My 2017 challenge: Wear more color. Studies show that wearing color lifts your mood. How do I know this? I studied myself in the mirror while wearing every colored item in my wardrobe, and I laughed. Mission accomplished. Granted, I laughed because I looked like an idiot, but who cares? (Maybe my mom, but then she’s already invested a lot in me.)
The runways were awash with one striking color in particular. Pink! The color of Hello Kitty, cherry blossoms and slightly infectious rashes (the kind you don’t need to worry about… yet).
At Schiaparelli, helmed by Bertrand Guyon, the design director channeled Elsa with shocking pink, a heart cutout calling attention to the model’s décolleté.
Valentino was all, like, so you think pink is going to be big, ok fine, here you go. And then just sent out an electric pink pleated dress so vivid it’s like sore eyes made neon. Honestly, sore eyes have never looked this good.
Givenchy’s approach worked best for me. Ricardo Tischi’s gingham pleated embroidered pink frock was an ode to all things right in the world. It’s like if you magnified the fantasies of a 9-year-old picnic enthusiast, you’d get this dress.
(To be honest, that 9-year-old was me. True story: When I was in college, I painted my apartment pink. A soft, sweet pink. Pink like your labia minora. Pink like a really good beach sunset.)
So pink, along with some of the other trends reaching peak levels, are essentially nostalgia machines designed to simulate my youth—from oversized shapes and cinched denim (circa “Beverly Hills 90210”) to bangs (Hello, fourth grade hair cut! How I underestimated you).
I asked a bunch of cool fashion types what other trends they’re looking forward to in this first quarter of 2017. Only one other person said pink. So, be warned.
“I’m looking forward to bra tops this spring. Not because I’m a super big fan, but I just can’t wait to shut down people who say, ‘Hey! Your bra (strap) is showing.’”—Jacque de Borja, Preen.ph editor
“A fun fringe, like Dakota Johnson’s ’do on Vogue. Very fresh.”—Jing Monis, hair stylist
“Robe Trend: Looking forward to the day I get out of the shower then go straight to work. #fresh #wet”—Nimu Muallam, Hinge creative director
“Nipples. It’s feminine and unapologetic. And unless the bra is meant to be seen, I’ve never been a fan of them to begin with.”—Martine Cajucom, Sunnies creative director
“Wavy bobs where we use curling tongs or flat iron as styling gadgets to create beach waves on short bobs. Spring always signifies freshness and simplicity.”—Alex Carbonell, hair stylist
“Fifty shades of pink. And big architectural hoops and skyhook earrings. It’s a nice break from last year’s minimalism trend.”—Lucille Dizon, jewelry designer
“Oversized classics, like a parka and shirt. Feeling inspired by Beverly Hills 90210. I want high-waist skinny denims now.” —Gian Romano, designer