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)

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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Cushnie Et Ochs Spring/Summer 2016

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October Obsessions

October is the ultimate month of Fall; the leaves start to change, boots become an everyday staple, pumpkin spice lattes, etc. Call me basic, but October to December is the absolute best time of the year. The weather is finally mild enough where you can walk across campus with a hot chai in the morning without dying of heat, and I couldn’t be happier.

As you can probably tell, I’m a bit obsessed with boots. I style them into as many outfits as I can, whether it’s with a skirt or pair of jeans. Fall is perfect, because it’s an opportunity to wear them in a wide array of outfits and still be comfortable with the temperature. I can honestly say I’ve worn a pair nearly every day this month! When I was home a couple weeks ago, I traded in my old black riding boots for a pair of Cole Haan’s I scored at DSW for only $120 (origninal $330). I can assure you that they will be put to good use.

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Another part of Fall fashion I adore is coats. My love of coats definitely comes from my mom. I’ve never seen someone be so excited over coat shopping, and I think that has rubbed off on me. During the Fall, often times my favorite part of my outfit is simply just my coat. Fall coats are absolutely perfect, because the weather is manageable enough that the coats are still fashionable and keep you warm without having to look like a giant marshmallow in a parka.

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Lastly, I can finally wear dark nail polish without feeling out of place. I’ve always been drawn to dark colors and jewel tones over pastels and neons, whether it’s for clothing or nail polish. You’ll always see me wearing plums, maroons, and  golds (with the except of pink, of course), but OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark will forever be the best nail color.

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