This is the height of the fall fashion shows, when people start to fall into the trends and shop. This fall is a runway season of mixing the past with the future.. We have seen looks from the 60's,70's, and a little bit of the 90's coming back, along with modernized trends such as military, leather, and metallic.
The 60's were seen in the Louis Vuitton, Prada, L'Wren Scott, and Dries Van Noten runway shows with full skirts and pastel colors. Ferragamo, Chloe, and Tahari represented the 70's boho chic with neutral colors, fur, and just the right touch of sparkle.
The military trend is a favorite of many people, mixing clean cuts with just a little sparkle and leather. Though the 2008 and 2009 fall military looks were inspired by 18th and 19th century military, the trend has revived this year with a more modern take on the classic dignified clothing. Military jackets have been spotted EVERYWHERE, even in mainstream stores like American Eagle and Old Navy. Everyone loves them!
The leather trend is adding edge to clothing worldwide. Fashion isn't so pretty, sparkly and ruffly anymore. The grunge movement has captured runways everywhere, and women love to be seen a little bit tougher. But leather clothing doesn't always mean rock star stud filled looks. Many designers are turning leather classic, such as the Celine plain leather t-shirt. This has great crowd appeal, as many people do not want to feel intimidating and rough, which many people associate with leather.It's a whole new level of classic winter fashion.
Another modern trend we have seen is the metallic movement. Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Balmain, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Benhaz Sarafpour are just some examples. Gold blazers, dresses, and pants are all over the catwalk, along with intricate embellishments on otherwise plain, classic LBDs. Women are reminded that even in this economy, not all of your gold is gone!!
Other trends besides these past and future inspired looks have been spotted on the runways. This includes neutral tones, knee high footwear, and the strange trend of wearing lingerie as outerwear.
Neutral colors, colors you can wear with anything, are a necessity! They add just the right balance between extremes, as seen in the Burberry, Bottega Venetta, Chloe, Sonya Rykiel, and Giambattista Vali fall fashion shows, along with many, many more. I am a firm believer of mixing neutrals with bright colors equally, then adding just the right accessories. I have been criticized many times for my love of neutrals, but I stand strong in my opinion that neutrals are a necessity, and I'm sure Marc Jacobs could justify that for me!
Knee high footwear is definitely a trend people are loving! The runways everywhere this season were filled with knee high boots, long socks, long socks over tights, knee high boots over long socks over tights...
This look can be outrageous or very subtle. That's probably the reason why designers are putting it everywhere! They know it's something easily accomplished and inspiring for many other looks. Some designers, among many others,who have caught on to these preppy must haves are Cynthia Steffe, Michael Kors, Rag & Bone, Hussein Chalayan, Celine, and the ever-classic Chanel. If anyone needs proof that this is truly an accepted and coveted trend, just look at Georgia May Jagger, Ashley Smith. and Cintia Dicker, who all wore knee high socks in magazine photo shoots. We're all loving this trend!
The last trend I will write about, lingerie as outerwear, is a little different than the others. Firstly, this is a very strange trend. A way of showing more skin or just a creative take on classics? Possibly both. Second, it hasn't been on the runways, but merely spotted on the street and worn by celebrities. I'm hoping it won't catch on too much, or the whole of New York will catch a cold! Let's hope that doesn't happen.
The celebrities who have been digging this trend include Rihanna, Kaya Scodelario, Ashley Smith, and Patricia Van Der Vliet. While they must love their look, I'm not the biggest fan. I hope it is short lived and doesn't become too ridiculous.
Come fall, make sure you wash your hands very well!
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