Key pieces for a wardrobe upgrade
They may not beat shares and property, but these 10 season-defining pieces are guaranteed to score you interest for years to come. By Florence Song
The draped midi dress
It’s been a while since the dress has had as big a story as it did this season, but this Spring, many runways shared an appreciation for breezy, swingy, full-skirted versions as seen at Louis Vuitton, Céline, J.W Anderson and Jil Sander. Soft fabrics and slouchy silhouettes of this particular kind of dress are most at peace when pared back with sleek, metal jewellery and a non-fussy, blockheeled boot. Stand-out details such as the tiered fringe and shawl neckline of this sandcoloured Loewe piece will also take a run-ofthe-mill midi from ‘meh’ to major season player.
The tarot card clutch
Whether it’s the politically charged slogan tees, fencing-inspired separates or whimsical tulle gowns sprinkled with flowers, leaves and tiny insects, there’s just so much to covet in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut collection for Dior. But if you buy only one bag this season, make it this tarot card clutch inspired by Christian Dior’s fascination with card reading and the zodiac. This one is made out of supple white lambskin and embroidered with sequins, beads, tubes and crystals to resemble the ‘Sun’ tarot card. We’re not psychic, but we’re seeing it in your future.
The embellished slides
The appeal here is all about the unlikely pairing of embellishment and humble pool slide. And the best news? There are versions everywhere, whether it’s Miu Miu’s candy-coloured, floral appliquéd rubber slip-ons, Lanvin’s crystal and diamante-embellished flats or this powder-pink pair from Dolce & Gabbana. The raffia and crystal ‘brooch’ set on a rich jacquard fabric give them a luxurious twist, moving them away from the usual ‘ugly-chic’ associations to high-fashion update. ELLE tip: swap out your plain white weekend sneakers for a pair of these and bask in the compliments.
The sporty top
Cropped or oversized, multihued or monochromatic, sporty graphic separates have emerged as a clear victor on catwalks this Spring/ Summer ’17. Whether it’s a colourblocked mesh slip at Boss or motocross-inspired sweater at Versace, you’ll be hard-pressed to top them in terms of sheer graphic appeal. The new season way to wear them is by pairing with sleek wardrobe updates. Case in point: this cropped, rugby striped top which can be worn for evening by layering underneath a feminine, flowy apron-dress as shown on the Fendi catwalk, or even worn to the office when paired over a classic shirt. If looking sporty in 2017 means more time going out and less time at the gym, we’re all for it.
The silk shorts
Lazy yet lavish bedroom-inspired dressing isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. This season Prada elevated loosely cut pants and sleep shirting via feathers, beading and Chinese collars, while Dolce & Gabbana gave us printed pyjama sets in silken fabrics more decadent than our wildest dreams. As fashion’s obsession with pyjama dressing rages on, a new key piece has sprung up: silk shorts. For ultimate wearability, look to this piped Burberry pair in lightweight, lustrous silk twill, paying close attention to the unique castle print taken from hand-painted artwork in the Burberry archives. Try them with a matching silk button-up for relaxed weekend dressing, or swap out for a tailored shirt, trench coat and pumps for the nine-to-five.
The iPhone case
This season’s standout proposition? Bar none, Louis Vuitton’s iPhone 7 eye-trunk case that is taking the style world and social media by storm. Birthed from the genius of Nicolas Ghesquière, monogrammed coated canvas is cleverly engineered into a mini replica of the Petite Malle bag, complete with metal locks and brackets reminiscent of the trunks which first launched in Fall Winter ’14. The end result? A covetable phone case that will easily eclipse all It bags as the fashion accessory of the season. Whether you care to admit it or not, a woman can do without a purse, but she can’t be without her phone.
The hand adornments
Forget arm candy; the spotlight belongs to your hands, starting in a big way with Gucci’s largerthan-life, multi-finger rings and palm bracelets. Dainty just won’t cut it anymore. When it comes to jewellery, go big and go bold. So if you like it, don’t just put a ring it. Put all the rings on it; pile them on, matched or mismatched, interlocked across fingers and worn even across your palm in a glorious, envy-inducing, conversation-starting spread of molten, bejewelled, decorated fun. If there’s a time to bring out your most extra self, this is it.
The two-piece retro swimmers
The retro two-piece sets proposed by designers from Michael Kors to Miuccia Prada made one thing clear: swimmers this cute are too good to keep for just hot summer days. For those of you who have been working hard on your crunches, you’ll find that this trend is the perfect vehicle for flaunting your physique. Do like the Michael Kors woman and wear the trend on its own for a look that’s equivalent to all of the fire emojis. For those less committed to the cause, sub one of these printed bras in for a top and wear with a high-waisted skirt à la Tory Burch or take a cue from Prada and layer it over shirts, T-shirts and dresses to modernise a retro classic for 2017.
The printed trench
While traditional double-breasted trench coats in classic shades of beige and stone will always be a wardrobe staple, a bold Spring coat in all-over statement print will add interest to any ensemble, minimal effort required. The waterproof PU material of this trench also means it could double up as a chic rain jacket – handy when it comes to our unpredictable weather. What are you waiting for? Check yes for this season’s take on the spring topper.
Kiss the ankle-breakers goodbye, because spring’s hottest shoe is just as easy on the arches as it is fashion forward. Case in point: Salvatore Ferragamo’s woven flatform sandals which are right in step with the athleisure fixation that infiltrated runways from Versace to Tommy Hilfiger is this flat-meets-platform hybrid love child: an elevated sandal that adds inches (and confidence) to your form without the agony of balancing on vertiginous stiletto heels. We also love this particular pair for its avant-garde, architectural aspect inspired by the Japanese art-form of origami. Pair with a midi dress for an achingly cool streetwear aesthetic or wear with an unexpected suit to take your style game to new heights.
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