New York Fashion Week
Graphic Prints and Color Blocking Fan of the iconic look? Graphic-printed pieces made big statements on the catwalk with their loud colors and combinations. Color-blocking brought out a great contrast against them, too, and the smooth, saturated colors were show-stopping. Styles like this are always fun to work with. Solid colors can energize you when you look in the mirror, and a strong graphic can give off the message of your look from a mile away. For looks like these, consider such fabrics as: Purple and Orange Duo Following their debut in fall, orange and purple palettes are still in full swing on the runway for Spring 2017. Their contrast is still attractive, a mix of warm and cool, and they're here to stay. From florals to solids, this color combo is fairly versatile. Don't be afraid to mix and match! Try styling any of these fabrics into your wardrobe for this look: Orange... And Purple... Oversized Sleeves Another return from Fall 2016, over-sized sleeves were generously sprinkled throughout the designer showcases. Good with both light- and heavy-weight fabrics, over-sized sleeves are a perfect transitional style for the weather changing between fall and spring. You can also take advantage of their design to work volume into your ensemble's silhouette (like DKNY's style above!). Heavier fabrics like these can help you achieve this weighted looked: Off-the-Shoulder How classy! Straight-edged and low-cut, many designers showed off their shoulders with exposing styles much like the midriff and center-exposed styles. You could lump them all together into one category, but each type of exposure got so much individual focus, it could be considered a crime not to give them each a spotlight of their own. Exposed shoulders have always had a place on the style board for their elegant and sophisticated images. Draped or fitted, this style is beautiful in its own way. Many types of fabrics work will for this look, but if you need some inspiration, start with these: Low-cut Necklines Low-cut and square collars and necklines adorned many of the models at the show. Appealing for it's focus on the collarbone and shoulders, square neckline pieces can be flattering, giving the appearance of a wider torso and slimmer waistline. Like in the pictures above, accenting the actual edge of the neckline can be very powerful for your ensemble. Using fabrics with patterns or colors that contrast the rest of the piece can achieve this! Consider fabrics like this to get this look: 70s/80s Influences With bright colors and bold lines, a lot of styles carried the influence of the 70s and 80s on the runway for this season's show. This style is a great excuse to wear flashy fabrics and patterns. The point is to really stand out, so don't be shy! Loud and bright fabrics like these are great for creating these looks: Activewear Lots of the Spring 2017 designs sported eyelet fabrics and mesh for a nice, breathable style. Ranging in color and pattern, this style is forgiving in that you can mix and match different visual textures and shapes without sacrificing a clean look overall. If you'd like to make your own activewear style, check out these fabrics: Cut-Out Fabrics The last trend to highlight is cut-out styles! This style is more for visual focus than anything else, as their design draws the eye by playing with absence and empty space. Cut-out style looks best with fabrics that can provide clean, bold lines. The appeal is the clean cut, so make sure to work that into your design! Fabrics like these would be great options:
NYFW: Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear September 8 – 15, 2016 London Fashion Week S/S 2017 September 18 – 20, 2016 Milan Fashion Week S/S 2017 September 21 – 27, 2016 Paris Fashion Week S/S 2017 September 27 – October 5, 2016 NYFW: Bridal October 5 – 10, 2016
1. FloralsI know -- groundbreaking, right? Everyone always loves florals, but this year the runways saw them in a whole new way. Embroidered laces brought textures to a whole new level with 3D embellishments and appliques. Plus, large-scale floral prints didn't just stick to skirts and gowns. They adorned several pants and suits, causing the over-sized designs to almost make their way into the abstract print trend.
A. 3D Embellishments
B. Large-Scale PrintsHere are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
2. StripesStripes made their way into pants and jumpsuits a few times this past year. This trend we particularly love as it makes the body look longer/taller. However, we also saw some other interesting uses. Banana Republic, for example, created the illusion of stripes by omitting sections of a print, and Ulyana Sergeenko designed a beautiful pinstriped jumpsuit with a surprisingly sheer fabric. Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
3. OmbreMarchesa has certainly mastered the art of ombre skirts and dresses, but this past season it made it's way onto the runways of other designers, such as Tadashi Shoji. Personally, we'd love to see this become a widespread trend this season - particularly with charmeuse! Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
4. Abstract PrintsThis is another trend that seemed to translate well to gowns in the past, but this year saw it expand to jumpsuits, pants, and even coats! We can't wait to see where it may lead this week. Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
5. MetallicsEverything is chrome in the future. Or, rather, everything has been chrome this year -- and we don't want it to stop. From jackets to dresses to corsets to pants, metallic fabrics and details have made their way onto several runways. Some have gone the all out holographic 90's route, while others have thrown it back to flapper girl charm. Either way, designers have proven the surprising versatility of a shiny palette, and we can't wait to see how/if that will evolve this season. Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
6. ThrowbacksPulling inspiration from past decades is nothing new in the fashion industry, but the past few seasons have seen silhouettes from as far back as the Victorian era -- high necklines, ruffles, long skirts, capes, and puff sleeves! On the more recent side of history, the 60's seem to be out and the 70's are in! What started as a sprinkling of retro vibes last spring has turned into a full 70's reboot this fall, so we'll definitely be seeing more of it in these upcoming shows. Get ready for color blocking and flare pants!
B. Retro & VintageHere are some options from Mood to stay on trend:
7. PleatsPleats are perfect for creating flare, and the recent obsession with micropleats is one that we don't want to see go away. If done with something like a chiffon or crepe de chine, the result is a light and airy, flattering silhouette. Plus, these can easily be reimagined as shorter cocktail or casual day dresses. Here are some options from Mood to keep you on trend:
8. Eyelets & LaceReally, when is lace not on trend? Recently it's been used as sleeve details, waistbands, ruffles, and we've also been seeing a lot of colorful eyelet fabrics on the runway. Here are some options from Mood to stay on trend: Only time will tell if our predictions are accurate though! What about you? Do you have any trends you're hoping to see return this season? Which has been your favorite this year?
It’s hard to get excited for Fall/Winter runway collections, when deep inside you can’t wait for the snow to clear and the sun to come out so you can pull out your denim shorts and flirty spring dresses. However, after seeing the runway collections from New York fashion week I can’t help but feel inspired. Fall 2010 seems to continue the whole American Sportswear re-invented and military trend. Cozy knits, fabulous outerwear pieces in heavy wools and fur, and big comfortable pants took over the runways. Everything seemed so practical and wearable that I couldn’t help but wish I had it all to wear now and keep forever. My favorite trend is piling on the chunky knits. This trend reminds me of the perfect ski weekend in Aspen but perfectly acceptable and comfortable for every day life. My favorite show that portrayed this trend was Rag and Bone. These two designers from Nashville totally get the whole Americana style. The mixture of textures and monochromatic tones worked perfectly together; mixture of stylish, comfortable, and cool. The designer’s inspiration for this collection was “crazy English guys who climbed Mount Everest in the twenties in tweed” and they nailed this perfectly.