The 7 Biggest Runway Trends of Spring 2017

11:08 AM 10/7/2016

by Booth Moore

Last Word - Christian Dior  -  Chloe - Monse - Getty -H 2016
Estrop/Getty Images (3)

Fashion month officially wrapped when Paris Fashion Week drew to a close on Wednesday, and you know what that means — the official trend report for spring 2017 has arrived. From oversize fits to sock booties, check out the looks that will be hot for next season.

  • Get ready to be swallowed by your clothes.

    If you haven’t hopped on the oversized trend already, come spring, you’ll have lots to choose from, including Working Girl blazers with supersized shoulders from Balenciaga, slouchy pantsuits with printed fabric peeking out of the pants cuffs from Celine, baggy shorts suits from Jil Sander, seafaring-inspired sack dresses from Chloe, billowy ponchos and balloon pants from Kenzo and more. So go ahead, dig into that bread basket.

    (Above looks, from left: Chloe, Balenciaga, Jil Sander)

  • Pleated pants, not just for dads anymore.

    Skinnies begone, the new pant silhouettes are high waist (Hermes), paper bag waist (Stella McCartney), flared leg (that to-die-for Gucci denim suit and the embroidered Nudie-inspired number at Roberto Cavalli) and balloon-shaped (Kenzo).  

    (Above looks, from left: Stella McCartney, Hermes, Gucci)

  • Runway reality check.

    Once upon a time the runways were about dressing up. But fashion brands have had to come down to earth to attract new customers raised on casual jeans, flannels and sneakers. Denim and t-shirts appeared on many runways this season, most notably at the vaunted French fashion house of Dior. Even eveningwear was toned down, with dressed up casual replacing glitzy gowns at Valentino, Prada and more. And the comfort shoe revolution continued with Crocs at Christopher Kane, flip flops at Alexander Wang, elegant Tevas at Versace, clogs at Max Mara, sneakers at Celine and classic ballet flats at Chanel.

    (Above look: Dior)

  • Sock booties.

    If you’re not wearing the shoes mentioned above (or Gucci’s bestselling horsebit slippers seen all over the streets), come spring, you may want to invest in a pair of sock booties. Elasticized athletic versions were paired with many looks at Chanel, scuba-inspired styles seen at Maison Margiela and allover print booties with matching dresses and handbags, made a statement at Emilio Pucci

    (Above look: Emilio Pucci)


    A photo posted by CHANEL (@chanelofficial) on

  • The new loungewear.

    Popular on the runways (and more so among the street style set), pajama dressing is here to stay, as seen at Gucci (luxe silk sets), Lanvin (silk robes, striped boxer shorts and crystal studded slides), Prada (marabou feather trimmed print PJs) and at Miu Miu (mink bathrobes, worn over retro swimsuits).

    Lingerie is in, too — a pale pink satin corset worn over a t-shirt at Fenty, corset detailing worked into a white button down shirt at Stella McCartney and the boned corset tops of Chiuri’s embroidered tulle dresses at Dior. Foundation garments were a through line in several collections, too, from the bra tops at Giambattista Valli and Dior, to the shiny Spandex boot leggings stretching from hip to stiletto tip at Balenciaga.

    And let’s not forget ‘90s-era slips in this lingerie story; nowhere were they more apparent than at Chanel, where a lace-edged slip in pale pink or black was worn with nearly every look.

    (Above looks, from left: Fenty x Puma, Lanvin, Miu Miu)


    A photo posted by Dior Official (@dior) on

  • Shirt tales.

    Fashion’s love affair with surgically slicing and dicing, ruffle-trimming, off shoulder draping, and elongating the sleeves and cuffs on the humble button down shirt continues. On the streets and the runways at Monse, Michael Kors, Hood by Air, Stella McCartney and Jacquemus, the statement shirt is still making a statement.  Paris boutique Merci even dedicated a whole shop-in-shop to the shirt during fashion week.

    (Above looks, from left: Monse, Hood by Air, Alexander Wang)

  • Bags: XXS or XXL

    Bags grew to outsize proportions at Balenciaga (the Tati-inspired tote bag, and portable poufs big enough to sit on) and Celine, where models gripped ginormous totes. A commentary on the outsize importance of accessories to luxury brands? Could be. Though elsewhere, they shrank down to credit-card sized proportions. At Valentino and Hermes, mini bags were worn almost like jewelry, and at Louis Vuitton, the new shape is no bigger than a cell phone. It’s the perfect entry level luxury item. 

    (Above looks, from left: Celine, Louis Vuitton)