Brands showing at Coterie were all about the borrowed-from-the-boys look as one of the top Spring 2017 fashion trends. The trade show was brimming with oversize men’s shirts, reworked button-downs, and dresses updated with shirting details.
The strongest versions featured classic shirting in oversize, nightshirt-length styles with unexpected sleeve shapes. Favorite silhouettes frequenting a multitude of collections included exaggerated, enlarged shapes with mandarin collars for a breezy, effortless appeal. Cheesecloth fabrications were a popular material choice that evoked California-easy vibes. Simple pieces like sheath dresses were revised in denim with shirting used as piping and sashes to exude a lighthearted appeal.
Drew Clothing, a New York City-manufactured brand, displayed an off-the-shoulder style in traditional men’s wear shirting completed with lace sleeves that played with the marriage of masculine and feminine aesthetics. “Mixing fabrics has always been in Drew’s DNA. For spring our design team has utilized men’s wear-inspired fabrics, incorporating pinstripe shirting and chambray fabrics and adding feminine touches. Details include lace sleeves on the pinstripe fabric, belts and bows that bring a touch of femininity to the mix,” said Drew Philips, head of design and merchandising of the brand.
Seen the runway at Demna Gvasalia’s Fall 2016 Vetements collection, editors and celebrities have more than embraced the trend. Street-style photographers have captured a smattering of influencers like Instagram’s head of fashion partnerships, Eva Chen, sporting a reworked shirt in recent days outside of New York Fashion Week. Celebrities have quickly picked up the look as well: Rihanna and Gigi Hadid have both been snapped wearing oversize, men’s wear-inspired shirts.
Fast-fashion retailer Zara also has been quick on the uptake – the chain is offering a host of interpretations from collegiate classics to embroidered shirtdresses for its Fall 2016 collection. Though certainly not a new concept, the trend feeds directly into the widely popular Nineties gender-blurred style that features languid silhouettes, which is a favorite among Millennial shoppers. Evocative of the booming trend, brands showing at Coterie clearly made note of key items belonging to the look to resonate with the influential demographic.