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!

RED 

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Above: Trussardi Fall 2016

ORANGE

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Above: Alberta Ferretti Fall 2016

YELLOW

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Above: Ports 1961 Fall 2016

GREEN

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Above: Prada Fall 2016

BLUE

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Above: Versace Fall 2016

INDIGO

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Above: Etro Fall 2016

VIOLET

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Above: Trussardi Fall 2016

Straight-Off-the-Catwalk Halloween Costumes

Check out these straight-off-the-catwalk looks that are as Halloween costume-y as they are haute couture. Bonus–all of these looks are by women!

CHEERLEADER

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Above: colourful, collegiate fun much? Straight from Anna Sui’s Spring 2017 collection.

1920S SOCIALITE

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Above: Good for Myrtle Wilson or Jordan Baker perhaps. Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Spring 2016 Couture.

CLUSTER OF RED BLOOD CELLS

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Above: For those of you who favour something more conceptual, why not this Fall 2016 Comme des Garçons look?

AMBASSADOR FROM THE FUTURE

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Above: for you spacey, forward-thinking types there is this beautiful look from the Zimmermann Fall 2016 show

BEETLEJUICE

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Above: All you need is this Alice + Olivia Spring 2016 suit–let your hair and makeup do the rest

FOLKTALE HEROINE

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Above: Not sure which heroine exactly, but its a vague-enough costume name to wear this beautiful Reem Acra Spring 2016 dress.

THOROUGHLY MODERN WITCH

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Above: Nobody does witchy like Wendy Nichol. This dress is from her Spring 2016 collection, but pretty much anything from any collection will do.

BOTH GARDEN & GARDENER

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Above: Another more conceptional costume. You’ll definitely turn heads in this wild Vivenne Westwood Spring 2016 ensemble–just look at the beekeeper hat!

RAVER PROM QUEEN

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Above:…or whatever name you can think of that will suit this wild, fun ensemble from Betsey Johnson Spring 2016 that is too fun to pass up.

ICE QUEEN

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Above: You’re cool, you’re regal, you’re wearing Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Fall 2015 Couture for Halloween.

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