My very first article back in February of this year was on New York Fashion Week. It is one of my favorite weeks of the year. So much so I would personally consider it a week-long holiday. But since that is not the case for most of you, I wanted to share the works of art that were shown off through my own trend analysis now that the week wrapped up two weeks ago.
For those of you who are less familiar with fashion week, it is a week of runway shows that brings together designers, buyers, press, celebrities, models and the general public to exhibit trends for the following season. NYFW takes place twice a year, in February and September in New York City and they continue on in London, Paris and Milan during the following weeks. Designers including Anna Sui, J. Mendel, Rachel Zoe, Calvin Klein, Rebecca Minkoff and so on show off what they have been working on for months in 15 minutes or less.
Here are a few favorite spring 2015 trends
Trend #1: Radical Retro
Retro vibes were everywhere during fashion week. They always say that history repeats itself, but it’s happening in a big way right now. The ‘60s and ‘70s had a huge impact on design. Derek Lam and Proenza Schouler both gave us a blast from the past, incorporating impacts from both eras in their collections. These impacts include high-waited bottoms, swanky suede, fringe accents, and jumpsuits. As part of this same influence, we see sporty chic style becoming an every day trend.
Trend #2: Modern Military
Military influence has fully penetrated into fashion as we see more impressions of it on the runway when we look at trends for the spring. These impressions are as subtle as colors such as navy and white being colors acceptable to wear year-round, to a more noticeable inspiration in silhouettes like those we see in Peter Som’s looks. We also see more literal and noticeable military-inspired looks in Jason Wu and Calvin Klein’s collections. Their collections are a perfect definition of sporty chic; where fashion and comfort meet and make the best of friends. To go hand in hand with this trend, we saw sneakers galore on the runway.
Trend #3: Feminine Florals and Pretty Pastels
BCBG Max Azria
Although these both are trends that have become repetitive, they are here to stay for a while. Desigual impressed us again with a playful show full of color, elaborate geometric prints, and almost origami-like designs. Christian Lacroix, the mastermind behind Desigual, was inspired by the intricate details of many kinds of flowers. If two words could summarize their show it would be “African summer”. BCBG Max Azria used draping, layering, and a unique dyeing process in their pastel looks. They also used beautiful loose lines, which we saw frequently on the runway.
Check out my other fashion week article, Fashion Recap: MBFW’s Best and Worst of the Best