Trend Alert: Sleeve Focus

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Highlighting sleeves is one of the latest runway and off-the-rack trends for the Fall and Winter 2017 shows, WWD reports, naming Chloe and 3.1 Phillip Lim among the designers who have helped popularize the trend.

Throughout fashion shows over the last seasons, sleeve styling has appeared on the runway. For example, U.K. label Burberry showed pieces with oversize sleeves extending past the hands. The label’s collection also featured sleeves with lacy white chevrons, shoulders with capelet coverings, and a ruffle running asymmetrically from one shoulder to the other arm, as StyleFT reported Wednesday.

With the focus on sleeves, a bohemian flair has taken fashion by the arm—quite literally.  The aesthetic of relaxed clothing has extended from bodice to sleeve.

On the retail rack, drawstrings, ties, ruffles, bell-sleeves, and gathering all appear. At the MAGIC trade show by UBM, labels showed off sleeves that differentiated from the mere arm covering.

WWD showed pieces that ranged from the relative simplicity of a blue sweatshirt featuring contrasting white sleeves with ruffs and a brown sweater with contrasting ribbing sizes, both from J.O.A.; to EVIDNT’s tailored denim jacket with Renaissance-recalling seamed slashes at the elbows, and its boho crepe blouse with ruffled sleeves dangling double ties; to a striped button blouse with billowing puffs from the elbows to the cuffs from Current Air.

Other pieces include a loose-fitting, collarless pale pink blouse from the reliably bohemian Free People, which has flowing bell sleeves that tie at the elbows. ARK features a more business-like, but still attention-getting shirt with ruffles just below the shoulders, and MLM has frayed denim ruffles. Rails has a shirt with drop shoulders (another fad that’s part of the trend for more relaxed fits) and drawstrings at the wrists; and an empire-waist, boat-necked blouse from NBD features flared cuffs ending above the elbows.

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