Fashion Forward

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By Progga A. Sarder

Warmer weather isn’t the only reason to look forward to spring!

With bright colours, eye-catching patterns and visual deja vus appearing all over the runways for spring and summer, we’re in for an interesting season in fashion.



Punk rock is making a hard comeback this season as we take a look back at the 80s for inspiration. Taking notes from icons such as Cyndi Lauper and Bowie, designers are using the vibrance and sharp edges of the era to add distinctly striking accents to their various apparels.  

Details: Off-shoulder tops, leather fringes, bralettes, deconstructed shirts

Inspiration: Madonna circa 1983

Seen at: Vetements, Vera Wang, Anna Sui, Rodarte, Marc Jacobs

New Romantics

This season, designers are mixing subtle femininity with hints of witchy chic. Cut-outs and sheer lacy fabrics in pitch black shades offer modesty with a hint of allure while silken robes in pastel hues help in softening the overall style.

Details: Floral patterns, sheer fabrics, robes, ruffles and lace

Inspiration: Stevie Nicks (early Fleetwood Mac era)

Seen at: Wes Gordon, Burberry, Jason Wu, Chloé, Lanvin


With the marketing of superhero genres and reboots of intergalactic classics, it’s no wonder that the fashion industry has taken inspiration from the sci-fi fixations of the earlier decades of pop culture. The most notable feature of this trend is likely the reflective sequins and lamé appearing on slim-fitted, ankle-length dresses like those seen at the Saint Laurent and Nina Ricci shows in February. 

Details: White moto jackets, lamé, sequins, iridescent metallic textures

Inspiration: Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia (or maybe the Star Wars movies all together)

Seen at: Kenzo, Gucci, Nina Ricci, Saint Laurent, Paco Rabanne

Buzz Kill

Business casual of the 80s is one of the new couture looks of SS17. There is something about this look (maybe it’s the exaggerated shoulder-pads or the double-breasted blazers with too-big buttons) that, while carrying on the fun feel of the 80s, still managed to look austere and professional. And this season designers have brought that back with choice statement pieces to look forward to.                                                                                                                                              Details: Loose blazers, sleeveless sweaters, boxy shoulders, pinstripes

Inspiration: Molly Ringwald circa 1985

Seen at: Balenciaga, Jil Sander, Prada, Michael Kors


Comeback Kid

Who can forget the comforts of button-up trackpants and jerseys from back in the 90s? The original streetwear of the era allowed for flexibility and mobility whereas the revisit this season focuses more on glorifying designer brands with wordmarks in big, bold text and in-your-face bright colours. Other than that, however, the styles are agreeably familiar.

Details: Tracksuits, sweats, word graphics, neon colours, windbreakers

Inspiration: Will Smith (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air era)

Seen at: Gucci, Dior, Versace, MSGM, Acne Studios


Within every city boy, lies a man who desires to explore the world. This season the runways chose to express human nature’s desire to explore through comfortable khaki and breathable Hawaiian shirts. Paired with parkas and the in-trend backpacks, cityslickers will be geared up and ready for any adventures.

Details: Khaki, cargo pants, parkas, tropical prints

Inspiration: Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones 

Seen at: Prada, David Hart, Balenciaga, Scotch and Soda, Zegna


Patriotism in America was at an all-time high in the 80s, due to the ripples people felt from the Cold War. This was portrayed in the media and eventually surfaced in international street fashion. Due to current events, this style has now made its way onto the runways this Spring-Summer season. 

Details: Camo print, bomber jackets, jumpsuits, patches, muted colours 

Inspiration: Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell 

Seen at: Valentino, Givenchy, Dsquared2, Giorgio Armani, Louis Vuitton

First Mate

The 70s were one of most iconic style eras for men. Amidst the bizarre bellbottoms and fitted polos, Marine-style gems like denim shirts and statement stripes became timeless trends when worn by idols like Jimi Hendrix and Egon von Fürstenberg. This season, we see updated naval fashion hitting the runways for menswear, whether subtly like with a simple kerchief around the neck or full ensembles that would put Skipper to shame.

Details: Broad stripes, neckerchiefs, rope belts, powder blue shirts, wide-leg trousers

Inspiration: Steve McQueen circa 1959

Seen at: Dior Homme, Lanvin, Topman, Saint Laurent, J. Crew


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