The Pre-Spring/Summer collections are here and I can safely say you’re going to be wearing some beautiful clothes…
First of all, you may want to invest in some tailored trousers. But the good news is that you can pick pretty much any style that suits you and still be on trend! Slim, tapered leg, bootcut, wide leg, skinny, straight, flared… all in trend, and in any length too! The trouser is making a comeback.
Skirts are long: maxis, pencils, skaters, knee-length, A-line… Step away from the miniskirt, and into something a little more sophisticated. If you’re going to pick one, go for a pencil skirt. Dress up with a blazer (Cushnie et Ochs) or blouse (Bibhu Mohapatra), or dress down with a crop top (a la Versace or Antipodium). Keep it classy and understated.
Monochrome is a big trend this season, creating a powerful look, especially when paired with strong silhouettes and striking patterns. Otherwise though the palette is made up of soft neutrals, particularly camel, taupe and grey. Go for muted colours, rather than brights.
A lot of designers played with shape and structured silhouettes, particularly Balenciaga, A la Disposition and J W Anderson, creating some innovative designs. Cut-outs and sheer panels were also prevalent, seen at Cushnie et Ochs, Catherine Malandrino and Dior. Despite the carefully formed shapes of some designers, and the masses of
oversized fabric used by others (Maxmara), waists were best cinched in (with some gorgeous obi belts at Napsugar von Bittera).
Tailoring is key, and we saw a lot of jackets and blazers, paired with clean lined trousers or pencil skirts. A good blazer would also be a wise investment for this season, where smart, clean lines prevail. This would be a perfect time to update your workwear wardrobe. Touches of soft leather added an edge to otherwise delicately draped fabrics (see Elie Tahari). The ultimate goal is understated sophistication.
Prints are still a big trend, but the large, loud prints of last season have been replaced by smaller, more intricate patterns (Versace, Just Cavalli, Clover Canyon) as well as florals (Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta, Erdem). Linear patterns, geometric shapes, and stripes were particularly prevalent and are set to be a big trend, with vertical lines creating a flattering look, and diagonal ones adding a modern edge (Misha Nonoo, Pamella Roland, Fendi, Carven). Explosions of arty paint splatterings, as seen in 3.1 Phillip Lim (right) and also Dior, were also an interesting occurrence. There’s also clear inspiration from the 70′s (House of Holland, Altuzarra), as well as animal print and snake skin (Just Cavalli, Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors).
The prevailing theme was one of structured, yet soft, sophisticated clothing.
Although, there were also hints of summery boho (Altuzarra, Anna Sui). Pretty summer dresses were everywhere. However there was also a completely contrasting trend: oversized. It’s a tricky one to pull off because of the lack of shape, and if you’re not careful, it can just look like you accidentally bought the wrong size. But oversized jackets and sweatshirts were prevalent, as were loose, wide trousers (10 Crosby Derek Lam, Maxmara, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein etc.) The result was a utilitarian, urban look.
For everyday style, think cute playsuits, shorts with pockets you can put your hands in, skater skirts and summer dresses (see 3.1 Phillip Lim, Anna Sui, Antipodium etc.) And if you’re going on holiday, why not try a cut-out swimsuit rather than a bikini this year? (Jason Wu has some gorgeous ones).
Luckily, big coats are also in so you can keep warm whilst still looking stylish (a luxury we so often sacrifice for fashion).
Heels were mainly modest in height, with a lot of summery, open-toe sandals. Platforms and wedges are still with us, but pretty flats are also an option. This season is surprisingly about practicality. Think simple and minimalist.
Here’s a round up of the best of the collections… (Press on the image for larger view).
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