Now that the Fashion Week tour has come to a close, we are free to look back at noteworthy catwalk collections and forecast some upcoming trends. Very exciting, indeed! New York, London, Milan, and Paris consistently shared similar themes, with subtle nuances to distinguish themselves. We’ve put together a style guide, taking into account each respective fashion week, to help you stay ahead of the season’s upcoming trends (and save you a lot of time!).
Sporty Street-Style: A futuristic, sporty edge was dawned on catwalks in New York, London, Paris, and Milan. Mesh looks were paired with more delicate fabrics to offer a softer sporty trend that was both active and wearable. New York set the trend with structured looks, utilizing bold colors and patterns. In London, we noticed softer sporty collections, embracing fluidity and sophistication. Milan catwalks showcased more traditional sportswear with upgraded staple pieces such as basketball shorts, crop tops, and decorated sweatshirts. Paris adopted a minimalistic sporty feel with futuristic elements, making use of mesh dresses and cyclist-style tops. The sporty street-style theme remained constant in all cities, yet differed in vibes they projected, ranging from sophistication to youthful.
1970s-Bohemian: The Fashion Week runways were saturated with floral patterns, fringed details and lace; a clear nod to a bohemian, 1970s revival. New York re-introduced 70s fashion with pastel palettes, showcasing the notorious bell-bottom in dreamy tones. Fringed and ruffled looks were prominent as well. London adopted a romantic appeal, with large scale 1970s floral prints, and faded decorated denim which flattered 1970s silhouettes. In Milan, the 70s were given a contemporary spin with psychedelic prints and floral embroidery, evoking a carefree, bohemian festival mood. Paris continued to embrace this vibe, introducing gypsy-inspired looks, mixed with 1970s retro palettes and bold patterns.
Simply fresh: Designers embraced pure silhouettes, muted tones, and lightweight materials to offer simplicity and refinement. Toned-down and minimalistic styles were present from wide-legged trousers, oversized blazers, and fluid knitwear, celebrating masculine wear. Notable in New York were layered looks, with wide tunics, A-line skirts and billowy dresses, often times belted to emphasize the waist. Relaxed tailoring and boxy silhouettes were very present on the London runways, with a clear borrowed from the boys aesthetic, incorporating refined detailing to cast a feminine touch. Milan’s runways showcased deconstructed silhouettes with judo belt waist cinching, adding natural volume. White color palettes with soft blue undertones evoked a Zen mood in several collections. Colors and textures were juxtaposed and layered in Paris and included sharp designs with minimal detailing.
Stand-out colour schemes:
Pastels: Soft, milky tones added an element of delicacy to any style. Keep an eye out for richer pastel hues such as dusty blues and rosy pinks.
Earthy Tones: Whiskey browns, military greens, and warm siennas were most notable in 70s revival and bohemian trends.
Pure Whites: Pure white hues, ideal for summer wear, continue to reign, adding a modern feel and understated luxury to lightweight garments.
Flounce Skirt: These skirts are sexy and sweet. A step-up on the classic pencil skirt, flounce skirts introduce a gathered ruffle at the hem line. This simple modification ads much character and liveliness to a skirt. Simple, yet eye-catching.
Stylish Aronack: An anorak, also referred to as a parka, is the hottest must-have for rainy, unpredictable spring weather. These stylish outwear staples were all over the runways in London. Made with lightweight techno materials, we love these for easy S/S layering in pastel and metallic colour palettes.
Suede Gilet: These long, sleeveless vests look perfectly bohemian in a tan suede with fringed details, and are the ideal companion to a breezy, lightweight summer dress.
Cropped, Wide-Leg Trouser: While tight pants and cute skirts are flattering, we have to admit that they aren’t always the comfiest. Relaxed, wide-legged lounge trousers, cropped above the ankle to produce an A-line silhouette were popular in Paris, and can be worn with a waist-tied jacket and ballet flats.
Which trends stood out most to you during Fashion Week? Which trends are you most looking forward to adopting for S/S 15?