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  • 30 June 2016

Spring-Summer ’17 is the season to patch up the distressed and the ripped. The two trends that have ruled denim collections are giving way to patchwork and panelled pieces. Contrasting shades and washes create a mismatched effect. Take a cue from Andrea Crews, Dries Van Noten, Facetasm and Valentino, who have applied the detail on everything from cropped and longer-length jackets to jeans and overalls.

Subversive details, boxy shapes, bondage straps and distressed touches come together to create looks that have a rebellious attitude. Take a bold step with Haider Ackermann’s frayed shirt, or Maison Margiela’s part shirt, part bomber, part tee piece. For a less dishevelled approach to the subculture go for a Junya Watanabe-style grunge-print tee or a strap-detail co-ord set like Louis Vuitton.

Let the snakes enter your wardrobe. Snakeskin surfaces onto footwear in the form of boots, derbies and loafers, giving you pieces that will be the highlight of any look. While Balenciaga and OAMC went for an all-over application, Kenzo modernised the look by adding colour, and Haider Ackermann preferred to contrast it with a solid hue.

Give your summer looks a hint of Eastern influence with this trend. Designers like Balmain Homme, Boris Bidjan Saberi, Henrik Vibskov, and Kolor sent out models wearing jackets that were fastened together with belts around the waist. Allow the wrap effect to stand out with muted tones and minimal or no prints.


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