Trend Alert from NYFW S/S17: Shoulder Play

Shoulder tops are big for S/S17

Each season, in addition to our in-depth catwalk reviews at WGSN, we spotlight the early trends that are coming through.

Right now we’re in the middle of New York Fashion Week S/S17  and key themes are already emerging from the shows.

Spotted at Self-Portrait, Jason Wu, Tibi and Alexander Wang; it was all about Shoulder Play.

Tibi S/S17: Shoulder tops come into play

Tibi S/S17: Shoulder tops come into play

This trend has been prevalent for the last couple of seasons and a focus on shoulders and skin exposure is still key for S/S 17. We reported back in June, how the off-the-shoulder top was a summer retail success for womenswear in our WGSN  Instock data report and blog. The key item works because: “The silhouette is the ideal transitional top, offered in both casual and occasion ranges. Also known as the cold-shoulder top, fits range from second-skin ballet styles to looser-fitting bohemian shapes, making the item accessible for a wide customer base,” said WGSN INstock editor Jessica Fioriti.

For S/S17, it’s more exposed shoulder, than strictly off-the-shoulder. Styling wise the catwalk offers up many options. Multiple straps, ruffles, simple cutouts or unbuttoned rows of tiny buttons create enticing new dimensions on playful, feminine silhouettes.

Alexander Wang S/S17: Shoulder tops come into play

Alexander Wang S/S17: Shoulder play

If this trend were a person it would be: Sophia Loren

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