By: Aaron Royce
It's a given that fashion week predicts the most popular upcoming trends. Millennial pink? Check. Gingham for summer? Check. Sock boots? Double-check. Every piece or style that's traveled down a runway has influenced the fashion community at large, and the February shows were no exception.
Leather separates, and suiting returned to fall runways, as well as complementary color pairings. But newer trends took over, too. Royal purple (actually, every shade of purple) made a major splash as autumn's "it" color. Faux fur was everywhere, from oversized bags to a rainbow of coats. Reptile prints were the most popular pattern, whether on boots, jackets or drool-worthy day-to-night bags. In short, trends were diversely utilized from brand to brand; but they all made statements, which are always in style. What's the fun in fashion if you can't be bold or take risks?
From textures to patterns, fall's fashion offerings were generous. It was tough to narrow down which trends had the most impact. But, after much deliberation, these are the biggest that will inspire fashionista's future wardrobes.
Undoubtedly fall's new "it" color, purple reigned supreme at fashion week this season. Sally LaPointe's monochrome runway looks, Elie Tahari's belted suits, and dresses and separates from Cushnie all showed a wide range of the color. Christian Siriano's show-stopping gowns and Anna Sui's hallmark royal purple cemented the case: come autumn, this is the color everyone will be wearing.
Stunning evening-wear by Pamella Roland made the team believe feathers would trend this season. Fast-forward to red and grey moments at Badgley Mischka and Cynthia Rowley's sweet ombré tops (plus a lovely pink dress worn by her daughter, Kit Keenan), and they were hooked. Hot pink and turquoise plumes used by Bibhu Mohapatra, and the rainbow maxi skirt of our dreams from Alice and Olivia, have cemented this as fall's must-have texture.
Runways this year made us mad for plaid! For those looking for a unique alternative to fall flannels, Adeam’s black-trimmed outerwear and flared tank dresses were a team favorite. Tibi's navy or black-and-white windowpane jackets and Elie Tahari's beige, purple and black separates provided chic pieces perfect for the office. But Staud's yellow and neutral oversized prints, on everything from tops to wide-leg trousers, truly stole the show.
Faux was everywhere on runways, from Nicole Miller's dresses and suiting to Claudia Li's sandals and pillow-worthy bags. Orange, blue, and green furs, as well as a dreamy yellow and pink coat, made appearances at Son Jung Wan's fall show. Cushnie's jackets and Anna Sui's plush outerwear expanded the trend, as did Zadig et Voltaire's disco-worthy coats. Consider it the must-have outerwear trend this season.
Designers seemed to have taken direction from ballerinas this season with the amounts of tulle-sheer, maximalist and dramatic-on the runways. Jeremy Scott's tabloid-inspired tutu dresses screamed pure "New York," while Laurence & Chico's capes and neon skirts gave their show a maximalist punch. Cynthia Rowley showed dresses with tulle trim and tiered layers, and Pamella Roland's finale gowns all made excellent use of the textile.
Where spring florals are light-hearted and delicate, fall florals are darker and more maximalist. Color palettes also differ; fall florals lean towards purples and reds more than spring's blues, yellows, and pinks. Staud showed monochrome boots with dresses; which was one of the team's favorite runway styles and Batsheva and Cinq A Sept displayed garments with vintage-inspired patterns. Alice and Olivia's numerous multicolor prints and a stream of elegant gowns by Tadashi Shoji, however, proved this pattern isn't just for spring. Groundbreaking!
Where leopard ruled the spring runways, snakes have overtaken fall. First seen in street style, the trend made various re-appearances at shows like Staud and Elie Tahari. Sally LaPointe's purple monochrome looks, Alice and Olivia's turquoise boots, and velvet separates by Cinq A Sept in green and orange proved natural tones will be shelved for a rainbow of prints next season. Expect every trendsetter to be rocking reptile prints come fall!
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