As summer comes to a close and the heat slowly begins to die down, the fashion-forward crowd eagerly turns to new trends to fawn over. With designers releasing stunning designs on the runway like daring knits and unexpected colors, the next season’s styles can be easily predicted and are sure not to disappoint. Take a look at our forecast of what is to come, as judged by the runway.
The Underdogs Take Center Stage – Burgundy & Navy Blue
[Image by Alex Buntin, edited by SW]
Though the pair make a disastrous match together, these two are dynamic when alone. Both colors dominated New York City’s Fall/Winter 2012 Fashion Week earlier this year and are sure to equally overpower a fashionista’s closet this season. Despite the “underdog” persona both colors share, an overwhelming number of designers have embraced the shades and revolutionized them to fashion perfection. The legendary likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander Wang, and Christian Siriano have all chosen burgundy as the hero color for their models’ looks this season. The runway has featured a wide range of burgundy from a rusty, brick-like color to a bright, raspberry hue, revealing the shade’s adaptability and creative potentials. On the other hand, Marc Jacobs, DKNY, and several other coveted names took on the traditional, navy blue and spun it into an exciting fall favorite. Expect these two colors to face off in retail stores in the most chic of styles.
[Image by Victor Habbick]
Knee-high boots are back, and with a vengeance, too! Tall boots have always been a strong staple for any wardrobe. This trend is already hitting shoe stores, soon to replace the assortment of nude wedges (One of last season’s most significant styles!) on sale. Boots are good for jeans or leggings, can be worn with dresses or oversized coats, and are overall an easy way to help a fashionista look like a woman on a mission wherever they are worn to. Alexander Wang (along with Altuzarra and Tommy Hilfiger) featured knee-high boots quite prominently on the runway, a clear indicator they are here to stay. Though black is the most sought out color for a pair of these show stopping, knee–high masterpieces, feel free to experiment with other neutral shades, such as dark grey or even white (Explained later!).
[Image by Stuart Miles]
Remember that horrid sweater that was expected every year for Christmas? The one with embarrassing reindeer figures on it in an ugly shade of olive green that served as the gift that could not be given back, ever? Well, expect that sweater to make a comeback this season… just with an epic makeover. Yes, the time has come to actually embrace these otherwise bland, comfort clothes, thanks to the upgrade many designers such as J. Crew and Altuzarra have opted to give them. Anticipate these sweaters to make a statement in retail stores these next few months, whether in pop-out colors or with intricate embellishments certain to dazzle. A knit sweater of this caliber is perfect when matched with a plain-colored skirt, as featured by J. Crew, or take an oversized style and pair it with either skinny jeans or leggings for another elegant option.
An Unexpected Snow Storm of White this Season
[Image by Adamr]
Despite the taboo of wearing white after Labor Day, this cold season is guaranteed to have a very white-hot atmosphere. The unexpected pleasure of anticipating white is why it deserves its own glorified section, apart from its competitors, burgundy and navy blue. White is simply not the color to notice in a retail store late in the year, as it is a more refined shade for the happier times of early spring. The use of white, varying from paper-white to an almost creamy hue, is both daring and completely risky. However, seeing as how designers like Alexander Wang and Peter Som brilliantly and confidently showcase styles in head-to-toe white on the runway, how can the fashion-forward crowd turn away from optimistic change? Besides, in a time of usually dark colors and cold nights, what harm can a splash of bright white do? Trust the experts and look towards this season of unexpected trendiness with the utmost positivity.
[Feauture Image by Michal Marcol]