Fall is fast approaching and it is unlike any season in recent history. Never has a collection been created and then launched at such contrasting times. The collections were created pre-COVID.. They were heavy however with the concerns over climate change.. Climate change who you may ask? As COVID has pretty much taken over every part of our thinking.
I have always been a firm believer that the runways may predict as many trends as they may well like.. It is ultimately the consumers decision that will dictate high street fashion, and what the likes of Zara and Mango will actually stock. So, let’s get started!
The Comfort Slouch
Long before quarantine, we were questioning the pace of our lives, and whether or not it was actually sustainable.. This gave rise to a variety of relaxed looks on the runway. Fall/Winter is also quite adaptive to this sort of look with the variety of layers it has to offer. Baggy trousers, with soft baggy tops, all begging for a chance to be worn, for a slowing down of our way of life. Little did we know…
Poufy sleeves and cinched waists are yet another strong runway trend. There was a certain softness to the look however. In the past this sort of look gave off whiffs of ‘I am invincible’, this season it was more, I am bold yet feminine. Whether you are opting for an exaggerated sleeve or generously gathered coat, it is important that there be a tapering at some point in order to show your true size, otherwise you may look like the Michelin Man.
The Cropped Jacket
The crop jacket has been missing from the runways for a few seasons, but it is determinedly back! Whether it is a shrunken outer jacket in leather or shearling or a cropped blazer, always aim to wear it with baggy pants or a loose fitting dress. And if you are wondering what top to wear under the jacket in the case of a pant, then the answer is, nothing of any importance. Consider the piece a base layer, merely worn for warmth and modesty.
Feels Like A Woman
There is a lot of respect this season for the hourglass silhouette. The waist is accentuated in almost all of the looks, whether it is oversized pants or bathrobe coats, the exaggerated proportions only adding emphasis to the hourglass silhouette that we all love. The flip side is also true as stated above in the exaggerated proportions section. If the hourglass isn’t highlighted in this sort of oversized look, it would be terribly unappealing, as my daughter calls it, man-repeller.
The Masculine / Feminine Tango
Many of the fashion brands this season flirted with the masculine / feminine dynamic. We saw beautiful silk dresses cut on the bias, matched to chunky military style boots, and menswear-inspired, oversized pantsuits cinched at the waist, and also matched to silk blouses and victorian lace. There was also a lot of creativity when it came to mixing and matching of fabrics, that also carried different characters. The powerful patent leather, matched to the bashful soft knit. The lady-like boucle blazer worn with a pair of thigh high boots, in a raunchy color, and of course the coquettish knit midi dress fabulously matched to the Bottega Wellington boots.
The Highs and Lows of Fashion
When working on your silhouettes, this is an interesting one to keep in mind. Create interesting contrasts by matching long coats to leather shorts, or a cropped jacket to loose pants that pool at the ankles. Like we’ve said before, there isn’t that much that is particularly new for fall, the play on classic trends is very enjoyable however, and will save you a buck or two.