Velvet for the spring/summer season is perhaps the most unconventional trend we saw at this most recent New York Fashion Week, but definitely a look to get on board with. Designers paired luxurious crushed velvet and silk fabrics with classic warmer weather silhouettes and color palettes, ultimately capturing an effortless, yet unusual, summer vibe. Victoria Beckham’s is among the most noteworthy of these collections, largely for her great use of color. We’re used to seeing velvet in dark shades of grey or black, maroon, and navy, which were visible, but now they have been accompanied by vibrant turquoise, lavender, and silver tones. Sander Lak, the designer behind Sies Marjan, showed velvet fabrics in bold burnt orange and pastel shades of blue and pink, while keeping to the flowing, draped shapes that have been a go-to this season.
Another popular look for spring/summer 2017, one that is more frequently associated with the warmer months of the year, has proven to be the nautical stripe print. Designers such as Lela Rose, Rosie Assoulin, Zimmermann, and Red Valentino made beachy, seaside stripes an integral part of their most recent collections. Lela Rose took a more upscale approach to the usually casual style, incorporating the stripes look in red, navy and white onto classic summer gowns. Rosie Assoulin’s entirely beach themed collection featured cheery striped sundresses shown within a set of palm trees and beach lounge chairs, totally encompassing the summer mood.
Click through the slideshow to see our other top picks for two of the most prominent, and contrasting, trends this spring/summer season.