My head is full of the joys of spring, the longer days, blossom and our fabulous and exciting new stock, but the reality is I’ve been incredibly busy buying Autumn/Winter collections. The London shows and agents have occupied me for the last two months, but I have to say the highlight was my all too brief visit to Paris, to the flamboyant and oh so glamorous Tranoi show and Tuileries galleries.
Tranoi absorbs all the passion and prestige of Parisian fashion, making it a brilliant trade show for people like me seeking the line between creativity and wearability. Tranoi and Tuileries are artistic platforms that gather the best of avant-garde and progressive designers as well as contemporary and leading brands. Gliding (ok, more like careful manoeuvring) amongst the artistic installations, runway shows, and an array of events aiming to inspire, I was able to pick out some fantastic new brands and select wonderful ranges for the AW17 season.
So you are all dying to know the trends for AW17, well, all I can say is embellishment, colour and more bold patterns and colours are the order of the season. The wide leg trouser is most definitely the direction we are moving in. Any length, short, cropped or long seems to be OK, but it is definitely strengthening its hold on the market and to wear them, you’ll need bold boots, pumps or mules.
To compliment all those patterns and colours you’ll need bold statement jewellery, anything featuring opulent gemstones, bright enamel’s and pendants are going to be here from Spring through to next year and beyond (look no further than our wonderful jewellery pages for inspiration). Shoes should be bold, bright any heel seem to go, the white-washed platform sole is staying and although the trainer is out, the pump and hightop remain! And here’s a sneaky preview of one of the shoes from a new brand that will feature in our AW17 range….
My choices are definitely tailored for my customer, with a pinch of the catwalk and high-fashion, we will have Vilagallo making it’s return for winter – our latest new edition to our brand range. In addition, we have the classic Transit Par Such who showcased an exceptional range for next season with a sophisticated twist on trends.
Another feature for this and next season is the more tailored jacket and Majestic Filatures have got it so right, their incredible jackets and textures are highly wearable and stylish.
Lots more to follow and of course a few surprises on the way…
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