Ready to start swapping out your closet for items that are trending for spring? Here are a few takeaway points from New York and Paris Fashion Week you can use to help navigate the top styles for this spring season.
The 70’s look showed up this year and continues to be a big hit in the fashion world. Look out for fringe, flares and leather jacket looks that are modified versions from the hippie movement. New York Fashion Week saw plenty of suede, chunky layers, bold prints and tons of fringe. In fact, fringe took center spotlight as it shifted from a bit of texture to a full-fledged bohemian overload in hemlines, purse sides and more. From Prabal Gurung to Christian Siriano, the designers at NYFW solidified this trend for at least one more year.
If you are a bit of a timid mouse in your style who prefers not to pull too much attention from the room, then this trend might be one to skip for this season.
NYFW had plenty of collections, from Tommy Hilfiger to Victoria Beckham, that highlighted some shocking pattern clashes typically taboo in the fashion world. Bold stripes were paired with equally bold chevron bottoms. Strong plaids were showcased under large floral prints. Busy prints were cuffed with even busier prints in a very similar color. The mesh created something borderline blinding and difficult to look away from at the same time.
We’ve loved to show off our shoulders for a long time now, but slender model shoulders were flaunted in NYFW for the spring season for sure.
Cuts were deep enough to expose the collarbone, yet still covered up the rest of the torso for a look appropriate in the business world. Some looks, like those from Victoria Beckham and Tome, featured very high necklines with sleeveless silhouettes or upper arm cut outs.
There were plenty of conservative cuts in sheer materials that made the garments far from prudish at Paris Fashion Week. From mesh to other sheer fabrics, the heavy layering of designers like Miu Miu was complemented by layers that showed off a bit of the figure. Sonia Rykiel had an interesting take on this style, with cutouts in her fabric that looked like macro-mesh.
Stella McCartney was another designer with an interesting approach to the mesh fabrics – hers were used in breezy eyelet dresses featuring patterned swatches that showed off a little skin. Meanwhile, Alexander McQueen sent some amazingly elegant political statements down the runway, including a sheer lace and feathered dress with a flying bird of paradise.
Ready to Rockstar
Another popular spring trend in Paris included a lot of relaxed styles that looked like hot rockstars on their day off. Tom Ford even skipped the runway for a music video of models dancing down a Soul Train inspired line with his rocker looks that included cargo pants, sequined dresses and exotic patchwork jackets. Saint Laurent showed off a girl perhaps on the morning-after in her mini-dresses, large jackets, tiaras and disheveled hair. Saint Laurent was not alone when it came to the headpiece trend. We saw a plethora of headbands, wraps and accessories adorning many models gracing the catwalks.
There was a lot of controversy at Paris Fashion Week when Valentino showed off tribal looks and cornrows on pale models. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli had many critics asking where the line between inspiration and appropriation lay. However, Paris saw a lot of African inspired looks, including Hunger Games-esque future Africa designs that featured bold colors, African accessories and mirrored fabrics.
So, depending on your style you may already be in sync for what’s to come. If not, adding to your wardrobe can be as simple as accessorizing with a more casual vibe by incorporating cargo pants, layered patterns, oversized jackets, fringe accents and brighter colors. For those who are able to splurge, with the vast array of trends available spring is your season!