Trending Worldwide

Although trends are a phenomena seen worldwide, the way they are worn from continent to continent and city to city are incredibly different. Depending on socialization, climate, lifestyle and other cultural factors, they influence even the subtlest difference in styling.

Thanks to technology, the barriers have begun to be broken down. Apps like Instagram allows us to take a sneak peek into the life of a minimalistic, French girl or the laid back vibes of an Aussie babe. Street style photogs and bloggers across the globe capture what used to be exclusive moments to share with the fashion community no matter the location. You no longer have to be in one of the “fashion hubs” to make your mark on the world of fashion.

To exemplify this, I’ve taken one of my favorite trends for fall 2017, velvet, and utilized my resources to search how fashionistas worldwide are making this trend their own.

 

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London:

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Los Angeles:

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Milan:

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Spring/Summer 18 Trend Forecast

And that’s a wrap on another month filled with innovative fashion, enviable street style and, of course, glamour. The Spring/Summer 2018 collections brought back the essence of creativity that fashionistas across the globe crave. From New York to Paris, it was a celebration of unique, artistic expression. Each designer spoke to the true foundation of their brand and pushed that message into our modern age. After a lull of playing it safe, relying too heavily on “trendiness” and faulty abstraction, show after show left viewers eager and excited for the trend evolution that is to come.

Menswear

I feel like we say this every season, but the (cliché) menswear trend made its way back on our radars, and it’s better than ever. Designers took the ever classic tailored look and made it just as interesting for the streets as for the office. Tom Ford kicked it off in New York with suiting in lustrous finishes and provocative silhouettes by utilizing a variety of deep V necklines with trouser shorts and strong shoulders. Another take on the classics was done by Virgol Abloh of Off-White. The collection was inspired by Princess Diana, the epitome of iconic fashion, with reimagined looks worn by the People’s Princess herself. A slew of other designers followed suit (literally) by elevating staple pieces to become next season’s statement necessities.

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Sheers

Continuing with the elevated staples trend, sheers and textures came into play to bring something new and exciting to otherwise simple pieces. In the final days of Paris Fashion Week, Chanel took an unconventional approach to their signature look by incorporating plastic-like fabrics into the collection making the looks both interesting and practical (Who wants their fabulous Chanel suit to be ruined in the rain, am I right?). Like Chanel, Burberry’s collection also featured clear outerwear while other designer’s took a more upscale approach. Exquisite draping was used at Alberta Ferretti and Prabal Gurung to craft beautiful, textured gowns and “nipple-friendly” tops- in the most tasteful way possible, of course.

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(Chanel, Burberry, Alberta Ferretti)

Glamour

People like to think fashion and glamour go hand-in-hand; as many of us who work in fashion know that’s not necessarily true, the collections this season were on a mission to prove that right. Swanky details, in-your-face prints and luxurious hardware swept the runways. Alexander Wang set the tone in New York with his show that was really more of a wild night out, but the real celebration was Versace’s celebration of Gianni Versace’s life in Milan. Versace oozed glamour with pieces directly from his archives as well as reimagined pieces drenched in gold tones, leopard prints and featured the original 90’s supermodels to close the show. Another glamorous come back was done by Prada. With recent financial struggles, it was clear Prada had to raise the bar, and they went above and beyond. Prada’s latest collection screams “look at me” with bold, contrasting prints and mixed media. Saint Laurent and Balmain also kept the party going in Paris with dramatic silhouettes and detailing throughout.

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(Versace, Prada, Balmain)

Tiers, Ruffles, Frills

Just about anywhere you look nowadays, ruffles are being added to otherwise simple tops, jackets and even pants. Bad news if you think this trend has been overdone, because it’s not going anywhere for Spring/Summer 2018. Designers, like Christopher Kane and Marco de Vincenzo, found innovative ways to add extra, ruffled details to everything from sleeves to hems to collars. In contrast, Marchesa achieved this same look by utilizing feathered textures and tulle layering in her pieces. Whether they’re extreme or subtle, like Erdem or Ralph + Russo, expect unconventional detailing on your spring staples next season.

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(Christopher Kane, Marchesa, Erdem)

The Truth Behind Trends

As trends come and go, many of us don’t take the time to think just how those trends came to be. Why are we suddenly buying anything and everything in millennial pink? And who decided that denim skirts from our middle school days are socially acceptable again? I briefly mentioned the notable forecasting firm, Doneger, in a previous article (click here to read!), but they are only one of many in the industry who have perfected the art of fashion forecasting.

It’s so much more than simply deciding “fringe is in this season”. Forecasting takes into account our society’s economic status, technological innovations, societal uproars as well as the art, music and fashion that we find beautiful and inspiring at that moment in time.

Every company from retail giants to fashion magazines to homeware brands practice the art of trend forecasting. Quite honestly, it could be considered the basis of the business operation. Companies analyze these macrotrends and apply them to their personal business models to fit their consumer. Without it, editors would not know what’s best to feature in fashion spreads and designers couldn’t produce pieces that are marketable.

Success in utilizing a forecast is in the analyzation and familiarity with your target market. They are called macrotrends for a reason; they’re broad. The key is to take these findings and transform them into something tangible. Every macrotrend can be interpreted in a thousand different ways depending on who this trend is being analyzed for. Do they take risks or do they like innovation in small doses? Are they looking for a comfortable or cutting edge wardrobe?

As an example, I took the recently released Doneger macrotrends for Autumn Winter 2018/2019 (Yes, you read that right. Fashion really does work that far in advance.) and condensed their extensive report into a simple concept mood board and street style inspiration board.

Origins: Say hello to nature for this season. Doneger describes this as “Medieval meets mountain living.” In this trend, you’ll find rich, earthy tones and dreary neutrals. Think thick fabrics, like wool, furs and a focus on sustainability.

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Revival: On the contrary to Origin’s Medieval essence, Revival is the new Renaissance. It’s the appreciation for art, beauty and innovation in a world that can seem so dark. Fashion romances with delicate and art inspired silhouettes as well as features intricacy in details. Revival-DonegerAW18

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Imperial: This trend is where luxury meets power. I can already picture the ultra-fierce women of New York strutting the streets in these bold tones, lavish fabrics and opulent prints. 
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Infusion: This trend quite honestly has a little bit of everything. Doneger literally uses “granny chic” to describe this trend’s whimsical florals and kitschy graphics. It is reminiscent on all things retro- but with a modern twist. This prediction also shows us the oversized silhouettes and bright colors of the 90’s and 80’s aren’t going anywhere.
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A Summer Wonderland

Some are saying that the all-white look is the new all-black… Coming from someone who wears black like it’s a religion, I don’t know if I’ll be jumping on that bandwagon. But, I do enjoy throwing in an all-white look every now and then. With the sun shining on a beautiful summer day, there’s just something about an all-white look that is truly stunning. It creates a glow and look of ease, which is basically what every woman wants to conquer with summer style. What’s so great about this look is the simplicity behind it. Every woman owns at least one white bottom and most likely an endless abundance of white tops. Styling it almost becomes a no brainer. Now’s the time to give this look a try before the return of earthy tones and Pumpkin Spice lattes.
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Top:Zara/ Denim:Forever 21/ Shoes: rue21

Inspire Me: Vanessa Hudgens (aka “Queen of Coachella”)

I think we can all agree that the true art of dressing is about letting someone’s personality shine through and reveal their utmost confidence. Vanessa Hudgens has mastered the art of doing just that. Often referred to as the “Queen of Coachella”, I couldn’t think of a better person to draw influence from this summer. Lollapalooza is just a few short weeks away, and the stores are flooded with women of all ages seeking that perfect festival look.

We’ve seen Vanessa’s style grow with her from the sets of High School Musical to Spring Breakers and from her gracing the red carpet to the festival scene. She’s one celebrity that I always keep an eye out for no matter the event. It’s so obvious that she realizes fashion is all about having fun and creativity.

Like many of us, she’s ready to jump on the 90’s trend bandwagon. I’ve loved seeing these trends transform from simple plastic chokers and Converses to intricately crafted chokers and platforms that are bringing unique silhouettes to the shoe game. In a recent interview with Mehera Bonner of Marie Claire, Vanessa explained, “Fashion was playful in the ’90s, and that’s why I love music festivals as well. They have that playful essence.” She also revealed one of the major keys to festival fashion: accessories. “That’s one thing that’s so fun about festivals—you can never go too far with accessories.” I couldn’t agree more. Not all of us are lucky enough to hit the festival scene in VIP, so it’s important to stay cool and comfortable throughout the long days. Thanks to their ease of layering and versatility, accessories are the ultimate way to make your festival look standout.
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Trend Report: 2015/2016

As 2015 is coming to a close, it’s time to reflect back on the fashion trends that for some of us nearly broke the bank. The big question is: were they worth it? After careful research, here’s my list of trends that made the cut for 2016.

Trends to be left in 2015:

As fun as the 90’s comeback can be, there’s certain items that just aren’t adding any benefit to a woman’s wardrobe. Pieces like overly distressed denim, flatforms, and plastic chokers are adding more of a “tacky” feel than a real fashion moment. Sure, these items can done tastefully, but that’s the key. An edgy leather choker or clean, metallic choker can make an outfit. To continue these trends into 2016, it’s crucial to reevaluate if they’re really doing anything to complement your look or having the opposite effect.

Trends to welcome in 2016:

It looks like we’re in for an innovative year in fashion. There’s many trends from recent years making a comeback, but in a redefined way for 2016. Two years ago, cut outs were all the rage, but to the point where it took away too much class from a look. Designers are introducing the concept of showing skin in a more tasteful way this time around. Personally, I can’t get enough of the deep V neckline and cold shoulder looks seen on the Spring 2016 runways. Another trend that took 2015 by storm was the 70’s. Designers aren’t quite ready to let that end because even more suede and fringe took over collections this season. Finally, Pantone made a statement with their choices for colors of the year with Serenity and Rose Quartz. Not only are they beautiful, but go to show that the line between the segregation of men and women, especially in fashion, is fading.

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Trend Report: The 1970’s

As you’re flipping through a fashion magazine or browsing stores this season, you’ve probably noticed the immense take over of 70’s inspired fashion. The boho chic look is definitely an acquired taste, but certain pieces are fun to style and absolutely perfect for summer time.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite 1970’s inspired items:

Off the shoulder peasant blouse:

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Suede Skirt:

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$30 Brandy Melville

Floral Shift Dress:

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$79 Brigitte Bailey

Fringe/Crochet Top:

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$38 Nasty Gal

Chunky Platform Heels:

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$110 Jessica Simpson