The Jardin des Plantes formed as Givenchy backdrop today. That’s right, we were all seated outside, in the open air. Silver blankets were handed out to the front row as Riccardo Tisci sent out his girls. “Women are fighting for power, not only in America, but everywhere in the world. So I wanted to do something more sensual and more powerful, and for me, that’s tied to nature”, he stated. And so his army of sensual and tough women came out dressed in body hugging clothes with the most vibrant palette of red, orange, brown and pink. Looks had an eastern, sixties (hence the dots, stripes, dress length, collars and pixie (resembling) hairdos) kind of feel to them. All though long flared sleeves and cropped flared pants kept things in the now. A couple of all black suits seemed like the most versatile pieces of the show. The rest of Tisci’s graphic printed, asymmetric dresses probably fit best during a night of disco dancing.
NYFW is a wrap and what a week it was. From Kanye’s opening show to Marc Jacobs closing we’ve been presented with an inspiring fresh fashion season. Current styles have been further explored as revolutionary new ideas made their way onto the NYC runway. See now buy now was the overall theme as clothes straight from the catwalk immediately went on sale. Some of the crisp trends even already experienced their streetstyle moment. We’re talking cinched waists, cut out shoulders, foldover skirts and summer-y pinstripes looking splendid on some of today’s streetwear stars. Next summer you can even leave the house in robe-like coats or dressed bikini tops. And of course spring is the time for florals and ruffles. Ultimate wardrobe classics like the white shirt and the kaki trench coat are being deconstructed and updated in tons of ways. Yellow will be the main color for summer. Cut-outs are cool and a sweater with an image of Elvies on it is even cooler. Oh and did you notice the focus on the sleeves has now led to sleeves getting their own slit? To sum things up before we jump ahead to London Fashion Week here’s a fingerlicking first trend selection for spring/summer. Items you want to get your hands on right after you’ve clicked through our gallery.
As seen at Lacoste, SiesMarjan, Thakoon
If last season was all about suede, this fall your leather should be shine. If it’s up to the likes of Lacoste, Proenza Schouler and Valentino, that is. Patent leather is all around. Wear it as a coat (like Lacoste, Isabel Marant, Proenze Schouldr, Valentino and Versace showed you) or go bold with that orange colored patent leather dress Lacoste had us fall in love with. Ether way, a shade or orange/red might be your best bet. Casual with flats (Valentino) or sensual with an elegant pump (Versace); patent leather is no longer doomed to the tacky dresscodes. High gloss for the high rollers. Let it shine!
The skirt suit sure made a cute comeback last year. Yet for fall the suit is kicking back big time. We’re heading back to work in some of the most striking suits. We’re spotting long suit jackets at Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Gucci. While Sonia Rykiel and, the ultimate office attire provider, Armani are going for something shorter. And if there’s one way to summarize all suits it is by stating anything and everything is possible. Office proof in a purple velvet number including a skinny scarf (Bottega Veneta)? Or business chic in a pair of culotte pants, matching jacket and enormous velvet bow (Marc Jacobs)? Or why not skip that bow and scarf all together and opt for something way more seductive, like that grey suit jacket worn with a pair of pinstripe pants (Max Mare)? And you know in an outfit like that it’s a small step from desk to dancefloor. You’re 9 to 5 wardrobe rack just got a whole lot more versatile.
The Tartan hype instigated by Saint Laurent 3 years ago had not left the fashion field just yet or we’re experiencing a new wave of tartan checks. So in case you’re bored with those flannels but are looking for a way to work some of the Scottish print into your wardrobe, some of the biggest brands are setting the new style example. More than anything else a tartan coat seems to be the key item, just look at Balenciaga, Burberry, Chanel and Etro. Not your thing? That blue shaded Calvin Klein skirt suits might be the most elegant tartan printed piece out there. But of course you can always try a head to toe checked Todds look with off white loafers and a fur collar. Which ever style you’re going for, just ignore that over the top Frankenstein shirt Vetements sent out. It’s a definite case of don’t try this at home, but let it be your ultimate tartan inspiration leading you to a better fit. And if the kilt is going to be your best buy, make sure to wear some undies with it.
You can bet on preppy designers like Tommy to have a navy coat in his collection. But when Burberry, Prada and Valentino are jumping at it too, you’ve got yourself a trend. Unless you’re opting for a bright colored faux fur version, we discussed earlier, midnight blue should be the color of your army coat. And the bigger your buttons, collar (Hilfiger) pockets (Prada), belt (MiuMiu), stitches (Burberry) and patches (Coach), the better. Both Prada and Valentino also proved the navy coat doesn’t have to be so rigid. Have fun with it a little bit. Dress up and dress down with corsets, army boots and little bags (around your neck?!). A sailor cap (Prada), rock earrings (Proenza Schouler) or oversized beanie (Coach) might just top this statement coat off perfectly. Fall musthave, for sure.
Black, white and leopard! A short stroll through the city centre and you know what’s up; the leopard print has become the new neutral. And if you look at how some of the biggest brands have worked the print into their fall collection you’re even surprised it took this long for the wilde print to hit the mass market. Christian Dior had it coming when he first introduced the print and this fall we’re following his lead big time. Was the print quite subtle before, this season it’s statement making and in your face. So a leopard printed coat might just be your best bet. At least Bottega Veneta, Dior (who else), Givenchy, Isabel Marant, Margiela, Moschino and Prada are going for it. Also, you can’t go wrong with animalistic touches on a dress (Saint Laurent), a jacket (Sonia Rykiel) or accessories like a stole (Dries van Noten). Just take a walk on the wild side and get rid of the idea that leopard prints are tacky or outrageous. They’re just so basic right now.
Just click through the Dries van Noten, Prada and Gucci catwalk images and you know brocade is in style. The richer the materials the better the look. Minimalism couldn’t be further away. The more ornate the better. All that glitters are coats (Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Prada), sequined tops (Dries van Noten) and embroidered velvet dresses (Roberto Cavalli). Once worn to convey social status in places like Byzantium, China, and Italy, this fall you’re wearing these luxurious pieces to convey your sense of style! Downdress your brocade look with some denim and a crispy white Tee to add some street chic appeal. Or just follow Gucci’s example and go all the way with some expensive oversize square-frame rhinestone sunglasses, a turban and fur sleeves.
After that impressive Acne shearling coat from last year had every it-girl craving for shearling is a big trend this fall. From Balenciaga to Sacai; the big brands are introducing their sheepskin ideas for the new season. From black sheep to trend setter; the new shearling jackets are adding instant coolness to your look. And oversized (hello Marc Jacobs) with XL collars they’ll keep be the ultimate shelter to any winter storm. Whether worn with mesh tights (Burberry), bare legs (Margiela) or a bright red pleated skirt (Balenciage); there’s no denying it’s coolness. We put biker jackets with a shearling lining on top of our wishlist. Biker sheep.. eh chic. Will you become that wolf in sheep’s clothing too?
Remember last year’s bright colored fur trend? Well, for upcoming fall you can hang on to those extravagant coats. Colored fur isn’t going anywhere (just look at the fur coats Fendi, Ferragamo and Ferretti sent out). The trend did get a subtle update as large fur coats in just one statement color are having a moment too. Preferably in shades of blue and green, like thise ones Blumarine, Burberry, Rochas and Chloé suggested. But cobalt blue or bright pink will do the trick too. For those trend setters looking to overdo it Moschino released an full on leopard printed fur coat. Fur capes are the way to go according to Prada and Roberto Cavalli. And if that’s all a bit too much for you Christopher Kane and Alexander Wang opted for a natural color palette. No matter your winter outfit, just toss on a fur coat and you’re bound to make heads turn. Effortless chic and highly hugable.
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