2017 STYLE PREDICTIONS
By Style Feed Staff, 1 January 2017
Merch madness, extra-long sleeved tops and Jaden Smith serving up ‘fit inspiration in mismatched creps – who could’ve predicted stranger things for 2K16, eh? Well, 2017 is finally here and we’ve put our prophetic heads together in order to let you know what to look out for style-wise, for the coming year…
Style icon – Skepta
If anyone shut down 2K16, it was Skepta. The aptly dubbed king of grime helped to propel the genre into the limelight this year: he took the coveted Mercury Prize for best album (beating the likes of David Bowie), and performed his biggest show to date at London’s Alexandra Palace. But the MC’s not just making waves within the music scene – when it comes to fashion, he’s been setting the bar high with his expert blend of fresh creps, monochrome tracksuits and luxe tees. This year, watch this sartorial space.
Stylish actor to watch – Keith Stanfield
New kid on the block Keith Stanfield, made quite the impact as Darius in one of last year’s biggest TV shows, Atlanta. Described as ‘Twin Peaks with rappers’ by Donald Glover, who created the series and also stars in it – Stanfield’s character can be seen in some fire outfits. The rising actor has some top-notch talent when it comes to picking his own garms, too: with his unique, eccentric style he regularly proves he’s got threads to covet both on and off the screen.
Stylish sportsperson to watch – Tahith Chong
Let’s face it, despite having all the money in the world, footballers aren’t the most stylish bunch. But, there is hope it seems, in the next generation of leather kickers. Take Dutch youngster Tahith Chong for example, who seems to have everything locked down right now. A place on Man Utd’s books, a signature, statement hairstyle and evidence of serious sartorial skill when not in full kit or the club tracksuit.
Stylish film: Blade Runner 2049
Ultra-stylish sci-fi landmark Blade Runner was released in 1982 and reimagined 1950s film noir style (trench coats, skinny ties) for a dystopian 2019. It's belated 2017 sequel envisages 2049 as – from what we can tell from Ryan Gosling's shearling coat in the actual-quite-exciting teaser trailer – a sort of messed up 1976.
Stylish TV show – Twin Peaks
It’s been a quarter of a century since the last season of Twin Peaks, and yet David Lynch has managed to pull together a large chunk of the original cast – along with some new faces – for its 2017 reboot. Continuing where it left off in the early 90s, expect its usual melodramatic themes intertwined with trademark, obscure Lynchian style. Await some sharp suiting and strong outerwear game (especially from Special Agent Dale Cooper), and of course, some damn fine cups of coffee.
Comeback brand – Kappa
2016 saw retro brands return in abundance. Champion sweats, suede Kickers, FILA track jackets – basically, it’s your wardrobe in the 90s with a contemporary facelift. And this isn’t just a passing craze either, as Gosha Rubchinskiy's SS17 collaboration with Kappa confirmed. The stage is still set for more sportswear revivals and there’s never been a better time for the Italian brand to return and purvey its mastery of the tracksuit.
Trends for 2017 – punk, 70s loungewear, northern soul trews
Another month of menswear shows may be just around the corner, but for now we’re turning our attention to three of the strongest SS17 trends served up by fashion’s finest players. 2016 marked 40 years since the most stylish of subcultures, punk, incited anarchy across the globe and this year its legacy lives on in Christopher Shannon's, Dior Homme's and Louis Vuitton’s visions for 2017. Think threadbare jumpers, all-black and patches a-plenty.
Or for a something a little more low-key, try the 70s loungewear trend seen at Cottweiler and Christopher Shannon. Fashion’s latest foray into tracksuit territory has a softer, retro feel that's all about strong graphic shapes and a more muted palette.
Finally, we’ll never give up on trying to get you to trade in your skinnies for a pair of wide-leg trousers, and neither will fashion bigwigs like Givenchy and Dries Van Noten. This time around, their big bellowing bottoms came with an injection of northern soul. Venture into vest territory if you’re brave enough, or update the look with a bomber and shirt à la A$AP Rocky.