With hundreds of shows in four cities, sifting through the new key fashion trends of the spring 2015 collections is a tall order. That’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you, with an overview of the key looks that made the biggest impact on the runways in New York, London, Paris and Milan. The pick of the season is retro ’70s revisited. Bohemian lace tops and midi length skirts were the season’s fresh silhouette propositions. Floral and stripes got big-time updates too. This season, there’s a trend for everyone.
A perennial spring favourite with designers, florals this season are big, bold, bright and a playful homage to the ’60s. Michael Kors and Alberta Ferretti really had fun with the trend, exploring new textures and ways to make floral wearable. Chanel got inspired with watercolour painting effects to enhance simple floral motifs, while Marni and Oscar de la Renta opted for 3D and floral appliqués.
Fringe was everywhere on the runways during fashion week, presented in a way we’re ready to wear without it feeling too costumey or Wild West. Whether it’s the frayed edges of an exotic suit (like those seen at DKNY) or a pencil skirt that will update the flapper trend, these fabulous pieces are a great way to add some movement without going overboard.
Horizontal stripes regularly pop up on the catwalk as a nautical nod to the Breton sailor stripes that Coco Chanel popularized. This time, the runways offered up an explosion of stripes in every direction and width — some even inspired by old prison uniforms. At Valentino, the designers showed dazzling rainbow zigzags; Missoni outfitted models in relaxed, candy-colored ensembles; at Altuzarra we saw casual separates cut creatively from black and white.
The quintessential bridal shade was trimmed with delicate laces for an airy, ethereal effect that’s all about classic femininity. Chloé gave us some edge by combining a structured garment with chic, lacey fabric, and Elie Saab proved the eternal elegance of white with lace bodices, pantsuits and feminine blouses.
One sweet, homespun trend we were happy to welcome back is gingham — in oversize, blown-out proportions and mixed with solids. You can wear this feminine print all season, and we’re especially gravitating towards pastel and red versions. This Altuzarra dress cuts it in all the right ways, and the late Oscar de la Renta went bold on the pattern for a picnic-fresh, 1940’s feel.
Every season has an ‘it’ colour, and the runways at Paris Fashion Week were awash in yellow. This version is softer, and typically paired with texture. A bright yellow popped on the Michael Kors runway, while Salvatore Ferragamo presented a shade of honey mixed with sunshine yellow to perk up your wardrobe.
Suede has morphed into a four-season staple, and proves to be the perfect transition piece. Unexpected on a spring runaway, this trend demonstrates its versatility with luxurious, easy-to-pull-off pieces in muted colors like Derek Lam’s lavender, mint and teal shades. The designer used topstitching to add to the authentic ’70s feel.
FIT TO BE DYED
With Woodstock’s 45th anniversary coming up this summer, fashion’s tie-dye revival was written in the stars. But the designers took the trend to another level, making it less hippie and more elegant. Emilio Pucci was on fire with his purple orange mix of floaty dresses, while Burberry Prorsum took a sophisticated approach with tonal ombré dip dyes.
Marni: Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images; Oscar de la Renta: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images; DVF: Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images; Alberta Ferretti: Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images; DKNY: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images; Missoni: Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images; Alberta Ferretti: Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images; Elie Saab: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; Gucci: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images; Derek Lam: JP Yim/Getty Images; Apu Jan: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images; Emilio Pucci : Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images