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Trend Alert: If You Like It Then You Shoulda’ Put A String On It

From Marni to Versace, the drawstring is the shoo-in trend that you need to get behind before the new season hits.
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How many ways can you incorporate a drawstring into a piece of clothing? A lot, apparently. If three makes a trend, then drawstrings – and, by extension, ruching – is a shoo-in for Spring/Summer 2017. We spotted it so many times in Milan and Paris that it got a little amusing after the third sighting. Okay, okay! We get it! Drawstrings it is! It really makes you wonder if designers do indeed hold secret meetings just before they start working on their collections.

Considering the season, drawstrings by way of sportswear-inspired looks are expected. MSGM decorated parka dresses with numerous drawstring loopies, though pairing it with fishnets amped up the streetwear edge. Versace worked drawstrings into shirts, leather jackets, floor-grazing coats and rather sexy cut-out dresses. Drawstrings and sexy? Who woulda’ thunk! Drawstrings were the key at Sportmax, appearing on slinky dresses, bubble midis and very chic boatneck blouses.

Designers also sought to put a dressier spin to the trend. Kym Ellery allowed the ends of her drawstring to swing freely in the wind – an Ellery signature – while Chitose Abe at Sacai used it to add a cinch to her trademark hybrid clothing. If you need anymore convincing, just look at Loewe and Marni. Jonathan Anderson wove the drawstring into voluminous “beachwear” dresses and shirts for Loewe and Consuelo Castiglioni – in her last hurrah at Marni – used it in a way that looked so sensual, girly yet androgynous all at once. Again – drawstrings and sexy? Why, yes, very much indeed.

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