Bursting with creativity and fashion enthusiasm, FWNY’s biggest challenge was the February weather. Generating a noticeable uptick in the presence of commercial and casual retail brands, established retail veterans who traditionally spend their marketing dollars elsewhere (advertising campaigns, events, catalogs, promotions) are now channeling some of those budgets into runway shows.
We have selected our favorite trends from the 2015 Harper’s Bazaar NEW YORK SPRING 2015 RUNWAY REPORT.
Gingham all the things
Spring 2015’s darling print is gingham, but not just any gingham, the “grownup” version. It makes a transition from Easter Sunday to naughty Friday via a sophisticated makeover at the hand of designers Diane von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta who go “full gingham”. More moderately, Proenza Schouler and Trademark reinterpreted it according to their respective visions.
Throw on a Kimono
This Japanese classic gets schooled by the likes of Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, BCBG and Vera Wang into even more minimalism, as impossible as that may sound since the word “kimono” unpretentiously translates as “thing to wear”. Meanwhile, The Row brings homage to the classic kimono and Richard Chai veers it towards a jacket.
In the Army now
Everyone, get your militia mood on! The army jacket was already an institution, but thanks to Marc Jacobs and his no makeup (yes, you read me well) bowl-cut black wigs and Victoria Beckham’s uniform enthusiasm now the whole world is in agreement. Others that enrolled: Peter Som, Rag&Bone, Rodarte, Hugo Boss and Coach.
Suede is for softness
Designers were really into suede, as opposed to the stiffness of lester. They showed that on both head-to-toe workwear dresses and matching sets. Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren andTommy Hilfiger have presented some suede-tastic pieces.
And not because it’s peaceful there but because it’s the cross gender coat alternative / stand alone top that can make or break an otherwise banal outfit. Some vest aficionados this season: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Zero Maria Cornejo, Tory Burch, Tome and Ostwald Helgason.
Trending shoes for 2015
Flats, lots and lots of flats. city girl AND ballerina
Graphic beauties (where geometry meets futurism)
Gladiators but not just any gladiators, sexy gladiator
Mules, all kinds of mules
High platforms with high heels