Autumn/Winter ’19 Trends
Fashion Weeks are Over, Now Let’s See Which Autumn/Winter 19-20 Trends We Will Be Following the Upcoming Season
Fashion Week is finally over, and everyone can breathe easy – now it’s time
This season Fashion Week became surprisingly inclusive and continued to popularise the women’s excellence, celebrating swiftly gaining momentum #MeToo movement that stands for women’s rights and equality. Inclusivity takes over runway and reflects the current state of affairs happening in society: now you can see the variety of body types on the catwalk; age borders are erasing, and it’s getting usual to see a 50-year-old model looking like a goddess on the catwalk; the amount of black models is growing exponentially, and if earlier it was a tiny amount of girls with dark skin hitting the industry, now dark skin models turn into a prevalent number of the whole cast chosen for the show. Tommy Hilfiger’s collection became a leader which gathered all of these issues together in one spectacular runway show presented during Paris Fashion Week.
Anyway, let’s leave aside the global fashion world’s problems that are going to be endured with significant changes in the nearest future, and let’s pay attention to what next fashion season prepared for us.
It seems like all designers went crazy for leather clothes flooded runway as an enormous amount of people flooded a Yeezy store to purchase new Kanye West collection of boots. Coats and jackets, shirts and dresses, trousers and jumpsuits – designers suggested the whole range of styles and textures, calling out not to be afraid to mix together different types of leather in one total-look. The classic smooth texture as David Koma, Salvatore Ferragamo and Ermanno Scervino, polished and glossy as Fendi’s colourful coat and Balmain’s rompers, stamping and laser cut as you can see at Bottega Veneta bold look, stitches and metallic effects – experiments are on the way. Don’t be scared to play with colours: bright yellow, noble burgundy, classic black and quiet pastels – autumn is gonna be beautiful.
Global movement for gender equality transformed into fashion trend for unisex suits. Whether you’re going to work or university or you’re invited to spend a good time at the party – a suit is the best way to stand out. If you go out, forget about classic white shirts, pair it with metallic blouses like Helmut Lang, transparent silky tops as Zadig & Voltaire and The Row; style your office wardrobe with a black satin shirt as Balenciaga and pastel coloured turtleneck as Boss did. There’s no place for bright colours, give the preference to grey, beige, brown and dark-blue, style your office game with outstanding accessories.
Oversize is back. The autumn/winter season suggests bringing back your cocoon coats, volumed jackets, and one size larger hoodies and sweatshirts. There’s another manifestation of gender equality: women don’t need to wear body slinky clothes to feel and look sexy. Sorry, sexiness is out of favour these days; freedom – it is, so don’t be shy to cover up yourself with comfortable and relaxed clothes. Take a look at bold checked Burberry coats, Balmain grunge style studded jackets, floral printed Valentino and belted Stella McCartney coats, play with forms and fabrics, but don’t tighten your waste too firmly – it’s all about freedom, and your body deserves it.
Oh my Gosh, just look at this shoulder shape! Look at it again and celebrate the comeback of the disco era. Bold silhouette by The Blond, sharp shapes at Fendi, seamed outline as presented at Givenchy, and an iconic Saint Laurent smoking as it came out from the noir films. Say goodbye to the ’90 because this season is about sophistication that found its revival in contemporary forms and bold decisions. The nostalgia about past era doesn’t let designers free, so I may suppose this trend will remain with us for a long time and teach a history lesson of how our mothers dressed up in the days of their youths. This is a vivid example of fashion being cycled and repetitive from time to time.
If you were attentive on what was happening on the runway, you couldn’t possibly not to pay attention to a large number of styles with puffy sleeves. This is a tribute to said ’80 era when the volume sleeves were an ultimate element of the outfits of those time. Heavy outerwear, silky blouses and shirts, airy romantic dresses – sleeves are the dominant and the most outstanding part of every piece. Find your inspiration from Gucci’s bright blue shirt with a necktie, admire the Anakiki wave shaped jacket, and stay bold with Givenchy puffed bolero cloud to highlight with classic blue jeans and simple white t-shirt. Keep it chic, beauty.
If you wonder what is a prime colour of the new season, the answer is beige. On the runway, beige was everywhere: MaxMara included it in its oversized coats and elegant dresses, iconic Burberry trench-coats brightened up the show with audacious shapes and architectural cuts, №21 presented elegant beaded embroidery on their silky dresses, new minimalistic silhouettes predominated at Valentino’s romantic collection. Camel, ivory, sand, tan, creamy, tortilla – include these variations of beige shades in your vocabulary and hurry up to go shopping – it’s high time to conquer a new colour palette. Beige is a new black – this a slogan of the autumn, and we don’t really mind it.
The most romantic part of the whole Fashion Week took its place almost in every collection. Designer successfully played with different variations and forms, experimenting with floral theme: refined embroidery on Coach’s dresses, an architectural rose shaped miracle at Alexander McQueen, romantic flower placers at Giambattista Valli, Michael Kors and Givenchy, large rose prints at Prada, Zimmermann and Blumarine, and patterned colourful coats at Oscar de la Renta. Bye-bye, tomboy style, it’s time for girly little tea dresses and dreamy chiffon blouses.
This trend doesn’t shift its strong position already for the third season straight. Fashionista already knows that it’s not necessary to dress up as a whole zoo itself to stay trendy – it’s enough to highlight your look with one distinctive piece to seem 100% fashionable. But this autumn designers don’t really bend this conventional line: just look at MaxMara’s total tiger look or Dennis Basso from head to toe leopard print style. My decision remains unambiguous – keep your whole look simple and clean, yet pick one outstanding element either leopard skirt Blumarine’s, or Andrew Gn’s zebra printed coat, or Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini’s chiffon blouse to stay pretty on fleek.
Over the Knee Boots
It seemed like the trend of high boots came to its end unfortunately to all these shoe style lovers, but I need to please – over the knee boots still on its top. Python skin, polished, ruffled leather, fur hem – the variation of choice and colours (just check MaxMara colour palettes of sapphire blue, canary and turquoise, and die from an aesthetic pleasure) is vast as much as the length of the bootleg: slightly over the knee (Isabel Marant and Roberto Cavalli), half thigh (Ermanno Scervino) or super high and bold (Blumarine).
Despite the comeback of the oversize clothes, fitted jackets were noticed in most of the autumn/winter collections. Cinched with the belt as Versace and Michael Kors, biker jacket styled on the chest as Proenza Schouler, bold as Alexander McQueen, and loose and comfortable yet feminine as Jil Sander and Prabal Gurung. Only you decide what to choose, but if you do, you won’t fail.
The celebration of femininity still goes on. Now it’s time for frills which grew into such a tender leitmotif of the new season. Alexander McQueen and Mary Katrantzou presented their vision of tenderness in their fairy dresses, David Koma, Prabal Gurung and Antonio Marras made it daring and refined, Alberta Ferretti created classic and chic frilled sweaters, and Louis Vuitton showcased its romantic part with a patterned face framed blouses. Don’t be afraid to seem flippant – the frills have never been so distinct, and you can wear it wherever you go, whether it’s office, home party, or a romantic date.