String's Top 6 Trends for Spring 2017
Insane weather patterns notwithstanding, spring is winding its way to New York City (And given the insanity of the weather patterns, we’d like to gently remind you of the incredibly versatile Simple Lines Cardigan in String Classica—a true bastion of utility when temperatures turn temperamental and it’s snowing in the morning but sunny in the afternoon. It’s available for 20% off until the end of the month.)
Unfortunately, String Yarns doesn’t possess the power of Persephone and can’t coax consistent spring weather into existence, but we can channel our longing for warmth into a look at the runway’s hottest trends for spring. Maybe, if we all think spring fashion hard enough, like children clapping for Tinkerbell, we can breathe some life into the season. Or, you know, just enjoy looking at some pretty clothes. Either way.
There were dozens of trends that popped up on the runway, but we’ve only included our favorites here (for example, robes—as in bathrobes—are trending; as comfy as they might be, we left them off our list).
(L-R From Top) Chanel, Givenchy, Valentino, Prabal Gurung, Gucci, Delpozo, Balenciaga, Bottega Venetta, Topshop, Hermes, Kenzo, Salvatore Ferragamo
Pink was a huge trend on the runway. Why do we love it? Unlike previous years, when a single color dominates and strictly adheres to a single hue, this year saw pink in every variety. Cotton candy, flamingo, hibiscus, fuchsia, salmon, coral, rose, watermelon, blush, magenta, cherry blossom, strawberry, bubblegum—2017 is in love with all the pinks, which is good news for everyone. Whether you’re cool or warm toned, there is a pink out there for you.
(L-R From Top) Zuhair Murad, Topshop, Balenciaga, Topshop, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Isabel Marant, Kenzo, Rodarte, Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Gucci
Many of us are old enough to remember the 80s, and sometimes not too fondly (stirrup pants, please never come back). But the runways this season brought an 80s redux we can get behind. Bold shoulders, animal prints, pussybow shirts, and mini skirts are all having a moment, but our favorite aspect of 80s fashion is easily the generous use of metallic fabric. Spring is a fabulous time to grab sequin-studded and metallic yarn and knit up something fun and reflective.
(L-R From Top) Victoria Beckham, Fendi, Jason Wu, Alexander McQueen, Miu Miu, Prada, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Salvatore Ferragamo, Balenciaga
Florals are a no-brainer for spring and have been a mainstay for several seasons now. However, 2017 wants to see us awash in florals, dripping in flower prints from head to toe. Florals this season are bright, bold, and sometimes brash, rendered in both gentle pastels as well as vivid colors reminiscent of the 70s. We love any excuse to play with color, and it’s good to know that something as simple as the natural beauty of flowers never goes out of style. Speaking of color…
(L-R From Top) Elie Saab, Gucci, Missoni, Proenza Schouler, Ermano Scervino, Lacoste, Miu Miu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Rosie Assoulin, Sonia Rykiel, Fendi, Carolina Herrera
Stripes have also enjoyed a prolonged popularity on the runways, which have been populated with their graphic simplicity for several seasons now. For 2017, the stripe goes multidirectional, mixing vertical and horizontal configurations, veering into borderline color blocking, and even playing with dimension and perspective for an optical illusion effect. We love stripes because as knitters, any excuse to play with color is a welcome one. Bold color pairings and interesting stripe patterns set our hearts aflutter, so the more stripes, the better. Lucky for us, 2017 saw one more big color trend…
(L-R From Top) Alexander McQueen, Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Etro, House of Holland, Oscar de la Renta, Etro, Acne, Alberta Ferretti, Diane von Furstenberg, Roberto Cavalli
Bold prints set the runways aflame this season. Not only did designers celebrate seemingly incongruous yet delightful splashes of robust colors, but there was also a lot of pattern mixing—stripes marrying paisleys, florals linked with checkers, bohemian prints paired with patchworks. There was so much knitterly inspiration for stitch pattern interpretation, and the colors were incredibly stimulating—especially the ways in which they were coupled together. It’s a veritable inspiration goldmine for knitters.
(L-R From Top) Christian Dior, Tadashi Shoji, Simone Rocha, Giambattista Valli, Fendi, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, John Galliano, Jason Wu, Jason Wu, Chanel, Burberry
Our final favorite for spring 2017 is the sheer trend. At once feminine and evocative of warm weather, these diaphanous, ethereal looks floated down almost every runway this season. Spring and summer demand lightweight garments, but these looks went above and beyond. They conjure thoughts of delicate knits in lace and sock weight yarns. We’d certainly not go bare like the runway models, but gossamer-fine tees, tanks, and even pullovers are a joy to knit and layer in the warmer months, especially in heat wave-friendly cottons, linens, silks, and bamboos.