What are you likely to spot on the streets and store racks come fall? As seen on the runways, we’re predicting what you’ll be buying for fall/winter (with a little help from our favorite blogs). Here is our forecast for the top five looks for fall:
Colorful, even clashy prints
Style.com pointed to designers such as Gucci, Miu Miu, Celine and Saint Laurent for “eclectic looks” that “are proof that a little of this and a little of that can add up to a whole lot of punch.”
Meanwhile, Fashionisers.com found the same sort of textured mix-and-match appeal in the “patchwork” prints shown by the likes of Etro, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Fendi, who utilized “either single materials or multiple styles in order to create some rather intriguing looks. Some decided to color block with similar textures, while others certainly were a lot more daring.”
The dark-hued gothic look still holds sway, especially among designers. According to Style.com, designers including Givenchy, Alexander Wang, Giles, Rick Owens, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs “turned out looks in head-to-toe black” on their runways.
“The Goth Girls-gone-wild look is especially alluring,” said Fashioniser.com, “with its black coloring really adding a slimming factor and the way the biggest designers do it making it all less trashy and so much more sophisticated.”
Retro chic—from Boho to Mod
Seems that designers still can’t get enough of the swinging ’60s and hippie ’70s—and fashion buyers are likely to follow suit come autumn.
The Boho look popularized in the spring collections is still around. With gauzy gowns, flares, and a spirit of globe-trotting eclecticism on catwalks from Burberry Prorsum to Lanvin, there's no shortage of proof that peace and love are still in.” Others exhibiting hippie style included Chloe, Anna Sui, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch.
Another look resurrected and updated from the 1970s, according to Fashionisers.com, was fringe, which “adds a flounce to each step or really jazzes up a jacket, top or dress.” Shows sporting a flash of fringe included Proenza Schouler, Sally LaPointe, Marchesa and Adeam.
The 1960s was represented on the runways of Louis Vuitton, Emilio Pucci, Hermes, Stella McCartney, H&M, and Victoria Beckham (among others) in the form of Mod goes, well, mod! “A thigh-skimming A-line is the shape of the season, and designers are imagining it for the 21st century with a decidedly modern ease,” says Style.com.
Another holdover from spring that we’re cheering is flared trousers. “Hellessey, Yohji Yamamoto, Stella McCartney, Maison Martin Margiela, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood and Emanuel Ungaro are only a few of the many who decided to present the flared fashions in perfect tailoring as well,” observes Fashionisers.com.
In that same vein, culottes also made a strong showing on the runways. Charlotte Ronson, Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang and Clover Canyon all contributed strong looks featuring this comfy yet stylish alternative to skinny styles.
Looking to shake things up, designers were eager to offer a new “slant” on the traditional hemline—most particularly, an asymmetrical one! DKNY, Brandon Sun, Narciso Rodriguez and Monique Lhuillier were among those to offer up this look, which, Fashionisers noted, still contains symmetry: “The eyes will always find the diagonal fall of the skirt hems beautiful because there is symmetry in their asymmetry.”
Other hemline styles showed off a lot of leg, via a severe slit. “There is something extremely sexy about slits in general, and the thigh-high versions that range from mid-thigh up to the very top of it have been seen on the fall/winter runways,” Fashionisers says. Altuzarra, Cushnie et Ochs, J. Mendel, Prabal Gurung and Givenchy all showed varieties of this look.