Trends are what make each season different and Fashion Snoops highlights the main looks of the year. Switch out linen for wool, seersucker for plaid flannel…these visual cues express the seasonal perspective. At MAGIC Market Week, the trend forecasting seminars explained the technical aspects behind what encapsulates a trend.
We often think trends appear from thin air from the minds of luxury designers and trickle down to mainstream outlets. But that’s a very simple of view of what really happens.
Every season has its limitations in terms of fabric usage, color palette, and pattern choice. Some traditions that hold true all the time like nautical styles for summer and layered sweater styles for winter. But there will always be exceptions as designers choose to highlight certain elements to concentrate their collections. With the democratization of fashion, it’s easy to find something for everyone. But to make it easier for us to digest, trend categories simplify and streamline our ideas of what’s relevant and new.
Fashion inspiration is cyclical.
Designers see something amazing on the street from everyday people and create a collection. People see designer collections and are inspired to create their unique style. Then, it cycles back again with each party being inspired by each other in an ever changing process.
This year’s fall and winter trends are Dark Romance, Baroque, 70s, Scottish Highlands, and Boy Meets World. What does that mean?
- Dark Romance: gothic vampires with red and black, lace, velvet, and dark jewel tones
- Baroque: Renaissance embroidered prints and patterns, gold details, and quilted patterns
- 70s: Geometric oversized prints, patterned suits, belted coats, and contrast collars
- Scottish Highlands: Countryside chic with checks and plaid, lots of warm neutrals like beige and browns
- Boy Meets World: menswear inspired looks with slouchy pants, button down shirts, and boyfriend blazers
Next year’s fall and winter trends are Rocker, Boudoir, Pro Sport, and Folkloric.
- Rocker: sophisticated 90′s grunge with plaid and small florals, embellished with spikes and zippers
- Boudoir: Old Hollywood glamour, Victorian and French Classical inspiration with brocade, jacquard, silk, and velvet
- Pro Sport: Motorcross inspiration with slim silhouettes, bright pops of color, and athletic sport fabrics
- Folkloric: 60s and 70s bohemian style with tapestry and patchwork patterns in sleek silhouettes
When you look at trends long enough, you realize that there are only subtle changes between years. There are some things that are highlighted more than others, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely change your wardrobe every season! In fact, you can wear the same wardrobe year to year, just updating yourself with a few accessories or styling options. Sometimes, the only thing you need to stay relevant is to pair your clothes in unexpected ways and that’s what trends do.
I look at trends for new ideas on how to wear old clothes or DIY opportunities to make something look new when it’s not. Usually, I shy away from trends, but I do acknowledge that they provide a lot of inspiration for my outfits. With this upcoming season, I’m loving the Scottish Highlands and Boy Meets World styles. You don’t have to follow trends to be stylish, but it helps to have a bit of guidance along the way.
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