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AW17 Trend Report

With Fashion Month finally over, La Femme looks at the hottest trends emerging for AW17 that will help you stay ahead of the fashion curve.

Winter lace

Traditionally associated with summer, we love lace all year round. For AW17 we could not take our eyes off of Jonathan Simkhai’s intricate crochet and lace creations in cream and pearl. Simkhai’s trademark body-con silhouettes were evident, this time showcasing women as a force to be reckoned with in tough-girl detailing. 

At Lanvin, lace took on a more romantic feel in lightweight silk and super chic separates, making them easily workable into your existing wardrobe. Remember that lace can be worn perennially if you choose classic shapes and styles. 

Red tops

In the depths of autumn and winter, red makes for a refreshing addition to basic blacks and greys. But choosing the correct shade is vital – happily, there are plenty of options for next season, from deep burgundy to raspberry and crimson. Max Mara opted for head-to-toe tomato – our favourite way to re-invent outerwear for AW17. Off-duty Givenchy felt fresh and relevant with cool, dressed-down additions for your wardrobe. Our favourite was a Bambi-emblazoned knit paired with a lace shirt for a more feminine take. For real impact, Valentino was the best of show with a raspberry maxi dress complete with lace cut-outs – every maximalist’s dream for floor-length drama.

All that glitters

This is one of our favourite trends for next season – glitter, sequins and high-shine fabrics injected a little magic onto the runway. Michael Kors offered up a chic and wearable way to adopt the trend with simple gold separates paired together for maximum effect. Wear shirts unbuttoned as low as you dare for a free-spirited feel. Mary Katrantzou took reference from Disney’s Fantasia with other-worldly motifs in the subtlest of pastel-hued, sequined detail. Silhouettes were 1940’s reminiscent, making these every inch the perfect option for after-hours dressing. For all-out glamour, Emilio Pucci and Temperley London crafted second skin sequins in maxi-length molten hues with velvet slippers for feminine, laid-back dinner dressing. The pièce de résistance for us this season was Saint Laurent however, with disco-ball inspired minis and THE boot of the season… 

Cavewoman chic

Ruffles are something we never tire of and for next season, there is a lot to entice your inner five-year-old.

We fell for Giambattista Valli’s perpetually feminine creations, anchored by Victoriana-inspired boots to keep the look from spilling over into anything too girlish. Saint Laurent also followed suit with ruffles constructed in leather and lace in a palette of coffee, black and bitter chocolate. To ensure there was still evidence of the brands rock ‘n’ roll DNA, the long-length boots throughout were the star of the show and the perfect investment piece for the season. 

All-weather leather

We are in love with a new way to wear leather for AW17. Think butter-soft textures in fluid shapes that bring a new ease to dressing, whether you opt for head-to-toe tone-on-tone dressing or you prefer to invest in one key piece for next season. Traditionally rooted in outerwear, it’s no surprise that design house Tod’s came up trumps on the runway for AW17 – our favourite was a double dose of caramel leather which looked every inch as luxurious as it felt. 

Michael Kors took note with a nod to masculine cuts in the form of oversized outerwear in deep bordeaux and long-length skirts in soot black. Rivet and stud detailing was the order of the day at sisters’ brand Rodarte; paired back to floral motifs, these retained a feminine twist for AW17. 

Suits you

Season after season Dolce & Gabbana never fail to create pieces to suit all, however for AW17 their two-piece suiting was next level from forest green velvet to brocade and floral embroidery. If you love something different, look to Brandon Maxwell to bring precision cuts and tailoring right up to date in unexpected petrol blue and monochrome. For evening, a Studio 54 influence came to life on the runway in the form of liquid gold lamé – no accessories needed.

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