The Nordic countries are making a mark on the fashion industry globally, as is evident after the immensely successful Copenhagen Fashion Week and now, the recently concluded Stockholm Fashion Week.
A fairly new affair as compared to its counterparts in France, New York, London and Milan, Stockholm Fashion Week started in the year 2005 and showcased its Spring/Summer 2019 edition from 28th to 30th August this year. It is one of the leading fashion weeks in Northern Europe where several old and new brands present their collections to the press, buyers and influencers from across the earth.
According to the studies done by statistica.com, revenue in the fashion segment of Sweden amounts to US $ 3,305 million in 2018 and is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2018-2022) of 8.8 per cent, giving an edge to the luxury, online and retail sectors of the industry.
The season did see a noticeable downfall among the participating brands like Acne, which is going to showcase its collection in Paris, along with several other influential brands such as Hope and House of Dagmar. This boils down to the fact that the Swedish capital is struggling to establish itself as the hub for Scandi fashion due to the increased competition as there are three other Fashion Weeks now taking place in the region, in Copenhagen, Oslo and Helsinki.
From extremely short lengths to bold colour explorations, this season was all about the complementary play of prints, subtle earthy tones, and bright neons and light breezy fabrics like sheers. Here is our edit on the Stockholm Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 trends.
Shorts for all
As it has been established across the globe that shorter lengths are definitely going to line the hangers of the Spring 2019 trends, short shorts were a hot hit at the Stockholm Fashion Week.
Shorts were indeed for all – whether adorned by men or women, tall or short, light fabrics or heavy drapes, accessorised with chunky belts and corsets. Varying from extremely meagre lengths to Bermuda versions, shorts were coordinated with almost every ensemble – whether an easy-breezy summer one or a contrasting Fall look that included long outerwear paired with short inside garments.
Crotch hugging silhouette was a popular trend when it came to these small length bottomwear keeping in line with the androgynous trend almost every fashion week seems to be following.
Making its mark in yet another fashion season, sheers were a hit for the fashion week but with a twist – these sheers were slammed with heavy prints and bright colours, steering away from the conventional black, white or pastels they are usually seen in.
Sheers were also used to style comparably opaque attires as value addition details such as ruffles and gathers. Surface embellishments and embroidery were other common traits of this trend. Differently coloured sheers were placed together to form mix-match looks too.
A hearty confluence of brightly coordinated prints was evident this season that individually stood out as the models flaunted them. Not just limited to a pair of differently printed upper and lower sets, these prints were now a part of the single garment creating contrasts in the vertical or horizontal plains.
Distinguished by different colours, motifs, or entire patterns itself – they were present on different fabrics too. Animal prints with florals, stripes with tropical were distinctive of this trend.
Despite the abundance of colours, the nude earthy tones still showed up on the ramps, especially in mellow yellow, off-whites and mud tones.
These colours found place in bottomwear, tops, flounce blouse, minimalist pants, gender fluid jumpsuits and rompers and even exaggerated silhouette gowns.
These earthy tones were mostly showcased over select outerwear pieces.
The Stockholm Fashion Week was profusely saturated with colours, giving a pleasant break from the usual nude tones and pastel hues. Juxtaposed over different fabrics, right from sheers to rexine and fur, these colours were mixed and matched together either panel by panel on a single garment or, by enveloping big-silhouetted coordinated sets with minimal prints.
Popping neons, darker blue hues, different tones of bright reds stood out the most this season. Even sequins used this season had colours that instantly grabbed the eyes as brilliant blues and pinks shining together over fabrics.
All Over Coordinated
Coordinated sets, especially in AOP, a.k.a. All Over Print stole this Spring/Summer 2019 season. On the aesthetics side, these varied from shiny metallic prints to popping neons and sequins while also giving a fair share to the minimal styles including subtle floral prints and embroidered motifs.
Being distinguished in their structure, these either highlighted large and oversized silhouettes with power shoulders and exaggerated sleeves or were figure-accentuating gender fluid forms.
Going All Out(erwear)
Outerwear will be the trend of Spring 2019, despite its usual characteristic of belonging to the Fall season as was evident from the ramps of Stockholm where models glided flaunting outerwear in variable lengths and fabrics.
These coats and shrugs were worn with versatile outfits ranging from sheer dresses to business casuals in different fabrics like the heavyweight fur and felt and barely there sheers, transparent PU, and homely cotton fabrics.
The designers were not shy to experiment with colours for these outerwear too – from whites and nudes to yellow, paisley prints and eye piercing reds.