Designers are ushering the brand new fashion season with a positive vibe of pick-me-up bold hues, tactile fringing/embellishments and brave, new twists on classic-dressing.
Last season’s plastic coatings at Raf Simons’ debut collection for Calvin Klein has offered a clear perspective on how to make protective clothing look undeniably cool. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld’s weathering theme saw vinyl hooded capes shield fancy tweed ensembles from wet climates, while at Valentino, wet-look biker and trench-inspired jackets lent futuristic touches.
2) Billowing Dresses
The dress is one of the most fail-proof and fuss-free perennial pieces a woman needs. Pick a long and voluminous style this season, such as Alessandro Michele’s nightgown-inspired maxi dress at Gucci or Phoebe Philo’s poncho-kaftan at Céline.
There’s nothing square about wearing tartan styles this Spring, especially by the stylistic appeal of clashing window-pane checks at Hermès to the juxtaposition of checks with floral prints from Balenciaga to Fendi and Miu Miu.
Fashion’s still got the blues despite the economy pick-up. But then again, what’s a season without the clever iterations on staple denim wear? Tone-on-tone renditions thrived from Dior to Stella McCartney, while stitching and piping patterns lent structure to feminine denim styles at Fendi and Gucci respectively.
5) The ‘80s skirt suit
There’s yet another return of the Eighties-inspired power suit, seen this time in relaxed, oversized blazer styles – fit for the lady who lunches in Chanel or the secretary-inspired lass with a love for luxe surplus store finds (aka Gucci).
6) The pant suit
Every season, designers add a twist to feminising the pant suit. This season’s wonders include cropped, sexy hemlines at Chanel and Michael Kors Collection to the oûtre shiny suits (think part Elton John-part vintage Saint Laurent) at Gucci.
7) Oversized sweater
Nothing says comfort like a roomy sweater. At Balenciaga, voluminous ribbed jumpers with fine lace collars were paired over lingerie slips for a delicate, thrift store-inspired appeal. Meanwhile at Alexander Wang, a beige offering was worn sexily dishevelled with a bare shoulder and thigh-high slit to boot.
8) Full skirts
The swishy maxi skirt is making a dramatic comeback with diaphanous shapes at Prada and Céline, as well as artful lattice cut-outs at Fendi and painterly renditions at Calvin Klein.
The trench coat has gone through a serious style update this season. Adding a sense of chic and touches of styling prowess for feminine daytime-dressing, pieces to invest in range from Loewe’s fringed hemline number to Céline’s dual-layer cape/coat.
10) Luxe sportswear
From Valentino to Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton, designers are lending utilitarian-inspired separates its own brand of sporty, street-style posh. Up the luxurious ante of these easy-to-wear everyday styles by pairing them with designer sneakers and a cult handbag.
Here’s a trend that’s self-explanatory and leaves little to the imagination on leg show. At Prada, Miuccia Prada offered ladies-style shorts its own take on men’s tailoring (and boyish styling). Elsewhere at Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, tough-chic and sporty themes juxtaposed touches of girlishness by way of feminine blouses.
12) Tassles and fringe
It’s time to shake, rattle and roll as fringe details of every kind take centerstage in championing drama, along with adding a spring to your step.
No longer the uniform of just workmen, jumpsuits are gaining traction on the chic-o-meter with flamboyant offerings from Tomas Maier at Bottega Veneta to Alessandro Michele at Gucci.
Don’t wait till bathing suit season to get into shape. The number of butt-skimming styles on the runways are good enough hints to start hitting the gym now.