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RUN­WAY TO STORES

With al­most 30 main­stream de­signer brands pre­sent­ing ‘see now, shop now’ col­lec­tions last year, 2017 could be the be­gin­ning of the end of fast fash­ion as we know it, as more brands plan to do the same. In pre­vi­ous years, high street stores such as Zara and H&M car­ried af­ford­able ‘de­signer-in­spired’ ver­sions of cat­walk col­lec­tions be­fore the lux­ury pieces could make it to stores. But with the in­stan­ta­neous char­ac­ter of the ‘sea­son­less’ shows, it will make it im­pos­si­ble for af­ford­able stores to beat the lux­ury brands to it – with the lat­est trends sug­gest­ing a change in how we shop and what we shop for in 2017.

THE NEW FASH­ION ICONS

This year is go­ing to see a huge curve­ball mixed in with our mod­ern fash­ion icons. While she’s sur­rounded by con­tro­versy, there’s no doubt Me­la­nia Trump’s style choices are go­ing to be mak­ing head­lines. Dolce & Gab­bana al­ready dressed her for a 44 New Year’s party, and while many de­sign­ers have re­fused to dress her, Me­la­nia is surely go­ing to have sup­port­ers for her style. Kate Mid­dle­ton can also take a back seat this year as it’s Prince Harry’s ac­tress girl­friend Meghan Markle who will be at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of de­sign­ers and in­dus­try in­sid­ers. Meghan’s clas­sic style with an edgy twist is much more ac­ces­si­ble than the prim and proper fash­ion choices of the Duchess of Cam­bridge.

PLUS-SIZE FASH­ION MAK­ING AN IM­PACT

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Alexan­dra Shul­man’s de­ci­sion to put plus-size model Ash­ley Gra­ham on the cover of Bri­tish Vogue in 2016, let’s hope 2017 is the year mod­els of all shapes and sizes on mag­a­zine cov­ers fi­nally be­comes the norm. While it’s un­likely to be ev­ery month, the de­ter­mi­na­tion of Vogue to con­tinue with its cover de­spite many brands re­fus­ing to dress the Amer­i­can

WHERE WILL OUR FASH­ION TRENDS COME FROM?

For as long as I can re­mem­ber, fash­ion trends have been dic­tated by what’s on the cat­walk, which then fil­ters down to the high street for us mere mor­tals to buy. How­ever, as we step into 2017, I re­cently had a con­ver­sa­tion with a col­league about a re­cent trend to wear fish­net tights un­der ripped jeans and where this had come from. As far as I can re­call this isn’t some­thing I have seen on any re­cent cat­walk. And then it hit me. This is not a cat­walk trend but in­stead a style trend as started by the Kar­dashian/Jen­ner fam­ily, all of which have been wear­ing this par­tic­u­lar out­fit in the past few weeks. With sites now re­port­ing this as one of ‘2017’s big­gest trends’, can it be that our style choices this year will be dic­tated by celebri­ties and re­al­ity TV stars rather than the clas­sic method of fash­ion de­sign­ers?

model, will hope­fully in­spire other pub­li­ca­tion and fash­ion brands to do the same.

All eyes will be on the fash­ion choices of Meia­nia Trump (left), Ash­ley Gra­ham (be­low) and Meghan Markle (right) this year; while 2017 could see fish­net tights un­der ripped jeans as the next trend

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