Get ready for Fall Fashion 2015 – It’s full of unexpected themes from the past! See the biggest trends across the New York, London, Milan and Paris shows.
What does Fall Fashion 2015 look like? How about a blast from 40 years past! And 70 years back. How about 600 years back. You’ll find it all this fall.
Let’s begin with the ‘70’s – but this time without platform shoes!
Okay, so the ’70s as a trend certainly isn’t a completely novel idea. The big surprise was that every city embraced it with the same enthusiasm. London was an exciting mix of everything from the ’60s through to the ’90s, but the Me Decade was the clearly the overwhelming winner of the season.
Surprise your eyes – scroll through!
1. ’70’s COLORS – Earthy!
This fall centers around earthy and natural shades which were popular in the ’70s, including burnt oranges, olive greens and browns. In other words, fall colors!
Welcome back Easy Rider! But really, lets give credit to the Native Americans for starting the whole fringe thing. Fringe served as a type of gutter that repelled rainwater from the wearer. And Fringe first became a fashion favorite in the 1920s.Thank you flappers!
From Renoir to Freddy Mercury. Bohemianism lives on! The unconventional bohemian lifestyle was tapped again and again, and made for some of the season’s most fun, colorful looks. Let’s go Boho!
4. WHITE POLO NECK
They started in the 15th century and became synonymous the preppy look in the 1950’s. Interestingly, the look originally stood for “neat and tidy” – almost the polar opposite of the bohemian garb. But any way you look at it – the white turtleneck is back! And yes – it does go with everything!
Look, it was bound to happen – the “role swap.” Now athletic clothing goes totally beyond function and into a full-fledged fashion frocks!
Forget the 1970’s. Think Renaissance. Or France’s Henry III. How about the first five Presidents of the United States, from George Washington through James Monroe. They all wore culottes. Now that you know where culottes came from – have a peek into where they’re going!
6. VICTORIAN DETAIL
Victorian-inspired, high-neck blouses were especially popular, arguably influenced by the Met’s “Death Becomes Her,” an exhibit referenced by various designers.
7. PUSSY BOWS – AKA, PUSSY CAT BOWS
“Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?” Let’s start with 1800’s and Omar Kiam. Move to 1934 when the St. Petersburg Times offered a pattern for an Anne Adams dress featuring a convertible collar which could be worn in four different ways, including as “an intriguingly feminine pussy cat bow tied high under your chin.” Forward to 1947 where pussy cat bows were part of the look inspired by Gibson Girls. In the ‘60’s it was popular with designers such as Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent.
The Fall 2015 version, a classic workplace favorite, shows this unfortunately-named trend can actually work just about anywhere.
8. FUR COLLARS
Here, we go back to the caveman. You know, keep warm, stay alive. Whether real or faux, it looks, and feels, great. Being an animal lover, I’d go faux.
The original dusters were full-length light-colored canvas or linen coats worn by horsemen to protect their clothing from trail dust. Remember the “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” and “Once Upon a Time in the West?” Dusters everywhere. Now in the hands of inspired designers, dusters can take you far down the fashion trail!
How far do capes go back? Try medieval Europe. But they keep coming back time and time again. From nineteenth-century Roman Catholic clergy to modern day military units. This year,
there are as many variations as there are designers.
11. RIBBED KNITS
The Italians have been making ribbed knits forever. Of course, they’re warm and stylish.
This Fall’s versions are often layered, loose-fitting projecting a comfortable and slouchy feeling. Interestingly, celebrities including Julia Roberts, Winona Ryder, Dakota Fanning, and Cameron Diaz have been seen knitting and have helped to popularize the revival of the craft. It’s a great stress buster and perfect antidote to the onslaught of technology in our lives.
12. WINDOWPANE CHECK
Bold, beautiful, bewitching. Designers love working with these stylish squares. Try it – you’ll love the graphic appeal!
When discussing the trends of the fall 2015 season, one only needs to refer to two things: there was the ’70s, and then there was the cold.
We might as well just end it right there — because that is, really, all you need to know. Basically every big trend revolved around these two categories. We understand the focus on warmth — we saw some record-breaking winter temperatures this year, so why not start protecting against the freeze in the chicest manner possible? Designers seemed to all wonder the same thing: what’s the best way to keep my customer both warm and fabulous?
Meanwhile, the ’70s as a trend certainly isn’t a novel idea, though it was a surprise to see that every city embraced it with the same enthusiasm. London was an exciting mix of everything from the ’60s through to the ’90s, but the Me Decade was the overwhelming winner of the season.