Trend: White, All-White
Judging by the runways of Prabal Gurung, Stella McCartney and more, there’s no better time to whip out your whites than in the summer! Revive your old summer pieces — and some fall ones, too — with fresh whites that are sure to brighten up any dated outfit. Better yet, opt for an all-white ensemble like Diana did in 1996, for the chicest take on the trend.
Trend: Whimsical Florals
As a perennial summer trend, florals have graced the runways of Altuzarra and Delpozo this season, but have taken on more of a whimsical nature than seasons past. Today, this graphic floral print dress , sported by Diana in 1992, wouldn’t be out of place on the catwalk.
Trend: One-Shoulder Neckline
Taking its cues from the iconic film “Flashdance”, the one-shoulder neckline returned to the runways with a vengeance this season. Princess Diana wore the trend effortlessly back in 1983 when she wowed in this elegant, shimmering gown at the London premiere of the new James Bond film, “Octopussy”.
After making appearances at Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten and Rochas, it’s safe to say that tulle has officially grown. Here, Diana donned the trend back in 1981 when she graced the red carpet premiere of “For Your Eyes Only”.
This summer, ruffles make a major comeback, with Alexander McQueen, Erdem and Preen, among many others, reviving the whimsical detail in fresh and lively ways. Here, the Princess of Wales impressed in a one-shoulder, ruffled gown that framed her delicate features beautifully.
'80s-inspired lamé made waves on the runways of Balenciaga and Saint Laurent this season. The flashy trend that Princess Diana — a daring style star with an excellent eye for enduring trends — wasn’t afraid to take on. Here, at the premiere of 1985’s “A View To Kill”, the Princess looked elegant and glamorous in this Bruce Oldfield gold lamé gown.
Trend: Banker Stripes
Nothing demands more attention in the boardroom than bold banker stripes! Spotted on the catwalks of Tanya Taylor, DKNY, Self-Portrait and Rag & Bone, the '80s favourite is back definitely here to stay.
Trend: Bold Stripes
If a banker-inspired look is out of your comfort zone, feel free to give wider stripes a try. When combined with silky fabrics and feminine silhouettes, this trend is the perfect combination of grace and masculinity. In 1986, Diana pulled off this look to perfection when she donned a flowing, statement-striped blouse while visiting Bahrain.
This eye-catching pink made its way down the SS/17 runways of Topshop, Bottega Veneta, Hermes, and even Balenciaga, but Princess Diana cornered the trend back in the '80s when she slipped into the bold colour on several occasions, including this visit to Sydney, Australia.
Trend: A Strong Shoulder
The '80s shoulder pad is back with a vengeance this Spring/Summer, and back in its heyday, it was pulled off masterfully by Diana herself. Here, she looks chic and sophisticated in a silhouette that resembles current looks from Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors.