Transition from spring to fall with power suits, classic leopard print, shearling details, and oxfords | A trend report
The fashion runway is abuzz all-year round, with designers showcasing new collections and styles. And the current season, between spring and fall, is the time to look at pre-fall collections. This year, we saw new trends, along with some carried forward from summer/spring 2015. The runways were alive with influences from 70’s, classic leopard prints, bomber jackets and utilitarian power-dressing. However, shearling and cubism took centre stage when it came to dressing in-between seasons.
Ruling the runways was the 70’s mien, with Gucci and Chloe as lead-runners. Gucci featured printed jersey dresses and lace-up oxfords, while Chloe brought peasant blouses, bell-bottom denims and the famous thigh-high boots on the runway. And, lest we forget, a big stand-up for Derek Lam’s stunning red suit! Time for power suits to make way for tunic tops with flared bottoms.
The classic leopard print always makes its presence felt during pre-fall and fall. This time, however, it emerged with a refreshing update. Sonia Rykiel’s hot pink leopard print outfit caught our attention, while Burberry went back to the classic leopard print short jacket in tamed sheepskin.
Shearling dominated the runways of pre-fall 2015. Altuzarra’s collection featured a quilted jacket with white Mongolian lining, while Valentino paired up a white shearling coat with cropped denims. Calvin Klein’s showcased a coat whip-stitched together with leather, suede and shearling sheared to different lengths.
Cubism may have been a favourite among designers, from Dior to Lanvin, to send down the runway for pre-fall, but squares too are making a hip statement. Balenciaga’s collection featured black and white squares in coats and gloves, while Miu Miu showcased boxy plaid camp shirts.
Luxurious to simple, exaggerated to subtle, boyish charm and exaggerated proportions were also spotted. In Joseph’s collection, military-touched jackets, the revere-stripped DB overcoats, the single-pleat pants were all menswear-inspired. The Row stayed true to their aesthetics, pared back luxury showcased in oversized coats, muted colours and trouser sets.
As for shoes and bags, thigh-high boots and oxfords (again borrowed from your man) are huge for pre-fall. But lace-up shoes and even clogs (descended from the 70’s) are making waves! In bags, it’s fuzzy bags, fringed bags and backpacks that rule the runways.
The season offers perfect pieces to transition from spring to winter. Absolutely worth falling for.
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