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Published: 17 Feb 2016

New York A/W 16/17 Trend Flash: A Vintage Year

We pinpointed a mood towards vintage 1940s-style silhouettes in our Pre-Fall coverage and the look was confirmed for A/W 16/17 as the New York runways looked back in time.

Tommy Hilfiger A/W 16/17
Prabal Gurung A/W 16/17
Giulietta A/W 16/17

In times of uncertainty, as we are currently experiencing both politically and within the fashion industry itself, there is some solace to be found in the safety net of the past.

Maybe that is why several A/W 16/17 influencer shows looked back in time and drew on the vintage catalogue for archive-friendly silhouettes from the 30s and 40s.

We see this trend as a great update for transitional or season-neutral dress shapes with flirty bias cutting evolving the ubiquitous slip dress into something more demure and commercial. Think pretty puffed sleeves, fluted below-knee hemlines and Peter Pan collars for Sunday best skater dress updates.

This is a great look to develop alongside emerging fabric trends like slinky satin charmeuse and plush velvets or devoré, or as a blank canvas for quirky conversational prints and tea dress florals.

Team with ankle strap sandals and ankle socks for an authentic take on the trend and watch for items like the pretty cardigan as part of the look.

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