May 30, 2019 | By Louise Squire
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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.
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.
If this trend were a person it would be: Sophia Loren
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