Top 10 beauty and fashion trends of 2017

What Beltway News thought were the hottest beauty and fashion trends of the past year.

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2018 is on the horizon and it’s the perfect time to look back at beauty and fashion trends that shook up 2017. The comeback of Vans, the introduction to Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line and long braids gave people a new style that set the year of 2017.

From the sidewalk to the red carpet, these were some of the hottest trends that rocked this year.

1. Lemonade Braids

The term “Lemonade Braids” was coined after Beyonce’s multi-million dollar visual album, Lemonade that released in 2016. Throughout much of this album, Beyonce rocked long cornrows with various designs and even the traditional straight backs braids, causing these hairstyles to take over salons worldwide. Beyonce’s sister Solange also added to the trend by including several beads to her cornrows. Although this trend picked up this year, cornrows date back to before 3,000 B.C.

2. “Cher” Hair

"Cher Hair" had celebs rocking beautiful tresses at every turn this year. #beltwaynews #cherhair #trends #2017

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Celebrities, as well as style influencers, took it back to the 70’s and 80’s when iconic singer Cher wore long tresses of hair as she performed. Stars like Nicki Minaj and Demi Lovato wore the long hairstyle on several occasions. Kim Kardashian-West, also wore long hair this year and dressed up as the singer for Halloween. Maryland hairstylist, Stephanie Baker says, “long hair took over this year because it makes you look younger. It also gives you a glamour look.”

My fave Halloween costume this year was Sonny & Cher

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3. Different Brows <— Brow Art?

Eyebrows definitely raised at the new trend of different eyebrows in #2017. #beltwaynews #brows

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Beauty Influencers and makeup artists gave eyebrows a brand new look this year. Attempting to be fun and creative, eyebrow trends this year included: braided, feathered and squiggly brows. The squiggly originated from beauty blogger Promise Tamang. She said this is a new brow trend you can use when you’re tired of being basic.

New Brow trend??? When you're tired of being basic. Somebody dare me to go out like this 🌊 @melovemealot vibezz

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4. Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty grossed over $70 million in one month. Selling 40 shades for foundation for women of every color.

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Rihanna fans went crazy in September as the world famous performer released her cosmetic line. Several of the products sold out quickly leaving the cosmetics in high demand. By October, the cosmetics line brought in a whopping $72 million, according to Newsweek. Time Magazine also called the beauty line one of the best inventions of 2017. The line offers 40 shades for women of all colors. Unlike other makeup lines, Fenty Beauty provides a foundation for people with albinism as well. The lines foundation won the best foundation of the year at the Beauty Innovator Awards 2017.

5. KKW Beauty

Kim Kardashian-West launched a beauty line in mid-June that sold out in three hours. This initial release included a contour kit that racked in $14.4 million the first day. Since the release, KKW has also released lipstick, powder and cream contour kits. The reality star, however, came under fire when the line released an advertisement photo. In the photo, she appeared darker than normal, resulting in some people accusing her of cultural appropriation.

Kardashian said her intent was never to offend anyone.”I used an amazing photographer and a team of people. I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off,” Kardashian said. The reality star also released her own KKW fragrance line in November that grossed about $14 million in sales within the first week of its release.

6. Sparkly Boots

Sparkly slouch boots lit up the runway and the sidewalk this year. Giving women an extra glow. #beltwaynews #ysl #womensfashion

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Yves Saint Laurent Fall 2017 fashion show featured a sparkling bedazzled slouch boot that cost $10,000. The high price tag didn’t stop people from wanting them. The boots have accumulated much buzz resulting in a wait-list for the boots. Celebs like Nene Leakes, Rihanna and Kim Zolciak have all been seen wearing the 80s inspired boots. Saks’ Senior Vice President and Fashion Director Roopal Patel told WWD, “at Saint Laurent, the crystal diamanté slouchy boot had such an emotional response to it. There’s something to be said about glitz and glamour — it’s the boot of the season.” But if $10,000 is too much to pay, Steve Madden also offers a pair of bedazzled boots that are $299.95.

phresh out da runway I ❤ @ysl

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7. Vans

Vans also made a comeback #beltwaynews #fashion #2017 #vans

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The Southern California skater brand made a comeback this year. The shoe originally released in the 1960s as a cheaper skate shoe. They still hold the same purpose today with shoes ranging from $40-100. Celebs such as Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa and Kehlani have all been seen wearing the affordable skater shoe.

8. Colored Shades

Throwback colored shades gave the 90s some shine this past summer. #beltwaynews #sunglasses #90s #fashion

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Celebs from the 90s and early 2000s were known for wearing colored sunglasses. This past summer the colored sunglass took over sunny beaches. People — celebs included — took the 90s inspired theme and matched a pair of colored shades to complete their outfits. Shops such as esty and sunglass spot provided people with a cheap fix into getting these sunglasses.

9. Princetown Leather Slippers

The Gucci Princetown fur-lined leather slippers took the summer by storm as celebrities were pictured wearing these slippers with their outfits. Atlanta-based fashion influencers Lauren Cook said the slipper is a statement piece. “I love the Princetown Leather’s because you can dress them up or down to make your outfit pop.”

Even the Humane Society is feeling the slippers. They are in support of Gucci deciding to go fur-free with these slippers. A similar Gucci slipper was released in 2015, with kangaroo fur but they have gone animal free, according to Vogue Magazine. The shoes retail for about $995. If this price tag is too high for you the following places sell them:

10. Romphim

The term “RompHim” comes from the words “romper” and “him.” RompHim was designed to give men a onesie option. Four friends created the RompHim to make statement pieces for men. A RompHim is retailed at $90, which is not stopping people like Carolina Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton from trying them. Fashion designer, Ashli James, says that RompHim’s are the wave of the future. “These men that have enough balls to rock a short pant jumpsuit are trendsetters. This kind of movement is what fashion is about. Stepping outside of the box, confidently,” James says. But not everyone felt the same. Many took to Twitter to express their confusion about the new trend.

The year of 2017 brought many trends we adopted and some we may never see again. Some other popular trends this year included: balayage hair, Yeezy boosts, jogger suits and Adidas running shoes.

About Amanda Washington 5 Articles
Hey I’m Amanda. I am a self-driven journalism graduate student at American University, new to the journalism profession. In the past, I was a kindergarten teacher in Atlanta, GA. I am an aspiring broadcast journalist. I graduated from Spelman College in 2014

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