9 Things in Fashion We're Looking Forward to in 2017

From designer debuts to the return of Harry Styles.
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Monse and Oscar de la Renta designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim. Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Monse and Oscar de la Renta designers Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim. Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

As has been joked many, many times on the internet, 2016 was something of a trash fire as far as years go. Frankly, we're not sure 2017 is going to be much better — but we're choosing to remain positive. Besides, there are plenty of fashion-centric things to look forward to in the new year, from new design teams making their official debuts to buzzy film projects. 

And really, how bad can anything be with the promise of Harry Styles returning to red carpets?

Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim's Debut at Oscar de la Renta

When Peter Copping stepped down from Oscar de la Renta in July — just under two years after he became creative director — the fashion industry wondered who could take the reins at the legendary American fashion house. The answer: Buzzy Monse designers (and former de la Renta employees) Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim. After being passed over for the role just before Mr. de la Renta's passing in 2014, Garcia and Kim struck out on their own to start Monse, quietly consulting for Carolina Herrera on the way. The duo sat front row at the brand's Spring 2017 show, and their warm reception and evident enthusiasm for the design team gives us very high hopes for their vision for Oscar de la Renta, which will debut with the fall collection in February 2017 — provided, of course, Kim isn't prevented from doing so because of an on-going lawsuit with Herrera.

Raf Simons's Official Debut at Calvin Klein

It may have been the worst-kept secret in fashion, but when the news is this good, who cares: Raf Simons was officially announced as the new Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein in August. He will make his debut with a combined menswear and womenswear runway show in February, bringing just the excitement that New York Fashion Week has needed for a few seasons. Bonus: He'll be showing his eponymous menswear line at New York Fashion Week: Men's that same month. Raf stans, rejoice!

The Alexander McQueen Biopic

It's an undeniable fact that Alexander McQueen was one of the most talented designers of our time — or any other, really — but he was also one of the most troubled. A biopic of the British designer is slated for release at the end of 2017; actor Jack O'Connell, a dead ringer for the late Lee McQueen, has been tapped to star. With a script based on Andrew Wilson's biography, "Blood Beneath the Skin," this is easily one of our most anticipated films of the coming year.

The Return of Harry Styles (!)

Since One Direction went on hiatus, there's been one big hole in our lives: Harry Styles. More specifically, Harry Styles on the red carpet. Thankfully, his first movie — Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" — is slated for a summer release, meaning we're guaranteed for more Gucci suits and Saint Laurent booties very soon. We fully believe 2017 belongs to Harry Styles — new music would just be icing on the cake. 

Rei Kawakubo's Met Exhibition

The Met Gala has easily become one of the biggest events of the year across the fashion and entertainment industries, but it wouldn't be possible without an equally inspiring Costume Institute exhibition. This year's subject is the elusive Rei Kawakubo, who has never so much as attended a Met Gala before. Kawakubo will become just the second living designer to get a solo exhibition. The expectations are already running high; we can't wait to see if the Met Costume Institute can do Comme des Garçons proper justice.

The Debut of Alexa Chung's Line

Alexa Chung, multi-hyphenate "It" girl, has had a number of wildly successful collaborations, from her Madewell capsule and her Eyeko makeup to her ongoing collections for Marks and Spencer and AG. It was sort of unbelievable that she didn't already have a brand of her own, but in 2017 that all changes. Dubbed — wait for it — Alexachung, we'll get our first chance to wear Chung-designed goods in May of next year. It's about damn time.

Victoria Beckham for Target

It's been a long while since we've been this excited for a high street collaboration. We're huge fans of Victoria Beckham's designs, and her Target partnership will offer looks inspired by her Victoria, Victoria Beckham line. Prices will range from $6 to $70, and sizes will run from XS to 3X, making this the most accessible Beckham collection ever. Those with children should be extra pumped: The collection marks her first foray into childrenswear. We can't think of a cuter muse than the designer's five-year-old daughter Harper.

Lady Gaga as Donatella Versace

Has there ever been a more perfect casting? We don't think so. Ryan Murphy is working on a season of "American Crime Story" about the tragic murder of Gianni Versace, and he's tapped Lady Gaga to play Donatella Versace. Not only is Gaga pretty much a dead ringer for the iconic Italian designer, but she's also a friend of the brand, having appeared in the Spring 2014 ads. Oh, and who could forget her song, "Donatella"? There's no set date for the series premiere, but filming starts in 2017, so we're sure to see photos of Gaga in full Donatella mode before long.

Zayn's Versus Versace Collection

Zayn's been steadily upping his fashion cred since going solo, and there's no truer sign that you've "made it" in the industry than scoring a collaboration with a fashion house. Following his one-off shoe design for Giuseppe Zanotti, Zayn will flex his fashion skills for Donatella Versace's offshoot brand. It only makes sense that Versus Versace would tap the one-time One Direction member, considering he's dating current house-favorite Gigi Hadid. No matter what he cooks up, we're sure Gigi and her sister Bella will make everything look even more covetable.

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