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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Picture prints are big, and these landscapes are like a room with a view.
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.
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).
From micro to fishnet, mesh crossed the border from performance wear to fashion. It’s all part of that athleisure thing.
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.
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 Bombers
The hottest jacket right now, the runways were quite appropriately bombarded by bombers in every way imaginable, including the mixed media treatment.
Stylists for what seemed like every collection used neck scarves, while ties were considerably more absent.