With fashion month coming to a close, many are asking the age-old questions, “What’s hot? What’s next? What’s trending?” From Milan to Paris, runways (and streets) were chock full of enviable ensembles. They sparked fashion creative minds and set the tone for the upcoming Spring/Summer seasons.
Nearly Naked/ Barely There
The ‘nearly naked’ aka ‘barely there’ trend has captured the hearts of many over the last few seasons. This season, we spotted copious amounts of mesh and netting on the runways. Designers like Clara Son, Dion Lee, and Laquan Smith dominated this trend. What’s great about this trend is that it can be tested in terms of severity. Into modest fashion and not willing to go full on free-the-nip? You can experiment with a graphic mesh top that still allows for coverage.
Utility Wear aka Construction-chic
Utility wear has cycled in and out of the fashion sphere as streetwear and experimental fashion ebbs and flows into the spotlight. Brands like Private Policy and Clara Son showed collections featuring utility vests, cargo pants, and tracksuits reminiscent of construction sites and camping trips. The trend allows fashionistas to experiment with layering and pushing the boundaries of style.
Monochrome ensembles were seen everywhere from Siriano to Versace to Sergio Hudson (a fan favorite this season). Designer, Victor Glemaud even debuted a midi dress with matching head wrap (for the girls that get it). Monochrome is a trend that will always be prevalent in fashion because of its ease and nod to iconic 80s and 90s collections by Chanel and Claude Montana.
Puffer coats graced the runways and presentations of brands like et ochs, Laquan Smith, Dion Lee, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and aknvas. The puffer coat trend quickly rose from the streetwear icons to the runways this season. Puffer coats make excellent Fall/Winter statement pieces but have surprisingly stuck around for the transitional spring looks. Pair a cropped puffer with a fun midi skirt for an unexpected Spring look.
The shows also set huge trends in tech. Many designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Simkhai, and Marissa Wilson experimenting with digital incorporations into their collections from Metaverse activations to wearable NFT’s.
And that’s not the only large-scale change we’re seeing in the industry. With a recent departure from the typical schedule, many are questioning if Fashion Month is coming to an end. Various designers such as Jacquemus, Burberry, McQueen, Thom Browne, and many others presented off schedule shows. We saw collections in various locations including Hawaii (which is not typically part of the fashion month geography). Dubai Fashion Week and the Metaverse Fashion Week have gained popularity, leaving many to wonder, does fashion week ever end? Does the traditional fashion calendar still exist?
Of course, fashion will always be cyclical, straying and returning to what is deemed typical and traditional. Fashion will forever be dominated by trends and what’s the latest and greatest.
What trends are you loving and eager to experiment with?
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