Trend Focus

Hold the Line

With their nautical, beach-inspired vibes, stripes are an adorned match for summer. Besides fitting the season perfectly, they make up for an alluring statement to your wardrobe. In come the bold lines, directional stripes and colour clashing patterns for a contemporary feel.

by Karin Cuppens

Seen on the Runway

Most certainly the hero of stripes for SS17 is label Ports 1961. They are showcasing a variety of lines that radiate ever bright. Ranging from thin patterns to mixing colours the collection is the epiphany of a mesmerising trip. Of course, they weren’t sole in zooming in on the trend. Valentino took a new turn under the direction of Pierpaolo Piccioli, designing a collection that captivated a whole new and broader public. The first piece he sent up the runway during the SS17 show was a long striped dress in pink hues that directly set the tone. Philip Lim added a touch of rock ’n roll to the traditional pattern with a short-suited silhouette in white, yellow and blue tones. Overall, designers uncovered a modern manner of enforcing the striped power in their ensembles.
From left: Off-White, Valentino, Ports 1961, Missoni, 3.1 Phillip Lim

Translated to the Streets

Opt for bright and bold when it comes to your stripe to realise a vivid silhouette. Mismatch colours and don’t shy away from opposed lines. For a minimal approach to the lines with maximum impact, choose an asymmetrical shaped top with for instance one shoulder cut out. Combine with shorts for a thrilling daytime look or with a ravishing skirt to dazzle your dinner date. On a more classic yet timeless note: sport a white and blue pattern paired with a chalky pair of trousers. This look oozes elegance and luxury when featured in exquisite fabrics such as silk or lace. Because in spite of cotton being the go-to textile to face the blazing heat of the sun, touching up your stripe with a surprising texture or fibre will make you fall out of line. In the best way possible.