To celebrate a productive year in the industry both locally and internationally, here’s a compilation of the top fashion trends that defined 2017.

Just like that, we’re at the last month of the year. Much has happened in the global fashion scene since January, from collabs such as Supreme X Louis Vuitton, Erdem X H&M and Victoria’s Secret X Balmain to the ‘90s throwback moment at Versace’s SS18 show; as well as Christopher Bailey’s departure from Burberry and Gucci’s resolve to go fur-free.

Closer to home, we have celebrated the #IAMHOMEGROWN movement and Farah Khan’s 10th Anniversary at KL Fashion Week, and even boast our first ever store-exclusive Fendi Peekaboo bag.

To celebrate a productive year in the industry both locally and internationally, here’s a compilation of the top fashion trends that defined 2017.

(Click on the respective trend headers to see more looks).


Elie Saab SS17, Giuseppe Zanotti

Remember when things suddenly got a lot clearer on the runways and in stores? We’re talking about the see-through trend, also known as the plexiglass trend, seen on clothes, accessories and our favourite – heels.

Wrap tops

Monse, Victoria Beckham

Then there’s the time when we got all wrapped up for spring, highlighting cinched waists with large bows and knots.


Photo: @aimeesong / Alexandre Birman

This is one trend that remains on the shelves until today, and for that we’re grateful. Whether its mule flats, sandals or pumps, we can’t deny the appeal of elongated legs and effortless style in one.

Straw bags

Photo: @dreachong / Balenciaga

Another SS17 favourite that stayed on long after fall arrived is the straw bag in round, squared, tote, and any other shape/design straw can be woven into.

Ruffle details

Burberry SS17, MSGM

Who can forget that ruffle element? Fall/Winter 2017 collections continue to emphasise the trend in asymmetrical proportions all over tops, dresses, skirts, and pants. We daresay this is one trend that will live on to 2018.


Gucci, Oscar de la Renta

Wait, you thought the choker trend was dead? On the contrary, the costume jewellery department saw another wave of chokers this year – chunkier, edgier and more elaborate than 2016 when it regained popularity after its ‘90s reign.

Kitten heels

Christian Dior, Jimmy Choo

Gone are the days when ladies have sore feet from walking in 5-inch stilettos (unless you have no problem with the fact), thank kitten heels for that! The short heel (2.5 inches or less) is back in trend and will probably stay for at least a while longer, much to our feet’s delight.

Millennial pink

Maybe it started with the rose gold iPhone craze or maybe it’s because the shade made it to Pantone’s annual list of trending colours, but the millennial pink – a disputed, but generally agreeable neutral light pink tone – is the most talked about colour of this year.

Embellished bags

Burberry, Gucci

Bare totes, satchels and clutches have been dressed up with embellishments this year. It’s not just Anya Hindmarch, Fendi and Gucci that are introducing adorned bags either; brands like Burberry, Coach, Dior and Saint Laurent also seem to be for studs, beadwork, patches and embroidery details on their latest bag collections.


Images: Courtesy of respective brands and Net-a-porter