“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” ― Lilly Pulitzer
This is a follow up post to my last one on ‘Spring Makeup & Hair Trends 2015’ and as obvious as the title suggests, this one’s going to be about what to expect in terms of fashion trends i.e. clothing and shoes.
It may have made sense to do the fashion one first, but I was more fascinated on knowing what makeup and hairstyles will rock this spring followed by fashion. Why? Well I suppose the way I look at it is that you can stylize any outfit with the right makeup and hair do’s and still look in vogue even if you don’t sport the “in” clothes of the season. Some will think the other way round, but that’s just me guys! Having said that, can we ignore the garb that’s going to make us trendy and fashionable? Hell no!
So whilst the Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Week took London, Paris, New York and Milan by storm, let’s see what’s predicted for the upcoming season and just another reason to replenish our closets with the latest styles (either by raiding stores or running to your local darzis).
If some outfits are back from prior seasons or years, then more reason to jump for joy as that saves us a whole lot of money doesn’t it! Although, the above mentioned fashion week is globally acclaimed and has its repercussions spread across the world including India, I thought I’d add a separate section paying tribute to our very own Wills Lifestyle India Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Week which had taken place in October 2014.
Here are some of the many styles that reverberated across the fashion shows, setting the path for Spring Fashion 2015 for people worldwide to take note:
1. Trouser Suit
As singer Lorde elegantly graced the Golden Globes this year in an uber chic black pant suit, we can be sure that suits are going to be ‘in’ and we can all follow suit (pun intended!).
Whilst you can opt from a host of designs from solids to pinstripes etc., designers such as Celine and Chanel are insisting on cropped trousers with the jackets.
2. Gingham Pattern
The historic gingham pattern (tiny checks) has made its way back to 2015 Spring Fashion from as early as the mid-18th century. Also commonly known as the ‘tablecloth’ fabric, one can find the gingham pattern prevalent on dresses, jackets, crop tops and skirts in enlarged patterns and a range of fabrics as illustrated by Michael Kors, Bottega Veneta, and Ralph Lauren etc.
When you think of spring, can flowers be too far behind? No. Right? So, not a surprise when we see designers like Miu Miu, Celine and Louis Vuitton demonstrate how flower power will be integrated into our fashion. See its versatility in its usage.
4. Shirt Dresses
Who doesn’t love a shirt dress! It’s such a staple outfit that not only suits all body types, but is a great investment as you achieve a dozen looks out of it and I’m sure most of you own at least one. Well, they will shine this coming season and designers Charlotte Ronson , Joseph Altuzarra and Rebecca Minkoff have paved different ways in wearing this in the coming spring with either high slits, low waists, belts and so on which leaves us with the leverage to wear it whatever way we want to. Pair them with jackets, belts, tights, leggings or wear alone.
5. Apron Skirting
I wasn’t too sure if skirts resembling aprons is my kind of thing or not. Who wants people bellowing out to you saying “Can you get us the check please?”! But, to my relief I was wrong. I mean, c’mon we’re talking about the likes of Donna Karen and Peter Som who have ingeniously used skirts and styled them in the form of aprons by teaming them over over-sized shirts, dresses and trousers.
This unique styling technique has apparently been seen years ago, but is making its comeback again and I think it’s a fabulous way of taking layering to a whole new altitude. We can definitely give this look a go by just raiding our wardrobes. Simple, yet stylish!
6. Crop Tops
Now, this is familiar and for those who have sported crop tops in the past, it’s back with a bang. If you love to bare a bit of your midriff, then go full on this spring by pairing with skirts or pants as Nicole Miller and Alexander Wang amongst many others have validated at their Spring/Summer 2015 fashion shows. For those of us, who can’t rock this trend for the reasons best known only to us, time to hit the gym!
The seventies retro trend of fringes on clothing seems to be a favourite look of the season. From Just Cavalli to ex-Fendi designer Marco de Vincenzo to Giambattista Valli, fringes are interestingly seen on tops, skirts and dresses. Fringes reminds me of cowboy-inspired boots and jackets, by the way!
If we recall, culottes were a major trend in Spring/Summer 2014 as well; and yup, it’s not going anywhere. Again quite adaptable, this can be teamed with shirts, blazers, tops and flats or brogues.
Wear them with heels if you prefer to add that extra oomph. Ace designers Armani, Jil Sander, Gucci, Max Mara and of course, Dolce & Gabbana have predicted this style in a variety of fabrics and hues.
9. Kimono Trench Coats
The kimono-inspired trench coat, which has been highlighted by Thakoon Panichgul, Tibi and Tracy Reese, is a much-talked about spring look. Personally I feel it’s a great way to enjoy the look of a trench, yet, still feel the flowy textures and style of a kimono; totally apt for springtime as it will be quite balmy then.
So whilst our winter trench coats remain more structured, the kimono-like ones will be all about lightness and droopiness, almost bath-robe like, but with flair.
10. Polo Shirts
Polo shirts are synonymous to Polo Ralph Lauren, but he’s not the only one this time. Designers Alexander Wang and Tory Burch too, have joined the bandwagon and brought back polo tee shirts. But, they have collaborated this sporty garment with other clothing in many ways. So, it’s not just restricted to boring pants or jeans anymore.
11. Prints (Animal and more…)
Undoubtedly, animal prints bring to mind Roberto Cavalli’s much-acclaimed jungle-inspired stripes and leopard prints etc. However, this season unleash the animal in you as you can expect to see beast and creatures faces embellishing garments as well as fascinating ways designers have weaved different fabrics and colours with animal graphics.
Some designers who really played this look exceptionally well and integrated animal motifs with shimmery and bright bold colours were Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Julien MacDonald, Burberry Prorsum and brand Gyunel.
Other predominant prints that will be enjoying the limelight this spring will be stripes, geometric shapes, abstract patterns, tropical prints, pop culture-inspired graphics, stars and polka dots as seen on Valentino, Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne, Chanel, Victoria Beckham et al runways.
12. Bohemian Dresses
You know, last year I was frantically searching high and low for the perfect maxi dress, but much to my dismay I couldn’t find one. So, now you know what’s keeping me smiling! This year, as I know, the long breezy maxis are going to hit the stores again.
This year we can expect some bohemian styled ones as inspired from Lanvin, Vera Wang, Altuzarra and Tommy Hilfiger. You can wear them alone or with cropped jackets and shrugs. There’s just something elegantly avant-garde about these dresses.
Of course, there were many fabrics and textiles seen including chiffons and cottons. But, two fabrics that stood out were definitely denim and suede.
We’re not talking about the plain old denim jeans, but this versatile fabric is said to hit springtime with much aplomb. Look out for bejeweled denims, denim dresses, coats, jumpsuits and baggy cropped pants.
Whilst big daddy Dolce & Gabbana is all up for stone and bead encrusted pants, other biggies such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton have maneuvered their way into denim jackets and trousers. Let’s hear it for denims ladies! Yay!
They say suede isn’t your typical spring fabric, but pastels and camel shades are making its way into spring fashion to give it a lighter and softer approach. Definitely one fabric I can’t wait to get my hands on as so far I’ve been limited to suede shoes. Miu Miu, Valentino, Derek Lam and Loewe, for instance, have captured this look beautifully in their jackets, dresses and tops etc.
It’s rather challenging to pinpoint certain colors that will be trending in a specific season as one will see a vast spectrum of shades used by designers in their attempt to define spring fashion. However, these are some of the most trending ones to take note of:
Some find yellows obtrusive, but there has to be a shade of yellow that suits everyone’s individual taste. Be it canary yellows, to mustards to sunny yellows, this color is hugely sought after.
You can opt from full on yellow dresses or restrict yourself to tops or jackets only; choice is yours. I love yellows and sadly, don’t own many. Time to stock up! Michael Kors and Rosie Assoulin have gone the yellow route in their spring fashion.
2. Black & White
I found it interesting how one particular fashion article mentioned that there is nothing “ground-breaking” by introducing black and white as a Spring 2015 colour trend. True; but, what we tend to forget is how this classic combo can be transformed by using numerous ways to incorporate this in terms of fabrics and silhouettes. I guess that’s why this combo is eternal. Love the way DKNY has used black and white contrasted in eye-catching patterns.
Again, white being a perennial colour which flows from season to season in different forms will also be seen in spring a lot. Designers emphasize not on when to wear this shade, but how to.
See how it has been showcased by many by layering, combining with bright colours or just in their choice of various fabrics. ‘The only thing constant in life is white, but the only change is its usage and texture’ (lol…I just made this quote up!)
4. Military Greens
I’m particularly fond of this color. Not necessarily the military print, but adore olive green and military-style clothing that can be a sure shot style statement if carried off well.
Military-inspired green just doesn’t seem to leave the fashion scene anytime soon as we tend to see it coming back year after year with twists and turns that leave us wanting more. Expect to see this color, this spring too in a myriad of apparels.
Marc Jacobs was one of the first designers who helped bring it back and claims “Military clothes are part of the fashion vernacular now”. So, if any of you own military green outfits, know that they are for the keeps!
In my opinion, footwear can be anything you like as long as it amalgamates with the rest of the ensemble. However, this spring, flat comfortable shoes will reign the season. So, good news if you love your flats, slides (these are going to be in biiiiig time), breezy lace up sandals or even sneakers (check out Rati’s).
Designers have laid emphasis on being comfortable and wearable; so, do watch out for platforms heels, platform flats, wedges as well as block heels. Team these with your clothes and you’re good to go.
WIFW (Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week) for Spring/Summer 2015:
While the above-mentioned were the major trend-setters across the globe, WIFW for Spring/Summer 2015 showcased comparable trends too. The spring collection is always an ode to the warmer months that are just around the corner and in keeping with certain traditions; there were a lot of innovative designs too. In a nutshell, here’s what they had to predict for the upcoming seasons fashion:
WIFW Style Trends:
As seen by a lot of our international designers, some of the trendsetting styles to watch out for by Indian designers are a host of graphic prints such as tribal, geometric etc. as seen in the work of Urvashi Kaur, Anupamaa Dayal, Hemant & Nandita and so on. You will find sarees, dhoti pants and short dresses adorning these prints.
Crop tops, florals, layering with different fabrics and colour-blocking were also common amongst many designs ranging from swimwear to lehengas to pant suits. Tarun Tahiliani, Nida Mahmood, Rohit Bal, Payal Singhal were just some of the designers to exhibit these styles. Each style was defined with a horde of textiles, prints as well as embroidery to make them stand apart and want us to lust for springtime to come soon.
WIFW Fabric Trends:
Bearing in mind the expected weather, a lot of breezy and light fabrics were seen used by many of the Indian designers such as Samant Chauhan and Pallavi Mohan. For instance, in their use of sheer textured fabrics layered with opaque ones.
We all love lace in the warmer months and gladly, laces as well as net were used efficiently and beautifully in many designs too. These were combined with other materials, resulting in gorgeous dresses and skirts.
Denims were also a highlight and forecasted by our Indian designers as a fabric to reckon with. Rajesh Pratap Singh and Raakesh Agarwal swear by denim and made it the hero of their collections. In keeping with our traditions, airy chiffons and georgettes and flowy silks were also highly used fabrics.
WIFW Colour Trends:
Quite similar to the colours predicted by the global runway designs, shades that will rule Indian designed clothing will definitely be white as displayed by the likes of the white king: Wendell Rodricks and other designers. Soft pastel hues will be seen as preferred spring colours with a lot of blues, oranges and summery yellows.
Designers such as Nachiket Barve, Atsu Sekhose and Anupamaa Dayal have brilliantly cast a lot of tangerine shades, pastels, oranges respectively in their collections. Neutral colours like browns, beiges and muted golds will also be predominant.
That’s it from me for now! So, lots to look forward to.
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