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.

 

Suited to the Task: Evan Rachel Wood

All eyes–and iPhones–were locked on Evan Rachel Wood at the Golden Globes this past January, when she chose to wear a custom Altuzarra tux instead of a gown. “I’m not trying to protest dresses, but I wanted to make sure that young girls and women know they aren’t a requirement,” she said, adding later, “I promised myself I would wear a suit to every awards show this year.”

  • Evan Rachel Wood in “Suit Yourself” by Wendy Kaur in Elle Canada April 2017

Other sharp suits for inspiration:

Above: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2016

Above: Barbara Bui, Pre-Fall 2016

Above: Dondup, Pre-fall 2016

Above: Marni, Pre-fall 2016

Above: Ports 1961, Pre-Fall 2016

Above: Stella McCartney, Pre-fall 2016

Paris Rainbow: Fall 2016

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

RED 

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Above: Vanessa Bruno Fall 2016 

ORANGE

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Above: Alessandra Rich Fall 2016 

YELLOW

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Above: Sonia Rykiel Fall 2016

GREEN

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Above: Zadig & Voltaire Fall 2016

BLUE

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Above: Vika Gazinskaya Fall 2016

INDIGO

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Above: Sacai Fall 2016

VIOLET

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Above: Miu Miu Fall 2016

Paris Rainbow: Spring 2016

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

RED

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Above: Leonard Spring 2016

ORANGE

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Above: Stella McCartney Spring 2016

YELLOW

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Above: Vanessa Bruno Spring 2016

GREEN

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Above: Sharon Wauchob Spring 2016

BLUE

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Above: Hermès Spring 2016

INDIGO

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Above: Sonia Rykiel Spring 2016

VIOLET

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Above: Paul & Joe Spring 2016

Bibliostyle: “An Unofficial Rose” by Iris Murdoch

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Above: A Détacher Fall 2015

Emma was sitting in her usual chair. She had a new dress on, or at any rate one which Hugh had not seen before, and looked singularly handsome. The dress was of a dark fine very light tweed with a thin green stripe, cut wide and long in the skirt like all her dresses. Leaning back, the silver-topped cane in its place, her frizzy grey hair more orderly than usual like a contrived and generous wig, she seemed something remote, something French, something vastly clever and timeless out of some courtly world of ceremony and sophistication. Tender, admiring, covetous, and unreasoningly pleased with himself, he took her good looks as an omen and as a tribute.

– from An Unofficial Rose by Iris Murdoch

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Above: Veronique Branquinho Fall 2015

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Above: Suno Fall 2016

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Above: Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2016

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Above: Roksanda Fall 2015

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Above: Prada Fall 2015 

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Above: Missoni Fall 2015

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Above: Emilia Wickstead Fall 2015 

 

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