In January the largest body similar. Marks & Spencer Exchange lunch time Waiting in line, sly Christmas cardigan cardigan, packed with treadmills Runners trying to remember how to control, dry January martyrs make a lot of song and dance in the bar every Coke.
But this special January feel clearly different. Few new years begin with a spirit of the times in such cruel optimism. The mood of social media on New Year’s Day is a curious spirit of blitzkrieg And World War II Victory Day demob-fever. The aftermath of 2016 felt our collective resolve to bring a better year through pure willpower. Last year there was an obscure term over its fair share – the truth from Kondo Hyge – but this year the first was that everyone could be united. Optimism is now so hot.
This is something global, but the style is part of it, because something at the individual level or even the whole is expressed in small ways. The deep statement is posted in Instagram, like your immediate family member. What you wear to face 2017 is a statement,. In Susie Boyt’s book My Jodie Garland lives, she writes that one lesson she learned from the heroine is that “Glamor is a moral stand.” The sauce cheers and brightens the world in 2017 by red lipstick or choice The life of the t-shirt is a generous act. So it looks like 2017 has a different tendency to what happened in the past. More cheerful, more colorful, more outward look. Hindsight, the athleisure trend dominated the first half of 2016 seems to mean not only a healthy, healthy atmosphere, it represents the time, but some on the attract and brazen celebration of the human shoals, staged in the meta-scale later this year.
Optimistic and unique full embrace of our new year is the fashion back to the front foot. Support by Christopher Bailey still causes Anna Wintour to run for Hillary Clinton The industry’s most open-minded politics for decades has been lost last year. But retreated to the default black – tired and indifferent, in the classic metaphor of style and refuge rather than with fashion now – fashion at the door came out in 2017 brilliant colors. So: This is what to wear, and now positive thinking is the new black. Costumes for the costumes of the leftovers of the lunch boxes, brand new gym cards.
Don’t think we need spell out the symbolism here. The item that encapsulates the new optimism best of all is the Gucci rainbow sweater, which became a modern classic after it appeared on the Gucci runway, and shortly thereafter on Alexa Chung, in 2015. If you have the funds to buy this sweater, do it. Gap’s Happy Stripe is a cheap and cheerful alternative at a fraction of the price, now sold out online, although you could – optimistically! – try your luck on a sale rail.
A La La Land dress
The first iconic style image of 2017 is Emma Stone dancing with Ryan Gosling in a yellow dress, in the poster for Oscar-buzz movie La La Land. Mary Zophres, the film’s costume designer, has said that she wanted the brightly coloured dresses of the film to “evoke some kind of emotion that lands in the subconscious or conscious”. The dress is not a high-fashion yellow, but the yellow of canaries and squeezy mustard and those light-up hexagons on Blockbusters, and this is exactly what makes it jolly.
The second series of Stranger Things won’t arrive till later this year, but the look will be everywhere long before that. The fashion obsession with the show that saw the cast hanging out at Louis Vuitton HQ at Paris fashion week has fuelled a fuzzy nostalgia for 1980s dressing as remembered through Spielberg-tinted glasses. Think: varsity jackets over check shirts, backpacks with baseball caps and oversized denim jackets over floral dresses, as seen at the Topshop Unique show.
The February issue of British Vogue, out this week, praises the return of the kitten heel. After almost a decade in the long grass, the mini-heel is back as a serious fashion option this year. The most prized options will be those with the Dior-branded ribbon slingbacks, or Manolo Blahnik’s collaboration with Vetements in jewel-coloured satin, but the options will be endless. The surprisingly impressive boost a kitten heel gives to your silhouette, combined with walkability, will put a spring in your step. And the name is perfect for a new year of cheer: goodbye killer heels, hello kitten heels.
The hot shoulder
The ubiquity of the off-the-shoulder trend in 2016 belied the fact that those clothes were more challenging to wear than they looked. A top that relies on your upper arms being pinned to your sides makes it tricky to drive, or cook, or dance. This year, the lady-shoulder will be a focal point once more, but this time padded, pointed, ruffled or possibly all three. Shown at its finest on the Balenciaga catwalk, this is a look that is about women taking up more room, rather than being encouraged to take up as little as possible. In a Trump world, a woman in a power shoulder takes on a newly subversive quality.
The splashy sunflowers on the Dolce & Gabbana SS17 catwalk are set to make these the most fashionable of flowers. Having been overlooked in favour of more elegant blooms in recent years, the flower that turns en masse to face the sun channels the chipper positivity of the season.
The colour ‘kale’
What’s in a name? Everything. What was once “army green” has been rebranded for a harmonious, vegan-friendly year with the name of Beyoncé and Gwyneth’s favourite superfood. With Pantone pushing green as the shade of the season for its associations of rebirth and renewal, the case for a new winter parka just got stronger.