What will spring bring?


SEASONAL WARMTH Max Mara’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection features blazing-hot orange.

Maggie Gibbons

Every winter, I look forward to the Pantone Colour forecast. It’s always a welcome prospect after a dreary winter of blacks and greys, and the palette for Spring/Summer 2017 certainly didn’t disappoint. The designers have gravitated between vivid brights and calming pastels. Warm colors abound.
Red/orange, a wonderful flame shade, was on all the catwalks bringing joy and drama to this season’s fashion.
Mustard yellow and marigold transports us to a brighter, sunnier place. Yellow shades vary from a creamy shade of buttermilk to the more vibrant daffodil hue.
Pink features largely in this season’s new pastel range, from muted pink to antique rose and fuchsia.
Pale blue, reminiscent of a glorious summer sky, provides a wonderful contrast to the deeper, more traditional denim and aqua hues, as well as light blues and periwinkles. All shades of purple, from lilac and lavender to deepest purple are there too.
Hazelnut and dove grey will charm the neutral-shade lovers, as well as tawny and taupe. Olive and khaki remain key players and will prove popular with lovers of green.

Style trends
Spring/Summer 2017’s fashion is mostly practical and wearable. The catwalks were awash with stripes, sailor stripes, pinstripes and all manner of vertical appeared. Downward stripes are both flattering and slimming, so worth having something stripey in your wardrobe. Oversized shirts will be all the rage.
Florals are big, from the ever present Dolce and Gabbana inspired to the more muted designs. And this trend isn’t just about clothing; you will see boots and shoes covered in flowers too.
The ’80s influence will appear by way of massive shoulders and lots of bling, and an emphasised waist. If you’re not graced with a little waist, then it’s best to just emphasise the shoulders – this is where ’80s trends plays a blinder!
Tulle skirts (in all colours) are going nowhere. Add some lace and you’re totally on trend. Don a pair of oversized decadent earrings and a long pendant for an up-to-date vibe.
One shoe trend that seems to be taking over is the mule; flat or kitten heeled, expect them everywhere. Low blocky heels appear to be replacing the stiletto.
Staying ahead of the fashion stakes isn’t easy; we wear diluted versions of catwalk fashion and probably buy just a few pieces. Knowing what trends suit both you and your budget is a good starting place. If you decide to stick with the wardrobe you have that’s fine. You could update it with a few simple, cost effective adjustments. I look at the accessories for the season and update this way. So grab yourself a floral bag, kitten heels, big earrings and a long pendant and you’re good to go!

> Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at