The Emancipation of Everything–Spring Summer 2017 Forecast with Lidewij Edelkoort

Dear Shaded Viewers,

This Tuesday night, I attended Lidewij Edelkoort's presentation with Trend Union where she spoke her thoughts on spring summer 2017 trend forecast.

A follow up to her Anti-Fashion manifesto earlier this year, Edelkoort this time brought forth a proclamation of a second movement, one that she titled “The Emancipation of Everything”. Explaining that fashion will begin to move with the drastic changes happening within society, she gave particular attention to the developments influenced by the rise of a matriarchal society, the feminisation of men, and the inevitable decline of the boundaries between generations, thus creating a reversal of the dress codes.

A common thread throughout the presentation was simplicity. Hypothesizing that there will be an upswing of the basics and describing the way that simple clothes can reflect a stronger and more conceptual culture. There was also a firm emphasis on going back to the roots in the construction of garments, while playing with new approaches to humble fabrics like denim. 

Visit to see more forecasts and examples of this emancipation and other trends within art, fashion, and design in our foreseeable future.


'Radical change is needed to give shape to the 21st century, at last! A huge wave of innovation and rethinking needs to be set in motion, emancipating everything for everyone, every step of the way. We can review a colour, rethink a textile and rekindle a style as well as revolutionising the retail system of retail from within. With the parting of the old ways, the rupture with tradition and the detachment from generalised greed, we can envision a new departure with a disconnected and removed way of working, giving room to intuition and inspiration, free from self-imposed conventions and self-invented logic.'

Lidewij Edelkoort


photo: “Corpo” by Andrea Branzi – represented by Galleria Clio Calvi Rudy Volpi, Milan