Whether you’re in the northern or southern hemisphere, fashion designers always have something exciting for you each season. Everything old is made new again by clever reinterpretations and exciting fabric advances. From style mavens and sartorial risk takers to the ever day gal, there’s something for everyone to get inspired by and to experiment with in the coming season’s array of textures, prints, colors, and silhouettes.
Rules are constantly being broken or bent in this industry. No longer are pastels and florals exclusive for spring. Gone are the days of sneakers being the errand day shoe. Even Birkenstocks are making a storied comeback. As we lay out the trends for you for each season, take it all in and let the visual beauty wash all over you. Mix the fall with the spring, or the spring with the fall. Let your inner fashion icon voice lead you to the right trend for the right season or the right occasion.
The soft and delicate hues of powder blue, blush pink, and light lavender of fall 2014-15 fashion trends used to be reserved just for the arrival for spring. But this year the Fall 2014 Fashion Week runways were filled with delectable pastel confections from designers who successfully introduced these sherbet shades into our fall color repertoire. Pastel colored coats are especially in demand. This girly color palette seems to be gaining more ground, and expanding its hold in the industry as different silhouettes, like sweaters and outerwear come out in pastel incarnations. This trend is a truly welcome one, giving our eyes respite from the typical dark and moody color story that accompanies the shift from spring to fall.
Mad for Mod
Block heeled knee-high boots akin to those infamous go-go boots of the 60’s went down the runway one after the other. Models in micro mini skirts, and models clad in shift dresses worn with tights signaled the second coming of mod fashion. Gucci can be credited as the harbinger of this 60’s fashion redux. From the footwear down to the Twiggy-inspired lashes, 60’s vintage fashion is the look of the moment. When it comes to the fall 2014-15 fashion trends it’s a mod, mod world out there, and you best be getting yourself acquainted with this historic decade in fashion. You can count on droves of the world’s most fashionable women getting with this 60’s trend since it is very wearable. Trapeze dresses, Mary Janes, pastels, and baby doll dresses are some items that’ll help your wardrobe get updated with this trend.
The ubiquitous athletic trend and proclivity for sportswear show no signs of stopping or slowing down this fall. Sporty silhouettes, details, and fabrications continue to dominate the sartorial scene with tailored joggers, high fashion sweatshirts and sneakers, and the newly minted chic status of the parka and anorak, are all at the forefront of this trend. Joggers have been particularly enjoying a new-found popularity among fashion lovers as both a comfy and chic item that can add nonchalance to even the most formal and conservative of closet items. Wearing joggers is the quickest and surest way to achieve that elusive off-duty chic look. Sneakers also continue its reign as the footwear of choice this season. From dresses to blazers, sneakers are being spotted adding some street appeal to any look.
The Sweater the Better
It goes without saying that fall 2014-15 fashion trends equals knits. This season however, knits have taken on a decidedly edgier stance with oversized silhouettes, mock and/or turtlenecks, as well as streamlined knits taking center stage. Cozy cable knits and Fair Isle sweaters have exhausted their style potential, and now designers have set their sights on a more fashion forward and a little bit avant-garde take on the fall knit sweater turning it into an invaluable statement piece for the season. Whether you sport the 90’s inspired mock turtleneck, the hot commodity that is the blanket knit coat, or the Euro chic over-sized turtleneck, this season’s knits are your instant ticket to looking like a street style renegade.
Menswear-inspired footwear always lends an unmistakable air of downtown sensibility and forward thinking style sense to any look it is paired with. Oxfords, specifically, are slated to be one of the must-haves for this fall. It is a quite versatile shoe silhouette allowing it to be worn with different types of clothes, and is appropriate whether you find yourself at work, school, date night, or even somewhere more formal. The gravitas and seriousness of this shoe is a great contrast to dressier pieces like fit and flare skirts, and looks equally fashionable when you play up its menswear inspiration via an ultra tailored ensemble.
This historical check print from the Scottish Highlands is a classic that has been made more contemporary for fall. Perfect to layer with your favorite coats or to pair with opaque tights, tartan is a print that isn’t difficult to integrate into existing pieces in your closet. Try it with distressed denim and ankle boots for a cool downtown look, or with a black leather skirt and pointed toe pumps for a different take on a girls’ night out look. Whether you’re using tartan as the focal point of your outfit or joining it in with stripes or graphics for print-on-print action, tartan will easily translate into chic everyday ensembles, and look equal parts sophisticated and trendy.