic yellow; more bright and green toned than the bold and saturated yellow we saw last year. The striking colour lit up the runways of Hermes, Gucci, and Alexander McQueen, most notably on athleisure inspired silhouettes. In the image is Hermes.
From large windowpane squares to refined checks, we saw many variations of square patterns pop-up all over the shows season. Our favourite and most practical take was by Paul Smith, incorporating the thin, sophisticated pattern on classic blazers and tailored trousers.
An ongoing trend that we have been seeing is the baggy trouser, but this season the hems are also much wider. Far from the slim fits of recent seasons, we like the comfortable cuts in lightweight materials they’re coming in, especially at Joseph Abboud. Roll cuff them at the ankle for an especially smart finish.
Perhaps the most versatile trend we are seeing this year is the vertical stripes. Seen on everything from T-shirts to tailoring to sportswear, anyone can incorporate this into their wardrobe to work with their style. Our favourite runway look came from Etro. The easy lightweight trousers pair seamlessly with the matching white shirt and navy jacket.