The Spring / Summer season is already here and we are getting this bohemian 70s vibe all over.
Take a look at our favorite runway trends. There is a bit for every taste and we are sure these will become a must in your closet’s essentials this year.
1. Go Short: The Crop Pant
Looks like the crop pant officially made it back to the runway. A big hurray for those who love the comfy and fresh style, specially for the office.
This was by far, the most popular trend featured by designers such as Adam Lippes, Band of Outsiders, Alice + Olivia, Anthony Vaccarello, BCBG Max Azria, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Comme Des Garçons, Donna Karan, Dsquared2, Emporio Armani, Tory Burch, Isabel Marant, Issa, J. Crew, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, McQ Alexander McQueen, Michael Kors, Kate Spade New York, MM6 Maison Margiela, 3.1 Philip Lim, Tempreley London, Versace and many more.
Make sure to combine it with a nice crop top, wide cut top or matching blazer and you are good to go!
2. Go Short: The Crop Top
Oh la la! For those who love to show some belly buttons and six packs, this is the stylish way to do it. Crop tops were everywhere this season in all colors and creative silhouettes: wide, fitted, mini, wrapped, etc.
Some of the most tempting alternatives were presented by 3.1 Philip Lim, Alexandre Vauthier, Balenciaga, Antonio Berardi, Badgley Mischka, Balmain, Barbara Bui, Carolina Herrera, Chloé, Christian Siriano, Custo Barcelona, Delpozo, Diane von Furstenberg, Diesel Black Gold, DKNY, Donna Karan, Dsquared2, Erdem, House of Holland, Issa, Jill Stuart, Kate Spade New York, Lela Rose, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Nicole Miller, Oscar de la Renta, Pamela Rolland, Reem Acra, Tadashi Shoji, Rag & Bone, Versace and ZAC by Zac Posen, among others.
You won’t miss if you match your crop top with some wide pants or a full midi or maxi skirt, as suggested by some of the most noteworthy looks on the runway.
3. Go Wide: Wide Leg Pants, Flare Pants & Culottes
Don’t go nostalgic about those cute skinnies you used to love, they haven’t entirely disappeared. But this is the time to embrace the 70’s because wide leg cuts and flare cuts are the must this season. Wide pants covered the runway with very fresh colors and inspiring materials such as leather, laser cut fabrics and mixed textiles.
Some notable examples were shown by A Jour le Jour, Acne Studios, Adam Lippes, Akris, Alberta Ferreti, Alice + Olivia, AWAKE, BCBG Max Azria, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, Celine, Coach, Chloé, Comme des Garçons, Donna Karan, Delpozo, Derek Lam, Diane von Furstenberg, Dries van Noten, Dsquared2, Emilio Pucci, Emporio Armani, Escada, Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Hermès, Issa, J. Crew, Jason Wu, Jill Stuart, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, McQ Alexander McQueen, MM6 Maison Margiela, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Pamella Rolland, 3.1 Philip Lim, Rachel Zoe, Rag & Bone, Temperley London, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Versace, Viktor & Rolf and ZAC by Zac Posen.
The alternatives shown were very loose fitted for a cozy feeling, and were suggested for street style or 9 to 5 outfits alike. For those petite girls, go for the high-waist pants to flatter your figure.
4. Go Wide: Wide Cut Tops and Sleeves
This trend makes us think just one word: “Ahhh…” (For comfy! If you know what we mean). From tops to dresses and outerwear, wide cut sleeves such as kimono, dolman, bell and straight were dominant. Likewise, oversized or wide cut tops made us want to snug into those comfy looks.
Designers such as Adidas by Stella McCartney, Alberta Ferreti, Alexander Wang, Nina Ricci, Anthony Vaccarello, AWAKE, Badgley Mischka, Band of Outsiders, Barbara Bui, BCBG Max Azria, Blumarine, Boss, Carolina Herrera, Céline, Chloé, Christian Siriano, Delpozo, DKNY, Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, Dsquared2, Elie Saab, Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani, Hermès, Isabel Marant, Issa, J. Crew, J. Mendel, Kate Spade New York, Lacoste, Lela Rose, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, McQ by Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Red Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Tadashi Shoji and ZAC by Zac Posen embraced this trend.
You can go all wide (top and pants) for an entirely loose fitted look or a combination of wide cut top and fitted bottom (such as a pencil skirt, skinnies or a waisted full skirt) to accentuate your figure and create the sense of curves.
5. Fab Light Outerwear
Great for a rainy or windy day, we saw a wide variety of light outerwear. Mostly kimonos, long blazers, light coats and trenches.
Designers such as A Detacher, Acne Studios, Adam Lippes, Akris, Alexander McQueen, Alexis Mabille, Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Anthony Vaccarello, Band of Outsiders, Balenciaga, Balmain, Barbara Bui, Dries van Noten, Bottega Veneta, Cacharel, Carolina Herrera, Christian Dior, Custo Barcelona, Delpozo, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, Dsquared2, Emilio Pucci, Emporio Armani, Escada, Givenchy, Gucci, Hermès, J. Crew, J. Mendel, Jason Wu, Kenzo, Lanvin, Maison Margiela, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Red Valentino, Monique Lhuillier, Mulberry, Nicolle Miller, Pamella Roland, Oscar de la Renta, Rag & Bone, Roberto Cavalli, Stella McCartney, Temperley London, Topshop Unique, Tory Burch, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood and Zimmermann enlightened us with lovely inspirations.
We specially loved the creative embroidery and colorful prints suggested for this season. So, go bold!
We felt in wonderland each time we saw the intricate embroidery on dresses, maxi skirts and tops.
From flowers to bohemian or abstract patterns the runway was filled with sensuality, fantasy and ethereal beauty.
Most of the designers opted for intricate monochromatic (nevertheless bright) patterns such as the ones offered by Alberta Ferreti, Antonio Berardi, Badgley Mischka, BCBG Max Azria, Blumarine, J. Mendel, Chloé, Christian Siriano, Dolce & Gabbana, Erdem, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Oscar de la Renta, Rachel Zoe, Reem Acra, Tadshi Shoji, Temperley London, Valentino and Zimmerman.
Also some very colorful and mostly floral alternatives were presented by Alberta Ferreti, Alice + Olivia, Antonio Berardi, Blumarine, Chanel, Delpozo, Dolce and Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Erdem, Luisa Beccaria, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Naeem Khan, Valentino, ZAC by Zac Posen and Zuhair Murad.
Bright colors, saturation and super sized prints were the preference and the most noteworthy examples were shown by Acne Studios, Adam Lippes, Alberta Ferreti, Alexander McQueen, Alice + Olivia, Altuzarra, Antonio Berardi, Badgley Mischka, BCBG Max Azria, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Elie Saab, Escada, Fendi, Juicy Coture, Kate Spade New York, Lela Rose, Jean Paul Gaultier, Luisa Beccaria, Maison Margiela, Monique Lhuillier, Mulberry, Marchesa Voyage, Naeem Khan, Nicole Miller, Nina Ricci, Oscar de la Renta, Pamella Roland, Prabal Gurung, Ralph Lauren, Red Valentino, Sacai, Tadashi Shoji, Valentino, Vera Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, ZAC by Zac Posen, Zimmerman and Zuhair Murad, among many others.
So make a statement with a floral dress, skirt, set, light kimono or blazer and you’ll be the sensation!
8. Fringes & Unfinished Hem
Another 70s trend that is back: Fringes! And this time you can wear them all over! From tops to shoes to complete that boho style.
Moreover, unfinished hems were the perfect detail to add elegance and minimal feeling to garments.
Some of the most interesting choices in the case of fringes were given to us by Altuzarra, Alberta Ferreti, Céline, Erdem, Christian Siriano, Costume National, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Emilio Pucci, Nina Ricci, Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Isabel Marant, Issa, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marchesa Voyage, Marchesa, MM6 Maison Margiela, Proenza Schouler, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford, Tory Burch and Vera Wang.
Furthermore, designers such as Erdem, Isabel Marant, Nina Ricci, Prada, Rachel Zoe and Roberto Cavalli captivated us with their unfinished hem pieces.
9. The Bohemian Dress
You can’t entirely embrace the 70s vibe without a bohemian dress.
Apply some of the trends mentioned before (embroidery, sheers, florals or wide sleeves), add that long, relaxed and flowing silhouette and you are part of the movement sister!
We saw these dresses mostly in white, black or neutral colors, and our favorite ensembles were the ones offered by Alberta Ferreti, BCBG Max Azria, Blumarine, Chloé, Delpozo, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Saab, Emilio Pucci, Erdem, Louis Vuitton, Marchesa, Red Valentino, Tadashi Shoji, Temperly London, Valentino and Zuhair Murad.
10. Gingham, Checkered & Windowpane
Goodbye plaid and hello symmetrical checks! The favorite patterns this season where gingham, big checks, and windopane. Very much for a picnic style right? Surprisingly, most of the presented looks were suggested for casual, dressy and business casual outfits.
We loved the fresh, casual and elegant examples offered by Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenberg, Luisa Beccaria, Altuzarra, Michael Kors, Christian Dior, Comme des Garçons, Ralph Lauren, Bottea Veneta, Balmain, Proenza Schouler, Lela Rose, Loewe, Rachel Zoe, Temperley London, and Vivienne Westwood.
11. Suede for Spring
It’s been long since we’ve seen suede for spring seasons and it fits perfectly with the hippie chic style.
Aside from fringed pieces (let’s face it, suede and fringes were made for each other), we saw very inspiring ensembles featuring kimonos, short and pant sets in either vibrant or earthy tones.
Some of the most noteworthy examples were provided by fashion houses like Alberta Ferreti, Altuzarra, Balenciaga, Chanel, Loewe, Chloé, Gucci, Derek Lam, Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren, Maison Margiela, Costume National, Saint Laurent, Prada and Tommy Hilfiger.
12. Tied Up
Our favorite inspirations on the runway were the looks by Acne Studios, Alexandre Vauthier, Alexis Mabille, Altuzarra, BCBG Max Azria, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, Christian Dior, Christian Siriano, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Erdem, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Hermès, Herve Leger by Max Azria, Isabel Marant, Issa, J. Crew, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jill Stuart, Juicy Coture, Lela Rose, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Luisa Beccaria, Maison Margiela, Max Mara, 3.1 Philip Lim, Proenza Schouler, Rachel Zoe, Rebecca Minkoff, Red Valentino, Stella McCartney, Tadashi Shoji, Valentino, Viktor & Rolf, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, and Zimmerman.
Get your wavy mode on with the ruffle trend. You can go as bold as you want or just add a little ruffled detail to your outfit.
Several designers opted for the All Ruffle look such as Alexander McQueen, Emporio Armani, Erdem, Givenchy, Lanvin, Marchesa, Naeem Khan, Alice + Olivia, BCBG Max Azria, Prabal Gurung, Rachel Zoe, Valentino and Zimmerman; while others opted for ruffled details in tops, skirts, dresses and outerwear such as Alberta Ferreti, Antonio Berardi, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Christian Siriano, Chloé, Delpozo, Giambattista Valli, Isabel Marant, Issa, Kate Spade New York, Just Cavally, Louis Vuiton, Michael Kors, Nicole Miller, Rebecca Minkoff, Sacai, Stella McCartney, Topshop Unique and ZAC by Zac Posen.
14. Huge Pockets
If we are going wide, why not going huge? Yes! Big pockets (safari style) were widely seen among several collections. Sometimes just one big pocket, and other times all four!
Mostly in earthy toned and denim garments, our favorite choices were offered by Acne Studios, Alexis Mabille, Céline, Chanel, Chloé, Comme des Garçons, Delpozo, J. Crew, Jill Stuart, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Mulberry, Nina Ricci, Rag & Bone, Ralph Lauren, Sacai, Valentino, Victoria Beckham and Zimmerman.
A summer trend that never goes away! And this year is full of color and creative directionals to create a better sense of shape and movement.
Some of the most outstanding looks were suggested by Altuzarra, Alice + Olivia, Bally, Anthony Vacarello, Balmain, Band of Outsiders, Chanel, DKNY, Elie Saab, Emporio Armani, Giambattista Valli, Givenchy, J. Crew, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gill Stuart, Maison Margiela, Tory Burch, Max Mara, Naeem Khan, Nicole Miller, Nina Ricci, Rachel Zoe, 3.1 Philip Lim, Rebecca Minkoff, Red Valentino, Temperley London and Victoria Beckham.
16. Mixed Denim
Denim was reinvented for its great reappearance on the runway.
We were pleased to see mixed denim washes, mixed denim panels and denim mixed with entirely different textures!
Take a look at some of our favorite suggestions from Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Alberta Ferreti, J. Crew, Red Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Kenzo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tommy Hilfiger and go denim wild!
17. Matching Sets
For the boldest of heart we know one statement piece is not enough, that’s why you’ll be in for a treat when you know that matching sets are a big thing this season!
Shorts, Pants and Skirts matched with equal print tops were a sensation. Go with flower prints, gingham or stripe patterns and you’ll look fabulous.
Check out the incredible examples by Alice + Olivia, Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana, Kate Spade New York, Monique Lhuillier, Emilio Pucci, J. Crew, Lacoste, Max Mara, Diane von Furstenberg, Antonio Berardi, Red Valentino, Band of Outsiders and Victoria Beckham.
18. Leather for Summer
Yes! Leather is still in for this spring / summer, and of course who can resist it?
The twists: Summer colors (orange, pink, red, yellow, blue, brown, white, grey and green), mixed with lightweight fabrics (such as sheers) and used in summer pieces (such as crop tops or mini skirts).
Fashion houses like Acne Studios, Akris, Alexandre Vauthier, Altuzarra, Anthony Vacarello, Band of Outsiders, Boss, Calvin Klein, Christian Siriano, Coach, Derek Lam, Diesel Black Gold, Dsquared2, Fendi, Hermès, Isabel Marant, J. Crew, Loewe, Miu Miu, Moschino, Mulberry, Proenza Schouler, Roberto Cavalli, Tom Ford, Versace and Zimmerman featured the iconic material in mini skirts, crop pants, shorts, light outerwear, dresses and crop tops.
19. Light Metallics
The perfect form of party glamour was present in the runway with light metallic fabrics in gold, silver and copper tones.
Metallics just have a way to make any outfit elegant or festive chic.
Designers such as A Jour le Jour, Alexander McQueen, Alexis Mabille, Altuzarra, Barbara Bui, Chanel, Christian Siriano, Diesel Black Gold, DKNY, Dsquared2, Escada, Jason Wu, Jean Paul Gaultier, McQ Alexander McQueen, MM6 Maison Margiela, Moninque Lhuillier, Moschino, Pamela Roland, Roberto Cavalli, Topshop Unique and Versus Versace, among others, embellished the runway with some of the most dazzling alternatives.
20. Overalls, Jumpsuits & Rompers
Inspired from the industrial world and gone minimal and fashion-forward, the one piece outfits made a great statement this year.
Designers such as Balenciaga, Zuhair Murad, Derek Lam, Rachel Zoe, Elie Saab, BCBG Max Azria, Escada, Akris, Alice + Olivia, Alexis Mabille, Diane von Furstenberg, Band of Outsiders, Victoria Beckham, Juicy Couture, McQ Alexander McQueen, Tory Burch, Stella McCartney and Comme des Garçons amazed us with their elegant, minimal or bohemian approaches.
We couldn’t miss the preppy 70s style. Polos made a comeback not only for sporty looks but for casual and even dressy styles.
Very original approaches even combined with other trends (such as the wide cut or leather for spring) were suggested by designers such as A jour le Jour, Alberta Ferreti, Band of Outsiders, Alexander Wang, Chloé, Chanel, Rag & Bone, Diane von Furstenberg, Dsquared, Fendi, J. Crew, Topshop Unique, Lacoste (obviously!) and Tory Burch.
From extreme and asymmetrical to minimal and elegant inserts, sheers were also a statement in the runways.
Our favorite choices were presented by Alice + Olivia, Nina Ricci, Reem Acra, Roberto Cavalli, Tadashi Shoji, Topshop Unique, Adam Lippes, Alberta Ferreti, Akris, Alice + Olivia, Issa, Chanel, Barbara Bui, Erdem, McQ Alexander McQueen, Monique Lhuillier, Rag & Bone, and Alexandre Vauthier.
So go sexy but classy with a semi-sheer top, shift dress, maxi skirt or maxi dress.
Simplicity says it all when it comes to this trend.
We were totally awed by the minimal lines, yet very fashion-forward ensembles presented by designers such as Lanvin, Hermès, Kenzo, Balenciaga, BCBG Max Azria, Akris, Band of Outsiders, Fendi, Calvin Klein, Bally, Giambattista Valli, Valentino and Reem Acra that were also applied to other trends such as wide cuts, light outerwear and one piece outfits.
Very much like fringes, feathers give this great sensation of flow and movement that designers were emphasizing for this spring / summer season.
You can go all feathers for a dress or skirt very much like the designs presented by Erdem, Fendi, Victoria Beckham, Giambattista Vali and Isabel Marant or embelish your outfit with feather details here and there like the pieces presented by Oscar de la Renta, Pamella Roland and Prabal Gurung.
25. Waist Cutout
Cutouts have been on the runway for some seasons, but this year the loose fit waist cutout generated a great impact.
This cutout is extremely flattering for skinny figures that wish to create a sense of curves.
Check out some of the options presented by fashion houses such as Balmain, Alexandre Vauthier, Alice + Olivia, Céline, Barbara Bui, Philip Lim, DKNY, Roberto Cavalli and Rachel Zoe.
26. Net Effect
Netting textiles are very challenging to incorporate unless featured in sporty styles, nevertheless they made their way through the runway in a very glamorous and minimal approach.
Other options were provided by Alexander Wang, Escada, Alexander McQueen, Christian Siriano, Zimmerman and Alexis Mabille, with a more fitted, see-through and yet subtle approach.
A very interesting trend also became alive on the runway: Stretchy, lightweight and almost moisture-wicking like fabrics with big letter prints used mostly for sports were translated into fashion-forward dresses, tops and outerwear (such as bomber jackets and sweatshirts).
This is the perfect form of timeless elegance. Capes or capelike pieces gave us that minimal yet astonishing feeling for this spring / summer season.
These are perfect for every occasion (from street style to business casual to gala), you definitely can’t go wrong!
The Trending Palettes
Aside from the classic black and white ensembles we were pleased to see very nature-like, fresh and colorful hues, which caused the most impact among collections.
The favorite palettes this year were:
- Bright Red
- Baby Pink
- Bright Orange
- Baby Blue
- Olive Green
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*Cover Image Source: via Style (Zuhair Murad SS 15)