58 Trends, Part 2: Eisenhower Jackets to Neck Scarves

This is Part Two of the Trend Report.
Part One: Awning Stripes to Dressing Gowns
Part Three: Neutrals to Zig-Zags

*All designers listed from top left to right and bottom left to right throughout.

Eisenhower Jacket

While the bomber is still big and on almost every runway, this zippered blouson is perhaps the next big thing. Still sporty, but a little less so, and a more luxury look than the bomber.

Eisenhower 1 Eisenhower 2Opening Ceremony, Paul Smith, Brioni, Calvin Klein Collection, Damir Doma
Dunhill, Etro, Hardy Amies, Hermès, Jonathan Saunders


Floral in spring/summer just makes sense, and while we’re seeing them in bright colors as Mother Nature is wont to offer them, more neutral uses are perhaps the more prevalent this season.

Floral 2Floral 3Walter Van Beirendonck, Givenchy, Hermès, Iceberg, Pringle
Richard Nicoll, Roberto Cavalli, Saint Laurent, Thom Browne, Topman


If it’s Made In Italy, does that make Western-influenced collections Spaghetti Western? But the trend appears in collections including London-based Topman and Saint Laurent, and fringe isn’t limited to leather jacket-accents, like the scarf-style fringe on the bottom of Paul Smith’s T-shirts.

Floral 1Katie Eary, Paul Smith, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Topman

Gladiator Sandals

While there is a grey area between these and the Birkenstock-style, there is a definite Roman influence as well as the German mentioned earlier. Dressed up by Brioni, Corneliani and Fendi, or more casually by Iceberg, Prada and Valentino, the leather strapped sandal is a summer shoe staple.

Gladiator Sandals 1Gladiator Sandals 2Brioni, Corneliani, Dsquared, Fendi, Giorgio Armani
Iceberg, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Sacai, Valentino

High-Waisted Pants

Those low-slung pants that make waists invisible and even the most blessèd behind look flat may have had their moment. Welcome back the high-waisted pant.

High-Waisted Pants 1 High-Waisted Pants 2Ermenegildo Zegna, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Iceberg, Dries Van Noten
Paul Smith, Salvatore Ferragamo, Umit Benan, Vivienne Westwood


Now we said some of these trends may take time to transition to the streets, and some may never make it at all. Well, the jumpsuit is perhaps the toughest sell of the set (particularly the hot pink option from Louis Vuitton below), but given the number of jumpsuits on the runway, perhaps the market is out there…somewhere…

Jumpsuits 1 Jumpsuits 23.1 Philip Lim, Belstaff, Iceberg, Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton
Versace, Kenzo, Miharayasuhiro, Richard Nicoll, Walter Van Beirendonck

Knee Length Tailored Shorts

Long/short, wide/slim, shorts came in all shapes and sizes this season, but the knee-length tailored short is the style with the shortest distance to travel, from runway to shop floor to real live human.

Tailored Knee-length Shorts 1Tailored Knee-length Shorts 2Balenciaga, Brioni, Dries Van Noten, Ermenegildo Zegna, Givenchy
Kenzo, Marc Jacobs, Paul & Joe, Philipp Plein, Versace


Picture prints are big, and these landscapes are like a room with a view.

LandscapesJ.W. Anderson, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Raf Simons, Topman

Leather Shorts

Leather pants were big too, but it’s the leather shorts that really got some runway action: more tailored options from Balenciaga, to big windsock-style ones from Dsquared.

Leather Shorts 1Balenciaga, Dsquared, Bottega Veneta, Paul Smith, Philipp Plein

Light Blue Suits

Nothing says summer quite like light blue, and the collections in Europe were covered in it, but it was light blue suits in particular that really strutted their pale cerulean stuff (Pantone’s color of the millennium, in case you forgot).

Light Blue Suits 1 Light Blue Suits 2Corneliani, Gieves & Hawkes, Giorgio Armani, Jonathan Saunders, Costume National
Topman, Marc Jacobs, Richard James, Richard Nicoll, Roberto Cavalli


From micro to fishnet, mesh crossed the border from performance wear to fashion. It’s all part of that athleisure thing.

Mesh 1 Mesh 2Fendi, Lanvin, Lee Roach, Comme des Garcons, Moschino,
Versace, Raf Simons, Roberto Cavalli, Sacai, Viktor & Rolf


In the wake of Saint Laurent’s silver bomber jacket last season, metallic jackets got the green flag, mostly bombers, but some blazers and pants too.

Metallics 1 Metallics 23.1 Phillip Lim, James Long, Moncler Gamme Bleu, Nasir Mazhar
Neil Barrett, Dries Van Noten, Richard Nicoll, Y-3

Mixed Media Blazers

Simon Spurr really kicked this trend into gear in his last collection for his eponymous label, and the trend has been growing ever since. No longer limited to just arms, the whole body of the blazer is tailored with cutout patterns in different materials.

Mixed Media Blazers 1 Mixed Media Blazers 2Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Comme des Garcons, Balenciaga, Lanvin
Moncler Gamme Bleu, Paul Smith, Pringle of Scotland, Thom Browne, Y-3

Mixed Media Bombers

The hottest jacket right now, the runways were quite appropriately bombarded by bombers in every way imaginable, including the mixed media treatment.

Mixed Media Bombers 1 Mixed Media Bombers 2APC, Bally, Calvin Klein Collection, Corneliani, Fendi
Givenchy, Hermès, Maison Martin Margiela, Neil Barrett, Philipp Plein

Neck Scarves

Stylists for what seemed like every collection used neck scarves, while ties were considerably more absent.

Neckscarves 1 Neckscarves 2Belstaff, Boglioli, Costume National, Ermenegildo Zegna, Iceberg
Lanvin, Margaret Howell, Tom Ford, Emporio Armani, Ami

Part Three: Neutrals to Zig-Zags

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