NEWS PICK: 8 Fashion Business Trends For 2017

To complement the State of Fashion 2017, here is a quick article with the main trends to be expected in the Fashion business. What is in and what is out?
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TRENDS : 5 Reasons Why We Love Korean Fashion

Hi Guys,
We attended the last Who’s Next fashion trade show last September in Paris. It was really incredible how all the young fashion brands had incorporated the present Korean influence in their pieces. And those fashion brands were the ones that caught most buyers’ and press’s attention. And it’s a general trend that goes beyond fashion: it’s everywhere in the street of the fashion districts in Paris. Plus the art and movie industry also witnesses a similar growing interest for Korean trends. So yes: Korean style clothing IS  the big thing today.
And if you haven’t dived into the subject yet, now is the right time. We asked ourselves what makes Korean style so addictive and browsed a few popular Korean Instagramers’ accounts. And we made a list of all the things we loved about Korean Fashion.

It was a very enchanting exercise! We recommend you click on the Instagram accounts linked to the pictures we picked and maybe analyze how you can use these items as an inspiration to refresh an upcoming collection…
Don’t push it too far though, remember to stay true to your fashion business DNA.

1 – We love the way they make color pop

2 – We love how they play with contrasts (oversized vs skinny, short vs long…)

3 – We love the way they bring a modern touch to a classic garment

4 – We absolutely love how they use graphic shapes and prints

5 – And we adore their way of bringing cute and fun to fashion


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TRENDS: Our Favorite Cruise 2017 Looks (3)

Hi Guys,

The Cruise 2017 Collections have finally come to an end – sob – and we’ve gathered our favourite looks from the last set of designers to share with you.  There are some real stand-out pieces in this lot that have rivalled my preferred pieces from what we’ve seen so far – they just keep getting better and better!
With Versace going all galactic on us with the futuristic trend, Valentino transforming Bohemia into something significantly more glamorous, and Sonia Rykiel managing to bring Pirate & 60s influences together, you certainly won’t be short of ideas.  Go get inspired!
Marchesa’s flamboyant floral collection took us time travelling through the ages, with a particular lean towards the 20s.  An exciting mix of textures and techniques were used to give life to these pastel coloured ball-gown, embellishing them into true works of Art.  A few rockier pieces in black were thrown in for good measure, balancing out this stunning show with a rougher edge.

Marchesa – Cruise collection 2017

Michael Kors
A delightful nautical collection, bringing a fun, youthful fun edge to classic shapes and styles.

Michael Kors – Cruise collection 2017


Moschino brought us it’s usual carnival of colour.  Some incredibly creative pieces, with neons, crochet and an emphasis on the 70s and 80s eras.

Moschino – Cruise Collection 2017

Moschino – Cruise Collection 2017

Minimalist elegance with body hugging shapes and unsymmetrical cut-out elements made this a fluid and modern collection.


Mugler – Cruise collection 2017

No. 21
A coherent and well-balanced collection.  Two main themes of stripes and nudes ran throughout, with over-sized black pieces adding edge and attitude to this Summery show.

N°21 – Cruise collection 2017

Philosophy Di Lorenza Serafini
A unique, stand-out collection, adding masculine Pirate-Inspired pieces and a moody colour palette to transform the classic Bohemian Trend.

Philosophy Di Lorenza Serafini: – Cruise collection 2017

Philosophy Di Lorenza Serafini: – Cruise collection 2017

Prabal Gurung
Layered hems, a dark palette and soft silhouettes balanced with structure resulted in a sexy, masculine/feminine Collection.
Prabal Gurung – Cruise collection 2017

Prabal Gurung – Cruise collection 2017

Rosie Assoulin
Incredible, graceful silhouettes added elegance to this tribal, bohemian collection.  Relaxed tailoring, choppy shapes and unsymmetrical ruffling added an essence of minimalism to floor-length gowns and a dusty palette kept things subdued.
Rosie Assoulin – Cruise collection 2017

Rosie Assoulin – Cruise collection 2017

Sonia Rykiel
A smart Collection, with an eclectic mix of influences. Sharp feminine 60s tailoring was incorporated with masculine Pirate-bohemian detailing in the leather belts, jackets and headscarfs.
Sonia Rykiel – Cruise collection 2017

Sonia Rykiel – Cruise collection 2017

An ethical, minimalist collection of big, bold simple patterns and over-sized shapes.  Vintage, un-done.

Suno – Cruise collection 2017

Suno – Cruise collection 2017

Thom Browne
A punchy, Preppy collection created by colour blocking and simple, a-line shapes.  Asian-fashion inspired accessories, with quirky detailing and fun ‘puppy’ bags brought a playful side to this collegiate-cool collection.

Thom Browne – Cruise collection 2017

Tory Burch

Tory Burch presented a fun and flirty feminine collection full of floral patterns, frills and textures.  Minimal bohemian influences were incorporated and colours were joyful but muted, completing these sophisticated looks.

Tory Burch – Cruise collection 2017

Tory Burch – Cruise collection 2017

Valentino brought us an ethnic take on its classic romance.  A multitude of textures and fabrics were utilised, including fringing details, Hawaiian prints and fur.  Interesting combinations of influences from across the globe and ages came together harmoniously to make this a unique, stand-out Collection.

Valentino – Cruise collection 2017

Valentino – Cruise collection 2017


Versace’s sexy vibe took a trip to the future in this Cruise 2017 Collection.  Muted colours were brought to life with neon detailing, leather was skin-tight and silhouettes sharp.

Versace – Cruise collection 2017

Versace – Cruise collection 2017


Do you have some favourite looks from the Cruise 2017 Collections ?  Let us know in the comments below!
by Stephanie Cvetkovic for Fashion Cross Functional
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TRENDS: Our Favorite Cruise 2017 Looks (2)

Hi Guys,
The first lot of Designers’ Cruise 2017 Collections certainly set the standard high. Luckily for us, the second lot didn’t let them drop, presenting some breath-taking designs that have made a true impression on us at FXF – we’re so excited about 2017! We’re sharing some of our favourite looks from their shows and giving you the low down on their Collections so you can see what’s hot, and what’s not, in advance for next year.
Adam Lippes
Adam Lippes presented a pretty, boho take on 70s rock.  His took his elegant Oscar De La Renta influences and used bright neon and layering to make them his own.

Adam Lippes – Cruise Collection 2017

Adam Lippes – Cruise Collection 2017

Bringing playfulness to dull suits and dark, corporate colours, Akris’ collection of deep oranges, teals and Camel and unusual prints brought a distinctly Saharan vibe.
Akris – Cruise Collection 2017

Alberta Ferretti
Soft silk and lace detailing gave a sleepwear slant to this unique, nautical collection.  More obvious black and white pieces were mixed with subtler designs, where inventive use of texture, print and shape brought seaside influences in to play.

Alberta Ferreti – Cruise Collection 2017

Alberta Ferreti – Cruise Collection 2017


Lace pieces softened colour blocking whilst long pleated skirt gave elegance to chunky, geometric sweats, resulting in a well-balanced, retro, geek chic collection with added sex appeal.

Altuzarra – Cruise collection 2017

A classic Boss collection of sleek, minimalist and modern designs, a-line shapes, tailoring and elegant silhouettes.

Boss – Cruise collection 2017

Calvin Klein Collection
Calvin Klein designed a youthful collection of playful pieces in a more mature, neutral palette.  Geometric spot patterns and smock dresses met tailoring, hitting a quirky balance between childhood and sophistication.
Calvin Klein – Cruise collection 2017

Calvin Klein – Cruise collection 2017

Carven’s usual vintage vibe went even more experimentation that usual.  It’s signature A-line shapes were contrasted with more un-done, softened silhouettes and metallics and black were used to give feminine pieces a punk edge.

Carven – Cruise Collection 2017

Carven – Cruise Collection 2017


A statement collection from start to finish. Leather bikers, oversized bomber jackets and retro detailing made this a stand out, preppy, punk show with an authentic, 70s/80s vibe.

Coach – Cruise collection 2017

Coach – Cruise collection 2017

Cushnie et Ochs

Tailoring made elegant, with tastefully cut out elements and added feminine details through intricate top designs.

Cushnie et Ochs – Cruise collection 2017

Cédric Charlier
Charlier’s unsymmetrical collection played with ruffling in new and exciting ways, adding detailing to simple spaghetti strap dresses and providing the form in crop top elements.
Cédric Charlier – Cruise collection 2017

Diesel Black Gold
Diesel’s well-known Punk personality had a particular penchant for off-the shoulder designs in this 2017 Cruise Collection.

Diesel Black Gold – Cruise collection 2017

Diesel Black Gold – Cruise collection 2017


Dion Lee
A futuristic take on modern, minimalistic design.  Lee managed to make structured sexy through tight-fitted scuba and corset-like detailing.

Dion Lee – Cruise collection 2017

Elie Saab
Charming as ever, Elie Saab’s Cruise Collection was all about flowers, ruffles…and black leather detailing.  She too couldn’t resist jumping on board with the punk trend and it brought a new perspective to her delicately feminine pieces.

Elie Saab – Cruise collection 2017

An eclectic mix of vintage, futuristic and oriental influences.
Ellery – Cruise collection 2017


Emilio Pucci
Striking, African influences were used to create a hypnotic explosion of colour and pattern.  Statement ruffled skirts and tassel bags added even more impact to these unique, Summery looks.

Emilio Pucci – Cruise collection 2017

Emilio Pucci – Cruise collection 2017

Erika Cavallini

A vintage, laid-back pool-side vibe was made possible with slouchy fits, earthy, nautical colours  and creatively used geometric patterns.

Erika Cavallini – Cruise Collection 2017

Erika Cavallini – Cruise Collection 2017

Integration of dusky and vibrant colours and patterns to more modern designs resulted in a highly authentic, but wearable tribal-bohemian collection.

Etro – Cruise collection 2017

The Haute-Couture Fashion House brought us new and unseen concepts and designs, with structured elements resulting in a warrior like theme throughout.
Givenchy – Cruise collection 2017

Givenchy – Cruise collection 2017

Helmut Lang
A beautifully balanced collection, where understated, tailored pieces met sumptuous silks and furs, bringing glamour to more simplistic styles.

Helmut Lang – Cruise collection 2017

Helmut Lang – Cruise collection 2017

Jonathan Simkhai

A Powerful Cruise Collection of tumbling ruffles, colour blocking and intricate lace, bringing a sexy, commanding vibe to modern woman dressing.

Jonathan Simkhai – Cruise collection 2017

A highly playful, boisterous Collection, scattered with sequins, oversized fits and bold logos, bringing a fun, collegiate vibe.
MSGM – Cruise Collection 2017

MSGM – Cruise Collection 2017

Marc Jacobs
Geometric patterns, Camo, metallics, zebra print…Marc Jacobs Cruise designs broke all the boundaries.  An outrageous, neon punk Collection that you won’t be forgetting any time soon.
Marc Jacobs – Cruise collection 2017

Marc Jacobs – Cruise collection 2017

by Stephanie Cvetkovic for Fashion Cross Functional
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