Raf Simons is the new Calvin Klein. The fashion world’s favorite rumor proved true in August when it was confirmed that Raf Simons would be the new head honcho at Calvin Klein. The Belgian’s arrival stateside cements a new chapter in American fashion, with brands like Marc Jacobs, Coach 1941, Proenza Schouler, and presumably Calvin under Simons adopting the spectacle, craftsmanship, and drama associated with European fashion. What’s more is that Simons’s own aesthetics line up well with those of Calvin Klein—always on the hunt for the throbbing heartbeat of youth culture, be it in music, art, or beauty. In short, Simons's appointment at Calvin Klein is one of fashion’s best matches—and something worth looking forward to in 2017.
Athluxury is the new athleisure. If the word athleisure makes you grimace, fret not. The omnipresent black legging and midi sport top may well be on their way out, at least if Tory Burch has a say. The designer’s collection of elegant, country club–ready athletic apparel, Tory Sport, took athletic clothing and elevated it to a level worthy of the “Burchgeoisie,” as a friend calls Tory and her clan of well-clad fans and followers. Where Burch has prodded, other designers have followed, too: See A.P.C.’s chic workout wear with Outdoor Voices and Tim Coppens’s downtown cool collections for Under Armour.
Pink is the new camel. In 2016, monochromatic dressing really took off, with celebrities and designers endorsing head-to-toe color in droves. The most popular shade, for people such as Kim Kardashian West and brands like Hermès, was a rich hue of camel. Next year is bidding that restrained color adieu in favor of lovely, shocking, and joyous shades of pink. Valentino, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, Céline, Givenchy, Bottega Veneta, and more sent out numbers in all types of rose, making it the color to beat in 2017.
Platforms are the new Stan Smiths. For a while there, it seemed that the Stan Smith would never be unseated as fashion’s footwear of choice. Well, that time might have come. Designers proposed teetering platform shoes, like Balenciaga’s square-toed stompers and Maison Margiela’s lifted loafers, leaving us clamoring for new heights. Just be careful walking on cobblestones, and running between fashion shows, for that matter.
Khakis are the new jeans. The designer denim resurgence of the 2010s might have met its match in the workwear-inspired khakis that were all over the Spring 2017 runways. Alexander Wang gave the pants a slouchy feel worthy of his surfer babes, the Kenzo duo looked to high-waisted and structured ’00s styles, and Rag & Bone’s Marcus Wainwright made his preppy and slightly sheer. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a pair of classic workwear Dickies or Carhartts. However you take your trousers, the moral is: The more beige the better.
Phone cases are the new It bags . . . but if you must spring for a purse, make it a novelty bag. In today’s world, you don’t need much more than your iPhone when you leave the house—and designers have taken note. For seasons, Jeremy Scott has been producing kitschy cases at Moschino, and for Spring 2017 Nicolas Ghesquière replaced Louis Vuitton’s covetable bags with an even more-so phone case in monogrammed leather. Should you want to bring more than just your phone when you go out, the bag to reach for is not the black leather bucket, but rather a wild, kooky, and fun novelty bag like Balenciaga’s striped shopper or Fendi’s mini, fur-trimmed number.
Slogans are the new logos. Logo mania took 2016 fashion by storm, but for 2017, brands are focused less on themselves and more on getting a message of togetherness across. Michael Kors intarsia-ed a sweater with the word love, Haider Ackermann went with be your own hero on tees, and Dior’s Maria Grazia Chiuri chose Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s phrase we should all be feminists. Hear hear!
Crocs are the new Birkenstocks. We’ll see if this one catches on, but if Christopher Kane has his way, the fashion set will be replacing their sensible Birkenstocks with even more sensible Crocs. The superlight shoes were the star of Kane’s Spring 2017 show; the designer wowed his crowd with his willingness to partner with a brand considered so outside the world of high fashion. Even if you won’t be wearing the kicks, you have to commend Kane on his audacity to upend expectations again and again.
Statement earrings are the new statement earrings. Some trends are forever—or at least for several years. Such is the case for statement earrings, which arrived on Céline’s Fall 2014 runway and continued to dominate the Spring 2017 shows. The best bets for 2017, we’d venture, are Proenza Schouler’s door knockers or Altuzarra’s cherry red hoops.
Big cats are the new house cats. Everybody loves a cat sweater, this much is certain. In 2016, a bevy of designers from Stella McCartney to Gucci put cats not only on their clothing but also in their lookbooks, with the feline friends curled up beside—or sometimes on—models. Gucci even went so far as to feature actual lions and tigers in its campaign. The only way to top this, we think, is if Coach 1941 manages to bring its tyrannosaurus mascot Rexy to life. We’ll see. . . .