Trend Report for 2015


the Hermès runway

Figuring out the year’s trending styles can be tricky business, especially when the S/S15 runway designers seem to be choosing things willy-nilly to put together. But, not to worry about feeling lost among the splendour and froth of this spring’s collections: this article will outline the season’s top trends as well as those for fall and winter.
It would be very difficult to reduce this year’s spring and summer trends to a few words; indeed, the S/S15 runways arced from signature spring styles of pastels and frothy lace to high contrasting hues and menswear-inspired office attire. However, soft silhouettes dominated the runways, as did menswear inspired pieces and denim. Designers who stuck with the more classical spring styles include Oscar de la Renta, who showcased matching gingham sets, Chloé, who’s models strutted in sheer- and lace-accented pieces, and Stella McCartney, in billowing pantsuits, skirts, and dresses. The two latter designers also featured multiple full-denim outfits. Louis Vuitton, while every outfit in the collection featured exorbitant amounts of pointelle, focused on strong contrasts including black, white, and oxblood. Menswear and office attire seemed to have its moment in the limelight, as Chanel, Miu Miu, and Hermès — among others — showcased their versions. Chanel, as it has grown to be under the influence of designer Karl Lagerfeld, was a bit over-the-top in its use of bright tweeds and clashing patterns. Miu Miu, Hermès, and others focused more on sleek and polished looks, many of which relied on the use of whites and off whites as the centre for the collection. ss15 Wear it Your Way: following suite from Hermès and Stella McCartney, wear all white for a polished ensemble perfect for warm spring days. Try a white culotte paired with a lightweight cream sweater and white loafers to add in a touch of menswear. Not feeling up to an all white look? Pair an A-line denim skirt with a high-necked pointelle top à la Louis Vuitton and laced up sandals.

Unlike the mishmash of styles on the spring and summer runways, the collections found at the F/W15 shows tended to compliment each other as well as pull inspiration from the earlier S/S15 collections. Once again, menswear inspired pieces were prominently featured in shows by Chloé and Derek Lam. However, perhaps the most eminent style throughout all the shows was the return of retro styles. As the fashion website Man Repeller says, “The Seventies have been vehemently revived on the runways.” In many cases, the catwalks teemed with suede, fringe, flared pants, or all of the above. Burberry, Karen Walker, and Rosetta Getty were among the many designers who opted for warm earthen tones in their collections. fw15 Wear it Your Way: pair wide-leg trousers with a turtleneck sweater, both in warm earthy browns and reds, and top with shearling jacket for a straight-from-the-seventies look. If you’d rather stick to a less obviously retro style, opt for a skinny flare jean and heavy knit sweater with a long wool jacket.

Hopefully you are now feeling like a pro about this year’s trends. Follow the Wear it Your Way suggestions or mix and match yourself to achieve a prefect and trendy ensemble.

What did you guys think of this trend report? Was it helpful? Do you want to see more posts like this? Sound off in the comments on these subjects and let me know what your favourite trend this year is!


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