Bang in the middle of SS17 fashion weeks with Milan underway and Paris on the anvil, we couldn’t help but notice that this year, designers have made a decidedly feminine style statement with their collection showcases. We’ve been trying so hard to step away from florals, tier dresses, and gown-like silhouettes to stand in support of feminism and equality, we forget that these poetic styles aren’t archaic or regressive. They’re all very beautiful, celebrate the female form, and have unnecessarily received a bad rep in recent times. Slay, Queen; dress how you want to be addressed.
Here’s looking at the trends that brought back the romanticism in clothes and are making us look forward to SS17.
#1 Deep Down, Every Girl’s A Princess & Tier Dresses Celebrate Her Royal Highness
Valentino, Céline, and Balenciaga were big advocates of this most feminine trend. Balenciaga went all-out in pink, Celine stroked its surface, adding some tiers here and there, and Valentino showcased everything Princess-y, which to be fair, they usually do. But, the biggest impact was made by Gucci. It was a mirage of contrasts that played ode to the heartbroken damsel, 18th-century Venetian prostitutes and the LA club culture. It was all in the details, and oh, how intricate and beautiful they were; words cannot do them justice.
- Keep it real, keep it simple. The Gina Bacconi Tiered Maxi Dress is right on trend with its feminine tiers on a strong black canvas. Buy here.
- On a hot day, opt for a more a practical hemline with this Amalfi Lioness Dress that makes a big impact in a small polka-dotted package. Buy here.
- Take the Viola Stitch Floral Embroidered Maxi Dress to the prom/ball/dinner/event that’s coming up next. The colours are perfect, the roses are surreal and the tiers, just right. Buy here.
- Just picture the Michael Kors silk dress with a rose gold watch, strappy sandals and a fish plait. So pretty, right? Buy here.
#2 Ruffles Are For Ladies Like Apples Are For Pies
Rodarte’s ready-to-wear collection was a visual treat, possibly because of all the ruffle action that was going on. Crop tops and cold-shoulder tops in floral prints and bright colours were all very cute. Burberry took to ruffles too, but like always, decided to play it cool. The collection smoothly injected the detail into solid whites and blacks where they reimagined capes and jackets in new-age silhouettes. Additionally, Loewe and Kenzo thought the ruffles should be incorporated as statement sleeves, and so they did. Smart move.
And then, there was Dior. The fashion house managed to weave magic into their clothes with star motifs, hand-painted tarot symbols and astrological signs that were served up with just a touch of gothic edge. Notice the black ensembles? The sharp makeup? The chokers?
- The Raffie Ruffle Sleeve Knit Top keeps it smooth and casual like Burberry’s collection. If you’ve got toned arms, this top’s the perfect way to draw attention to them. It has a #BossLady vibe with just a hint of ruffled femininity. Buy here.
- Pair the Riley Fit Dot Print Sleeveless Ruffle Shirt look with a white leather skirt or a pleated midi skirt. Great for day wear, it’s a more practical approach to ruffles when you can’t go the whole hog—ball gown et al. Buy here.
#3 Sheer Peek-A-Boo For A Flirtatious Vibe
Take cue from Louis Vuitton’s latest and channel your inner heroine with a modern twist on the maxi dress that’s as fierce and bold as it should be. You’ve got the ’80s shoulder pads transitioning to feminine A-line dresses that get risqué somewhere in the middle with sheer panels to make a dramatic impact. Notice how they’re all belted at the waist to accentuate a woman’s curves? And yet, the chunky jewellery, box clutches, and combat boots tell a whole other story of the feminist who knows she doesn’t have to give up her feminity to stand her ground.
- Try the Bedroom Eyes Maxi Dress by Revolve for a dinner and cocktails evening. The lace helps keep the peek-a-boo classy, and the bustier + skirt lining cover just the right amount to look sexy, not trashy. Buy here.
- Pretty little floral vines trace this wine-coloured Livia Maxi dress. The dramatic asymmetric hemline, the modest sleeves, the bold neckline—so many details to contrast and align with the Spring-Summer aesthetic. Buy here.
- For Resort/Cruise wear when you’re on vacay, we’re loving the white smocked maxi dress. Pair it with silver jewellery, a blue or yellow waist belt, and a floppy hat to look like a superstar. Buy here.
Magnified Florals Paired With Stripes
Enter, Tommy Hilfiger. The #TommyXGigi collection was packed with stripes and a California beach vibe that was translated onto floral maxi dresses. Even Victoria Beckham steered away from her British solids to dip into this garden of inspiration. Thakoon, though, had an interesting take on this trend where the brand juxtaposed striped tee-shirts with floral skirts and at first, it seemed a bit much, but we have to admit the pattern on pattern eventually grew on us.
- These are the French Connection Stripe Wide-Leg Trousers you can take to work. Buy here.
- Very Selena, don’t you think? Flaunt the Silk Crady Crepe Pants during the day. Buy here.
- Doesn’t this pair remind you of the Jammie trend? Well, if you’re too preppy to take that up then the Samsoe Jessie Stripe Trousers are perfect for you. Buy here.