Spring 2017 Trends: Editor’s Picks

After combing through all the Spring 2017 shows in all the major cities, here are my favourite looks from this season. While The Closet Feminist identified a lot of the major trends (belts, purple, witchy, etc), I still find myself attracted to looks that don’t stray too far from my own aesthetic–know what works for you, old habits die hard, etc. Here are my picks for this season!


Above: Sea Spring 2017

Above: Camilla and Marc Spring 2017

Above: Shaina Mote Spring 2017

Above: Each x Other Spring 2017

Above: Luisa Beccaria

With or without some super-femme ruffles, I love the square, apron-esque necklines that were seen this season. They’re often appropriate for work, something a little different, and frame the face nicely.  Also, practically speaking, thick straps = no complicated bras needed.


Above: Lisa Perry, Spring 2017

Above: Alice + Olivia Spring 2017

Above: Zadig & Voltaire Spring 2017

Regardless of season, I love black dresses with white collars. I love girly dresses juxtaposed with more masculine or structured shoes. Super wearable, practically my uniform.

Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2017

Above: Prada Spring 2017

I also love defined waists, and shamelessly femme silhouettes. I’ve found myself acquiring more simple black dresses (like the Prada one above) that I want to dress up with belts and accessories.


I really liked the Spring 2017 collection of Melitta Baumeister, above. I liked the voluminous white and light grey looks, which is super contrary to my love-of-all-things-defined shapes mentioned above.

I wonder though if this collection was especially compelling because this model was so different and looked somewhat like me. I get alienated by the sea of loose beige nothings offered by Elizabeth & James because its all shown on white models. This collection, however simple, caught my eye. Now I want a shiny silver chain necklace to wear with everything and a full sleeve of tattoos!

Above: All Melitta Baumeister Spring 2017


All images from Vogue Runway.




Spring 2017 Trend Report: Belts

Both myself and CF advising editor Lydia were coming of age where belted everything was a trend–cardigans, blazers, and skirts with a belt were a wardrobe staple for us for years. Lydia observed that we are “so there” for belts, trend-wise. We’re happy to see this trend come full circle, and evidently designers are too since this was one of the most popular looks we saw this season.

Above: Elizabeth & James Spring 2017

The Olsen twins have a serious problem with diversity–their lookbook above is no exception. They very rarely feature models of colour. At least they’re offering fetching obi-inspired belts.

Above: Rosie Assoulin Spring 2017

Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2017

Above: Carolina Herrera Spring 2017

Above: Etro, Spring 2017

Above: Hermes, Spring 2017

The simplicity of a minimal black belt as seen above and below lends a surprising amount of definition and edge to an otherwise sweet dress.

Above: Isabel Marant, Spring 2017

Above: Les Copains, Spring 2017

Above: Miu Miu, Spring 2017

Above: Monique Lhuilllier, Spring 2017

Above: Monse, Spring 2017

Above: Prada, Spring 2017

Note that belts featured heavily in both of Miuccia Prada’s lines–Prada and Miu Miu.

Above: Vanessa Seward, Spring 2017

Love the juxtaposition of the prim belt above with the undeniably glam lurex dress at Vanessa Seward above.

Above: Veronique Leroy, Spring 2017

Above: Versus Vesace, Spring 2017

Above: Vivienne Tam, Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Trend Report: Witchy

Are you a good witch or a bad witch? This spring, you can be both!

Imagery and awareness of magic and witchy women have grown increasingly the last couple years especially in the public eye. The fashion world has taken note, that is for certain. Whether you are a die-hard Stevie Nicks’ aesthetic, or are curious as to what Hermione Granger might wear should she embrace her inner wild woman, here are some looks from the Spring ’17 catwalks for inspiration. As always, all of these looks have been taken from design houses run by women!

Above: Wendy Nichol, Spring 2017

Wendy Nichol’s collections are always magic, regardless of season. The hood on this outfit is what makes it special.

Above: Cynthia Rowley, Spring 2017

A very water-goddess look from Cyntha Rowley above.

Above: Aganovitch, Spring 2017

Feel like the Aganovitch look above veers more towards Middle Earth wanderer, but hey, it takes all types.

Above: Alberta Ferretti, Spring 2017

Above: Cushnie et Ochs, Spring 2017

Above: Melitta Baumeister, Spring 2017

This Melitta Baumeister look above is probably my favourite of all these.

Above: Phoebe English, Spring 2017

A more classic goddess look above from Phoebe English.

Above: Simone Rocha, Spring 2017

Above: Sonia Rykiel, Spring 2017

Above: Veronique Branquinho, Spring 2017

The small streak of blood-red lipstick on the lower lip of all the models in the Veronique Branquinho show above made a huge impact. Note to self!

Above: Wanda Nylon, Spring 2017

All images above from Vogue Runway.

Recommended reading for magical folks:

 The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

Jailbreaking the Goddess by Lasara Firefox Allen

What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

White Is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino

Bitch Media’s Popaganda episode on Magic, here.


Spring 2017 Trend Report: Purple

Purple can be tough. While it’s a playful colour, it is not typically considered very professional. Finding colours to go with it can be a challenge at first, so it was surprising to see purples from lavender to rich plum shades all over the Spring 2017 runways! As always, all these looks are pulled from design houses helmed by women!

Above: Rachel Comey Spring 2017

Above: Alberta Ferretti Spring 2017

Above: Alessandra Rich Spring 2017

Above: Attico, Spring 2017

Above: Rodarte Spring 2017

Above: Temperley London Spring 2017

Above: ThreeasFour Spring 2017

Above: Veronique Leroy, Spring 2017

Above: Versace, Spring 2017


All images from Vogue Runway.

Milan Rainbow: Fall 2016

A look from every colour of the rainbow–all from the Fall 2016 collections from Milan–based female designers!



Above: Trussardi Fall 2016



Above: Alberta Ferretti Fall 2016



Above: Ports 1961 Fall 2016



Above: Prada Fall 2016



Above: Versace Fall 2016



Above: Etro Fall 2016



Above: Trussardi Fall 2016

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