From power suiting to moody florals and neon signs, here are the top trends on the eve of a new decade.
As we enter the next decade of the millennium, this Falls’ season is pivotal in determining where the pendulum is heading for the next ten years of fashion trends. With access to conversational social media, the collective zeitgeist of our generation has become a two way dialogue, from consumer to designer and vice versa. More than ever before, designers have wider access to collect and analyze current state of minds and events in real time, which influence their design language. In today’s inundated market, creating viable seasonal collections and tangible products that strike emotional cord within us, is no easy task. The ones that resonate the most to the consumer are the ones who listen and have their finger on their consumers pulse by fulfilling a consumer void or creating an emotional impulse purchase, hence moulding the trends we adopt.
The word ‘feminist’ or ‘femininity’ has been the top of mind topic for several seasons and continues to evolve in many interpretations. Top trends are quite an eclectic mix and Fall 2019 certainly hit many cords among women of all walks of life. Designers in New York, Paris, London, Milan, and Toronto borrowed nostalgia from the past while balancing the evolution of today’s progressive woman. From Savile Row suiting from Proenza Schouler and McQueen, to ultra bright neons at Saint Laurent and Sies Marjan, to spiked romantic looks at Marc Jacobs and Miu Miu. Whether you want to feel empowered in a suit, demure in a feminine dress, or comfortable in polished separates there is something for everyone.
Overall the fashion pendulum is indexing the departure of ‘casual athleisure’ as we know it and has elevated to sartorial dressing being the common denominator. The other key message is validating individuality, that personal taste matters more, than a single must have item. In a continued effort to distill the runways world wide, here are the key takeaways for Fall ‘19, which we think you will you will love.
A refreshing antidote to the winter blues and to all the darker tones populating this Fall’s collections, zingy bright hues prove both attention-grabbing and youth-savvy. Saint Laurent and Versace had 80’s inspired LND (little neon dress) perfect for a night out, while other designers such as Balenciaga, Jacquemus and Sies Marjan offered head to toe suiting and soft draped pieces for day time chic. Whether it be accents or full on monochromatic dressing, it’s a show stopping way to inject some high energy into your wardrobe.
Designers such as Celine, Chanel, JW Anderson, Thom Browne, and Victoria Beckham tap into classic pieces with a retro mood. Simple, clean and commercial, these looks provide longevity and classic basics are reworked for the ‘working woman’. Otherwise categorized as masculine patterns, English inspired tweeds, tartans and checks, masterfully cut in feminine silhouettes. Soft and feminine blouses and 70’s inspired A-line and pleated skirts, are artfully layered for a current bourgeois feel. Evolving from last season, neutrals are still key, while spiced palettes of amber and brown tones pick up traction across multiple runways.
This seasons metallics are getting amped up with new fabrics such as liquid lames, dancing tasseled sequin, and multi-dimensional crystals. The vast majority of colour was seen in tones of subdued gold & bronze while others sprinkled in tarnished shades of pewter and silver. Silhouettes ranged from full on ‘entrance making’ dresses from designers Michael Kors, Narces and to retro inspired blouses, culottes and blazer separates from Celine, Alberta Ferretti and Altuzarra. There is no doubt that there is something to dazzle up your night.
History is fused with modern romance. Silhouettes see voluminous sleeves, frivolous necklines, and decorative ruffles meet paisley prints and tapestry patterns. This season’s dark background florals and jacquards create romanticism in modern ladylike shapes as seen by Prada, Coach, and Nonnie Juxtaposed with masculine tailored suiting, designers such as Peter Pilotto and Richard Quinn played with rich colours and metallic finishes in the luxurious brocades.
PUMP UP THE VOLUME
Fall ’19 signals a return to the dress in many forms. However, with the return of romanticism many designers were inspired by silhouettes that were cut in flowing trapeze shapes, in extreme volume by tiered layers and gathered flounces. Flirty and playful mini dresses seen at Christopher Kane while dramatic floor sweeping renditions with larger than life sleeves at Roksanda and Rochas. Other voluminous details inspired from the 80’s were deep flounces and ruffles that were curled around the body or that framed one shoulder necklines showed by Narces and Prabal Gurung.
Moving away from the rigid streetwear utility trend from past collections, there is a blend of minimalism meets femininity for a renewed approach this season. Focused on refinement, separates and outerwear are equipped with pockets for all your essentials and have a classic allure. At the color forefront, muted shades of Olive green remained most popular as seen with Prada, Tom Ford, and Stella McCartney. Statement pieces such as jumpsuits, coats, and suiting looked strongest in monochromatic combinations. Details included brass buttons, D ring belting, and oversized flap pockets, perfect for the city dweller.
Back with a vengeance, leather dominated the runways, seen in either high-shine to soft renditions, in head-to-toe looks or statement coats. Pliable leathers allowed for supple manipulation in wrap like coats as seen in Salvatore Ferragamo and fitted blazer and full skirts combos at Alexander McQueen. Metallized patchwork leather coats and leather pants with a studio 54 vibe seen at Michael Kors while designers Hillary McMillan and off white, opted for high octane patent leathers as accents in head to toe styles, nostalgic of the 90’s.
Femininity comes in many extreme forms this season. With the current movement known as ‘underwear-outerwear’, this lingerie inspired trend seems perfect for the moment. Designers put their own spin on boudoir, focusing on full silhouettes that float around the body while textured lace, ethereal tulle and delicate chiffon spell out a romantic mood. Sheer layers, fluidity and soft drape add sensuality to silhouettes and are an important component to layering. As seen in Prada and Antonio Maras, dainty black dresses layered over white shirting, marry perfectly for a modern twist. Designers such as Dolce and Gabbana and Saint Laurent showed feminine lace skirts and dresses with exposed under garments. The resurfacing of corsets from Olivier Theyskens and Dolce and Gabana hit the mark with this boudoir inspired trend.