Thursday 25 April 2019

Culottes, Khaki and Checkers: Top five emerging trends from Fashion Month

Freya Drohan

Hundreds of designers have showcased their collections in New York, London, Milan and Paris. It's now time to see what trends are coming to the fore for the upcoming season.

Play on Proportion: Culottes

Culottes have been trending on the fashion circuit for several seasons, but they have certainly been reinterpreted for Spring/ Summer 2015.

At Elie Tahari, crisp white culottes were split to the knee, while at Elizabeth and James they were part of minimalist, tailored bandeau jumpsuits.

For those keen to experiment with textures, at Theory there were long suede taupe shorts paired with stiff white shirts, and at Adam Lippes, a thick leather version was accessorised with a satin tuxedo blazer.

Culottes were also spotted at Gucci, Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani


All White Everything

White? For spring summer? Hardly ground breaking. But lets take a closer look at the novel fabrics, shapes, and silhouettes.

Christian Siriano presented ice-hued feather skirts teamed with high neck crop tops, and ethereal white lace had its moment to shine at Cavalli and Oscar de la Renta,

The trendy duster coat also showed no sign of abating, popping up at Tibi and NoNoo, among others.

The pervasive white tuxedo dominated New York Fashion Week, taking centre stage at Escada, Zoe Jordan, Ralph Rucci, and Jill Stuart: Bianca Jagger would be proud.

My favourite all-white looks were the tailored, plunge neck jumpsuit at Porsche Design, caped blazers at Balmain and slim fitting pants at Honor that flared out from the knee.


Girly Gingham

It was almost as if we were being treated to an outdoor lunch at New York Fashion Week, thanks to the array of picnic-ready prints on display.

Oscar de la Renta and Karen Walker both showed looks comprised of checkered fabrics, in bubblegum pink and tawny brown respectively.

Joseph Altuzarra gave the sweet plaid print a sexy reinvention, thanks to thigh high splits and blazers worn as tops.

The same can be said for Diane Von Fustenberg, who sent Jessica Donaldson (of Victoria’s Secret fame) down the runway in a cleavage enhancing wrap dress, tied with a grosgrain ribbon.


Camel and Khaki

Two colours more typically associated with the autumn months, invest in these neutral hues now and reap the benefits for seasons to come.

Trench coats played an integral role at Victoria Beckham, where they were beautifully cut to hug the body, and at Theory, where they were louche and sleeveless.

Frida Giannini embraced caramel suede macs and earth tone sequin shifts for her most Gucci recent offering, while Michael Kors went with a safari-inspired array of khaki linen trousers and shirt dresses.

Marc Jacobs presented short shiny boiler suits in a rich green hue, a longer version of which was seen at Ralph Lauren.



From double denim to cowboy boots and neck scarves, it appears that designers were looking to the Star Spangled Banner for inspiration.

For his ‘Bohemian Spring’ collection, Tommy Hilfiger sent models down the runway is sequin striped maxis, chiffon-print star dresses, patch work denim and band-uniforms.

Gucci girls rocked sleeveless sweaters, chambray shirts, neck scarves and folksy printed tunics.

Even at Chloé, synonymous with simple Parisian chic, dungarees and were given star treatment.

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