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February 22, 2016

Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Trend Forecast

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If you follow me on InstagramFacebookTwitter, or Snapchat @thekeytochic, then you might've already seen some sneak previews of four key Women's fashion trends for spring summer 2017 as highlighted by fashion forecasting firm Fashion Snoops at Magic Market Week. The four trends that they are featuring are: Raw Coast, Arise, La Isla, and Juxtapoze. I'll be sharing key details, colors, silhouettes, and retail examples of each trend in this report. 

September 13, 2017 update - See 9 key trends for fall 2017/winter 2018 in my retail trend report.

August 17, 2017 update - See this fall 2018 and winter 2019 fashion trend forecast.

August 8, 2017 update - See 9 fall 2017 back-to-school fashion trends in my retail report.

July 25, 2017 update - See top retail trends:

July 18, 2017 update - See denim and footwear trends for summer 2017:

July 8, 2017 update - See four key trends for Women in this spring summer 2018 fashion forecast on Fashion Trend Guide.

June 1, 2017 update - See my summer 2017 retail trend report on Fashion Trend Guide.

May 30, 2017 update - Browse key denim trends:

April 12, 2017 update - Shop spring/summer 2017 trends:

March 7, 2017 update - See 6 key spring/summer 2017 denim trends for Women on Fashion Trend Guide.

March 6, 2017 update - See this spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast featuring 4 key themes by Fashion Snoops.

March 1, 2017 update - See the top 6 spring/summer 2017 fashion trends for Juniors in my trade show report.

February 27, 2017 update - See top footwear trends for 2017 in my trade show report featuring seven key shoe themes. Hint: embroidery is big!

January 24, 2017 update - See 6 key denim trends for 2017 in my new report on Fashion Trend Guide.

August 24, 2016 update - See six trends for fall 2017 and winter 2018

August 20, 2016 update - See the top 7 fall 2016/winter 2017 fashion trends for Juniors and the top 7 footwear trends for fall 2016 and winter 2017 as seen at MAGIC trade show.

Follow me on my Facebook page and Pinterest trend boards, where you'll have access to trend information, fashion inspiration, shopping reports, and personal style. For even more trend forecasting inspiration, see my spring summer 2017 Juniors' fashion forecastspring and fall 2016 footwear trend report, my Juniors' spring 2016 trend report, my feature on mule shoes for spring 2016, my spring/summer 2017 denim trend report, and my 2016 denim trend report.

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Now on to the four trends, starting with Raw Coast.

Raw Coast

Here's how Fashion Snoops describes the trend: "Raw Cast defines a new shift in minimalism, one that is heavily rooted in a natural environment and coastal classics, but also serves to define new luxury. It is a welcome reset after many seasons of mismatched influences and pulsating energy. With clean lines, organic textures, and subtle utility, the gentle approach at living is reflected in breezy layers, use of linen, and natural blues, and plenty of washed and rumpled surfaces. Homage is paid to the sea with subtle maritime references like weathered rope or netting details. A ribbon of pure and desaturated color is spread across the many weather worn hues that represent the coast - clay, indigo, stone, and olive. This feeling of modern Zen is essential to the ongoing journey for relaxed sophistication and where rustic meets contemporary."   

Raw Coast Trend spring summer 2017 fashion trend forecast

The Northern California coastline is a great reference point for the trend story. There are a lot of natural materials such as linen and natural dyed indigo. Silhouette details are different kinds of tying and wrapping techniques, almost like a sarong style. Maritime inspiration is key, although with a raw vibe such as weathering effects and netting details. The color palette is blues: navy, indigo, and faded mid tones such as seaglass and bluebell.  Taupe is a neutral, with rose accents and olive. Materials are raw: linen, cotton, sheeting, weathered effects, wrinkled textures, fishermen's knit, and netting (as on this fancy cocktail coat by Milly). Graphics are screen prints of shorelines, nautical stripes, nautical stars, and dye effects. Design details are: wrap techniques, sarong ties, raw hems, and apron necklines. Key pieces include: culottes, the parka, the column dress with fringe, knotted tee (like this one), sleeveless coat, apron top (with trapeze shape), wide leg pants with sailor buttons (like these), and the wrap skirt. This wrap around shirt dress, tonal denim wrap skirt, and stripe knit set by Free People are great examples. Accessories are: pendant choker (like this Topshop style), fringe flat sandals, and the woven beach tote.

The best retailers to browse for Raw Coast examples are BarneysMadewellBoohooTarget, Anthropologie, Free People, and Topshop.

Raw Coast Colors spring summer 2017

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"Arise is inspired by the spirit of freedom that comes from an intense love for your surroundings, as well as a call to action to make a change. Togetherness is the battle cry as our global search for unity emerges in a world filled with uncertainty. Extensive travels to exotic locales shape us as global citizens, while spiritual connections are key as we explore new realms of consciousness. Psychedelic substances inspire a metaphysical approach to color and design. Souvenirs from foreign lands all have their own story to tell, but are best when layered unexpectedly.  A melting pot of sorts, Arise encourages us to be present, mindful and in harmony with today's multicultural world." 

Arise Trend spring summer 2017 fashion trend forecast

Arise is about a bohemian, gypsy spirit. References are exotic locales, eclectic influences, and are rooted in spirituality. Colors are earth driven: mustard, red, brown-casted reds, terracotta, periwinkle. Materials are rich: jacquards, tapestries, burnout, sheer chiffon, velvet, lam√©, and suede. Graphics are: ornamental, mandala prints (like on these palazzo trousers), and ethnic placements. Design details are novelty: embroidery, sequins, beads, fringe, tassels, kimono sleeves, wrap styling, and patchwork. Key items are: peasant blouses with wider sleeves (like this style), flared pants, crop tops with fuller skirts, wrap skirts, maxi dress with front plackets and gathered sleeves (here's one example), off-the-shoulder tops, and the kimono robe. This print jacket is a prime example. Accessories include the soft tote made of embossed leather (here's an example), ankle wrap flatform sandals (like this style by Jeffrey Campbell), the rope belt (like this pretty version), and the statement bracelet with fringe. 

Retailers and brands to browse for examples of Arise include: theoutnetnet-a-porterJ.CrewFree PeopleThreadsenceJohnny WasBarneys, YesStyle, and Anthropologie

Arise Colors spring summer 2017

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La Isla

According to Fashion Snoops, the inspiration for La Isla comes from Cuba. "As Cuba opens its doors to the world, its storied culture and exotic mysteries become an important design inspiration, placing focus on the intrepid spirit of a modern man and woman who crave the romance of the island's brightly colored buildings and tropical beaches. Tailored shapes and free-flowing fabrics prevail, while joyful patterns and bold hues live side-by-side with sun-faded pastels and time-honored styling. The bliss of life and jovial spirit of dressing is as abundant as the peeling paint on the buildings, the music in the streets, and the lush flowers on the trees. This new take on Havana is where the past and present dance together for a nostalgic yet forward look at tomorrow, celebrating Cuba for its rich culture and exciting future."  

La Isla Trend spring summer 2017 fashion trend forecast

With La Isla, the feel of Cuba merges with a tropical reference. Old Havana is the destination place, with Spanish roots and flamenco style as the inspiration for dresses. The landscape is lush and tropical. The color palette is bright and vivid, with deep aqua, teal, red, lava, juniper green, marigold, and apricot. Materials are: lace, openwork, taffeta, chiffon, and jute netting. Graphics are Spanish tiles (like this print) and polka dots. Design details are ruffles, tiered dresses, off-the-shoulder silhouettes, deep V-necklines, and crossover necklines. Key items are: the off-the-shoulder top (perfect printed example here), cropped tops with fuller skirts, maxi dresses (caftan styles like this), maxi skirts with tiers (like this style by Sonia Rykiel), matched sets (skirt and tops), and off-the-shoulder dresses. Accessories are the fedora, gladiator sandals with rope, and bucket bags (this embroidered style by Tory Burch is an ideal example). See this stunning printed bomber jacket for another great example of La Isla. 

March 15, 2016 update - Watch this "City Diaries" film by H&M for more La Isla style inspiration. 

See Anthropologie, Free People, Boohoo, SheIn, and Joe Fresh for examples of La Isla. 

La Isla Colors spring summer 2017

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"Juxtapoze addresses a complex individual who is heavily invested in an abstract modern world. As key figures in the gallery scene, the Juxtapoze man and woman are surrounded by visionaries that recall great design from the Bauhaus style. Loudly celebrating the colorful and absurd, geometric shapes are reflected not only in fine artwork, but also in architecture and interior design. Juxtapoze defines modern sophistication, with a wardrobe that incorporates tailored elements and a splash of pattern or color for fun. This experimental shift in design is best expressed with compelling combinations of surface and shape for a smart, modern look." 

Juxtapoze Trend spring summer 2017 fashion trend forecast

It's an artsy, abstract, modern, and complex trend with lots of primary, bright colors and tailoring. It takes a cue from the Rubik's cube. Colors are lively and enticing. For example: chartreuse, orchid purple, bubblegum pink, and aqua. Materials are mesh, perforated, spongy fabrics, and fluid fabrics, burnout techniques, and 3-D effects. Graphics are Mondrian, Bauhaus, color blocking, and pattern blocking. Design details are architecturally based, with asymmetrical hemlines (see this dress for an example), mixed media combinations, cutouts (as on this dress), shoulder cutouts, and pleats. Key items are: pullover sweater, apron top, cutout dress, sleeveless coat, wide leg pants, boxy jacket, boxy woven tee, and wrap skirt with asymmetrical hemline (like this designer style). Accessories are mules (like this modern high heeled style by Kendall + Kylie), cut away glasses, and soft tote bags. 

See Nasty Gal, Boohoo, Adidas, Solestruck, YesStyle, and Urban Outfitters for examples of Juxtapoze. 

Juxtapoze Colors spring summer 2017

See Juxtapoze examples:

For more photos of each trend, check me out on Pinterest, where I'll be posting additional trend forecasting info and inspiration. For a look at footwear trends, see my report on mule shoes for spring 2016 and my 2016 footwear trend report on Fashion Trend Guide.

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Want more trend forecasts? See my Juniors' spring summer 2017 trend reportJuniors' spring 2016 trend report, top 7 trends for fall 2016/winter 2017spring and fall 2016 footwear trend roundup, my spring/summer 2016 fashion trend forecast, a childrenswear trend forecast for spring summer 2016, or my fall 2015/winter 2016 fashion trend forecast

September 15, 2016 update - See denim trends:

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