Spring Fashion Month, a time when you frantically throw out everything in your closet and replace it with the hottest styles, only to realize you’re simultaneously a season ahead and a season behind. Yes spring is in the process of getting sprung, but we’re all thinking of sweater dresses, capes, and drinking hot toddies in leather pants. Let’s take a look at the top trends from Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear, which no one will be wearing for another 6 months or which everyone will stop wearing in 6 months, depending on where you shop and who you follow on Instagram.
Moire (pronunciation? That’s a more-ay) features a tree bark like design that shines in the light. Similar to wood paneling on a 70s style wall, especially when paired with shag, this fabric has been all over the runway for Fall 2019. Batsheva recreated her classic prairie girl look with moire, while Christopher John Rogers fashioned something new, creating a beautiful ruffled dress with larger-than-life sleeves. Delpozo went with a collection that’s more ready-to-wear than anything I’ve seen from them before, fashioning a lovely dress that features a ruffled leg slit, and Gucci went with a simple (well, simple for Gucci) pair of moire trousers in sherbet. Osman’s sleek black dress featured a ruffle instead of sleeves, a lovely piece paired with a floral turtleneck.
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Print Mixing has grown up, moving away from prints that clash into print palettes. Alice + Olivia allow the same print to mix with different colors, while Duru Olowu blends geometric, floral, and animal prints to create a beautiful ensemble that could turn heads anywhere. La DoubleJ pairs two floral prints, one more abstract while the other concrete and Robert Rodriquez expertly creates a patterned palette by blocking geometrics, florals, and solids. Vivetta’s classy lady bar suit pairs two spring florals for fall, with a lovely pussy bow blouse in pale blue.
Get mixed up with these prints:
Although Plaid Mixing could’ve been lumped in with Print Mixing, it was a horse of a different fabric in Fall 2019. Ashley Williams used two different plaids with red bases to create a look that says “I own stock in Spencer’s gifts” (wallet chain not included), while Derek Lam created a cooler than cool coat and some puffed pants to go with it. I’M Isola Marras utilized two types of pleated plaid for a Scottish-gone-global ensemble, and Nanette Lepore created a preppy plaid ensemble with a gathered skirt and puff sleeve blazer. Lela Rose’s dog and pony show wasn’t just a horse of a different fabric, but one cut from an entirely different cloth. Her plaid mixing was seen in the details, where a different color of the same plaid peeped from behind pleats.
Pick out one of these plaids:
Quilted coats are nothing new, but quilted gowns, pants, and blouses? Those, just like all other fashion, are new for some and old for others. Either way, it was big for Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear. Balmain sticks to the usual, and I don’t mean baggy silhouettes that have been done a million times, with an oversized quilted coat. Oh, I guess did mean baggy silhouettes that have been done a million times. Chika Kisada gives me “blushing Russian Bride” vibes with a stunning quilted gown, perfect for wintertime weddings, while Christian Dior showed quilted pants that manage to avoid looking like snow pants. Gypsy Sport shows that campy can be cute with a quilted metallic short skirt suit, and Vivetta gives camp class with a quilted jacket with funky lapels.
Keep up with quilting:
As we approach 2020, the exact decade we expect to become popular is becoming popular; the nineties! Well, no. Well, yes, but the 20’s are even more popular. Prohibition, a woman’s right to vote, and shift dresses that only look good on thin frames are all coming back into fashion, again. Dolce & Gabbana proves me right with a column gown of tiered fringe made modern with a lovely cheetah print, and Emilio Pucci also proves me right with a… column gown of tiered fringe made modern with a lovely abstract print. Escada fashioned a beautiful, shimmering gown of pastel florals paired with metallic silver knee-high boots, while Gucci shows a tiered gown of varying shades of sage, accented with metallic fringe and ruched gloves. Manish Arora showed a beautiful column gown that also featured fringe and shimmer, but the shining silver stole and fashion-forward headpiece truly brings this look from 1920 to 2020.
Get great with these fabrics:
What trends are you loving? I can appreciate all, but I can’t wait to sport some sophisticated print mixing, and those quilted gowns are breathing life into me! Let me know what you think in the comments!