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As always, the end of summer brings with it the inevitable forecasting of fall’s biggest trends, and while it’s still too early to tell which styles the masses will really take to, there were a handful of strong recurring looks that emerged with a vengeance from the season’s high-fashion runways.
While a few fall 2015 trends are riffs on seasons past (oversized overcoats, miniskirts), others definitely feel shiny and new (quirky grandma-inspired looks, interior design prints.)
Overall, the biggest trend of the season is wearability. Nearly every designer presented fall collections than not only felt very right now, but also noticeably realistic. (Translation: Not impossible to pull off if walking a runway isn’t your day job.)
Below, we’ve highlighted the 12 trends for Fall 2015 that we’re most excited about. Take a look and let us know what you’re looking forward to wearing next season!
Young designers like Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and MSGM’s Massimo Giorgetti managed to make this sleeveless knit a potential staple in every cool girl’s arsenal for Fall 2015, pairing it with everything from retro pussy bow blouses and swishy metallic skirts to standard button-downs and slim cropped trousers.
Late 1960s and early ’70s boho was inarguably the season’s biggest overarching trend, with dozens of designers—from Burberry to Zimmermann—riffing on classic 1970s shapes and fabrics including bell sleeves, flared jeans, fringe, wide-leg pants, floppy hats, suede, and peasant dresses. If it was worn during Haight Ashbury’s heyday, you can bet it’ll be worn during Fall 2015.
Fall fashion got a serious injection of glitz thanks to the number of designers—including Rodarte and Jill Stuart—that showcased skirts, tops, blazers, and dresses fashioned in flashy, fun colored sequins. Think the look is too Vegas for every day? Take a cue from J.Crew and pair jazzy separates with pared-down basics like denim and wool.
Typically reserved for brides and Sofia Vergara, the mermaid silhouette got a serious makeunder for fall, with labels like Louis Vuitton and Mary Katrantzou reining in its inherent formality with fitted skirts that had just a hint of flounce at the hem, and pairing them with flat-knit sweaters and simple tops.From left: Miu Miu; Gucci; Maison Margiela
Thanks to cool young labels like Gucci and Miu Miu, raiding grandma’s attic might be the activity for Fall 2015. Mixed retro prints, high-neck blouses, shrunken knits, loafers, and longline coats are all back in a big way—when piled on together. Don’t worry about looking
crazy quirky—that’s the point.
From left: Marni, Simone Rocha, Tory Burch
From brocade to chinoiserie, designers like Tory Burch and Erdem are taking cues from interior design, choosing luxe textured fabrics and patterns that might be more familiar on upholstery than dresses and jackets.
The season of bare legs might have passed, but hemlines are getting massively hiked up for fall thanks to designers like Saint Laurent and Carven. Test it out with ankle boots while its still Indian summer and once the chill kicks in, just add tights.
From left: Alexander McQueen; Pucci; Alberta Ferretti
Several designers tapped into the dark romance of the Victorian era, putting their own modern spin on high-neck ruffled blouses, lace, velvet, and tulle. To avoid looking like you’re testing out an early Halloween costume, we suggest sticking to one articulate piece, and keeping the rest of your outfit streamlined and modern.
From left: Lemaire; Tome; Michael Kors
Not merely a little loose, fall’s overcoats are drastically oversized, with dropped shoulders, extra-long cuffs, and gigantic lapels. While this silhouette isn’t new per se, designers like Michael Kors and Tome really ramped it up this season.
Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Chloé
It’s probably not a coincidence that fashion wasn’t shy about updating the dowdy pantsuit for fall—ahem, Hillary Clinton. Eschewing slim-cut, rocker styles in favor of, well, something a female presidential candidate might wear, thinking-women designers like Stella McCartney, Claire Waight Keller at Chloé, and Sonia Rykiel weren’t shy about bringing back the power suit.
From left: Altuzarra; Matthew Williamson; Cushnie et Ochs
Overall, fur—both real and faux—made a strong showing on fall runways in various forms, but it was the use of bold colors that really caught our eye. And while you might think the trend is entirely too glitzy, designers like Cushnie et Ochs, Altuzarra, Fendi, and Matthew Williamson have proven that there’s something decidedly modern and youthful about a statement-making colored fur piece.
From left: Rag & Bone; Loewe; Calvin Klein
Whether it was real or faux, several designers like Tome, Rag & Bone, Suno, Calvin Klein, and Edun created pieces in vinyl-like glossy leather, which we have a feeling will be a major retail trend, come fall.