The Selfridges guide to SS17
THE SELFRIDGES GUIDE TO
THE NEW SEASON
Winter, we're so done with you. Thank goodness, then, that the new season is here to offer women everywhere the perfect sartorial palate cleanser. To help prep those new shopping lists, we asked our womenswear buying team what they're most excited about for spring/summer 2017. And here, for your delectation, are their insider tips...
To help prep those new shopping lists, we asked our womenswear buying team what they're most excited about for spring/summer 2017.
"The sports-luxe trend is going nowhere; this season, I'm most excited about the designers re-working it through cut, rather than embellishment. Martine Rose's oversized football shirt is my key piece for the season."
Ruth Hickman, Designer Studio buyer
"We're seeing a real movement towards architectural pieces from designers such as Toni Maticevski, Delpozo and Rosie Assoulin. The strong silhouettes may seem daunting at first, but they're actually deceptively easy to wear as they require minimal styling. The sensibility is feminine yet modern, and the pieces work hard from day into evening."
Jeannie Lee, buying manager
Boy meets girl
"Fashion shows are becoming more and more mixed every season, with men walking the women's catwalks and vice versa, as traditional definitions of gender are blurring. For SS17, we've brought several menswear designers, including Martine Rose and Craig Green, into the women's Designer Studio. Male or female, this is the modern dresser's uniform."
Heather Gramston, buying manager
"Opening Ceremony is renowned for its signature varsity jackets, and the SS17 show opened with a capsule collection of jackets inspired by countries of the world. I'm proud to be partnering with the brand in its 15th anniversary year to bring the collection exclusively to Selfridges."
Ruth Hickman, Designer Studio buyer
Let it slip
"Don't you love it when trends just don’t go away? That slip dress you bought last summer is still as relevant and wearable as ever this season. The SS17 twist? It's all about how you wear it. Punk it up with gauzy layers (see the Marques'Almeida catwalk for inspo) or take your cue from Céline and wear with knee-high socks or boots."
The Selfridges editorial team
At arm's length
"Fashion's love affair with statement sleeves continues, and this season Australian label Ellery is the go-to brand for sculptural yet wearable silhouettes. From exaggerated balloon sleeves to cuffs that cover your hands – the bigger the better."
Olivia Le Roux, Designerwear buyer
The scandal of good taste
"From Dilara Findikoglu to Gucci, the SS17 catwalks saw designers redress typical notions of good taste in favour of the bold and brash. After all, what is 'good taste' except a set of rules or underwhelming restraint? To be truly modern, unleash your inner flamboyant, break free from the mould and rebel against the ordinary."
The Selfridges creative team
Diane von Furstenburg: The new look
"Jonathan Saunders has taken over the creative helm at Diane von Furstenburg and his much-anticipated debut collection lands in store and online soon. Saunders' touch is evident in the clever mix of prints, flattering new shapes and a rebooted accessories line, while loyal DVF fans are catered to with updated signatures including the much-loved wrap dress. It's a truly modern revival of one of fashion’s most iconic brands."
Olivia McEwan, Designerwear buyer
Monse: One to watch
"There is a real buzz around young New York label Monse, dropping at Selfridges mid-February. The brand's founders, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim (now also creative directors at Oscar de la Renta), have repositioned the ultimate wardrobe staple – the white shirt – as a real wow piece. Plus, I love their laid-back, cool approach to embellished evening pieces."
Philippa Holden, Designerwear buyer
Ksenia Schnaider: One to watch
"Another brand to look out for is Ksenia Schnaider. The Kiev-based designer first introduced the Demi denim cut – a wide, loose fit on top, distressed slits at the knees and tapered at the shin (a bit like you're wearing wide shorts over skinny jeans) – and is known for her carefree, easygoing silhouettes (think loose boho dresses and shirts) and pretty digital prints."
Poppy Lomax, denim buyer