Thanks to digital media and many designers who have embraced the ‘buy now from the runway’ approach to fashion week, it almost silly to pretend that we must wait until spring to embrace these trends. Obviously, we still must deal with weather and some pieces not being put out yet, but where there’s a will there’s a way. High street stores will have ‘inspired’ pieces in before Halloween, and we can always layer spring pieces now.
I think this has lead to a lot more fluidity with trends and the offerings at Fashion Week (New York, Paris, London and Milan, particularly), and it’s been interesting to see which designers are flourishing in this new atmosphere. However, we are here to discuss some trends and if they are worth investing in!
First of all, I am so glad that big, furry (faux, obviously) coats are still popular. I love this look and glad to see it going strong. The other return is the bomber and athleisure look, but in unique materials such as silk, sequins or metallic-looks. There was also a lot of shearling jackets, in various hues and material types. Dusters and military coats are also popular, especially in neutral tones with intricate detailing or in velvet.
Those neutral tones are not just for coats, with an overwhelmingly earthy feel to many collections’ colors. Tan, brown, navy and olive were popular, and other colors to mention would be pink (dusty, ‘Tumblr’, rose shades), and yellow (deep, rich shades). Notable patterns include ‘dark florals‘, plaid and brocade.
Clothing trends worth noting are ruffles (on pants, skirts, tops, anything!), mock turtle necks (I will probably abstain from this one), off-the-shoulder tops (going on strong since spring, they still look impractical) and cut-outs (to achieve the same skin look as off-the-shoulder tops, but presumably more wearable). Main themes include: bohemian, romantic, victorian, goth and voluminous.
We also saw pantsuits (perhaps a cultural commentary on the American election), pajama suits (most often in silky materials), layered slip dresses, and jeans still deviating from skinny denim. For example, the odd cropped bootcut is still popular (although I am yet to see someone wearing them), and wide leg, embroidered materials, corduroy and velvet looks going strong.
There didn’t seem to be anything innovative for footwear, honestly. Sneakers are still popular, as are chunky combat boots, velvet, lower heels and thigh-high boots. We are seeing the embroidered and velvet trend expanding to footwear though, which is nice.
As the world of fashion and trends adapt to immediately available stock, copycats, Instagram-influenced fads and more, it’s true that designers must walk that fine line of disrupting and accessible. Personally, I adore the Haute collections due to their purely artistic aesthetic, but I am appreciating how the traditional runway is evolving in the modern world in an artistic way of its own. As I get older, the idea of buying into trends is less appealing, and selecting or predicting classics much more my thing.
That said, as the 70’s and 90’s return and saturate styles with their boho and grunge, respective looks, I do enjoy finding pieces that look like better versions of the things I once used to wear.