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Five of the Latest Trends and Innovations in Fashion Design

If your dream is to break into the glitzy, glamorous industry that is fashion design then you will need to remain up to date with the latest in fashion vogue! Here’s what you need to know about the most notable trends and innovations that 2017 has brought with it thus far.


Most will argue that stripes never actually went out of style. Having said that, all we really know for sure is that they are super-hot right now! Diagonal striped designs on pants are particularly popular at the moment, as is mixing them with bold, striking colours.

Updated Athleisure 

Athleisure has been around for a couple of seasons already, but has undergone a bit of a revolution throughout the year. The focus is now on sporty separates, colour-block body suits and skin-skimming knits that hug one's figure in all the right places. The best news? All athleisure essentials can now be worn with pride as casual wear, at the gym or even when out on the town!


Mules, shoes that are backless and usually with a closed toe, are back in a big way. After having made a few appearances on the runway in 2016, they have sky-rocketed in popularity when it comes to designers and celebrities alike. While mules with heels are sitting at the top of the pack, flat mules and sneaker mules are also all the rage. 

Retro 80s 

Believe it or not, retro 80s are indeed back and here to stay – from poofy sleeves to eye-catching ruffles, there’s plenty with which to experiment. 

Massive Handbags 

No, we’re not referring to oversized handbags that took over the 00s. We’re referring to HUGE handbags that most of us would never dare to carry. Sonia Rykiel, Balenciaga and Celine all featured these statement pieces in their most recent runway shows. The jury’s still out on whether or not this trend is really going to catch on though! 

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