by Anjori Grover Vasesi
09-April-2019 | 7 mins read
The shows have concluded, the reviews are out, the merchandise is all set for the grand debut, and the next thing to do is to put it all out there in one concise manner.
Let us take a peep at the key trends that are set to float the boat in Fall/Winter 2019.
Each season, certain references – either from a particular era, decade or political theme – come into the limelight, dictating the colour preferences, silhouettes and details, and fabric choices. But this time around, it was all a little over the place.
We saw a major influx of the ’80s – statement sleeves and retro metallics being revisited; a bit of the ’70s with the boho vibe and obsession with hats; the ’90s – and even the noughties ‘Street is King’ after all.
Confusing, distracting, we agree, but that’s why we analysed and debated the trends worth considering for the next season, hoping to demarcate the pool of opinions seen on the runways.
In the colour domain, purple, yellow and fiery orange are the three tones to consider, whilst beige and white pose as basics for various looks.
In the outerwear category, capes are back – strong, mysterious and bold – we saw bright pops of pink at Chanel, leopard prints at Marc Jacobs and patched floral tiles at ODLR. Outerwear as a whole is longline, reaching the ankles, whilst quilted jackets get a remake with interesting variations of the ‘quilting’ technique.
On the feminine front, we have super slinky satin slip dresses making a comeback, along with wearable day options such as blouses and blazers. Skin show is in – but in a suggestive way – asymmetrical off-shoulder necklines, slashed and sliced cut-outs as well as one way cold shoulders are big.
We are also taking a walk down the Renaissance period, with designers and brands revisiting square necklines, corsetry and sheer fabrics.
Read on to know our insights on key fashion themes, colours, silhouettes, fabrics and details for the Fall/Winter 2019 season.
The season where grazing the floor became passé.
Taking cue from the soaring popularity of ankle-length denim, ankle-grazing hems are the latest development in fashion. Dresses and skirts that skim the ankle are replacing midi-lengths and mini-lengths for the upcoming Fall/Winter season, as seen at Carolina Herrera, Alexander McQueen, Giambattista Valli and Brandon Maxwell.
Move over white, there’s another subtle in town.
As monochromatic and neutrals continue to become a rage amongst street style aficionados and the reign of #ParisianChic over Instagram, designers and brands reel in to feed the demand with this subdued shade.
Spotted as head-to-toe tone-on-tone looks at Jil Sander, Burberry and Max Mara, the colour was everywhere this season.
The bigwigs in fashion have successfully managed to steer out of public wrath by abandoning fur and at the same time, introducing novel iterations of the luxe fabric.
Texture imitating bear fur ‘teddy fabric’ is up on the rise especially under the outerwear category. Think coats, jackets and fluffy knits!
Additionally, as per Edited, there has been a 42 per cent increase in Teddy fabric apparel sell-outs since Fall 2017 – proof backed by data.
Animal-inspired print patterns continue their reign on the runways and street – with growth more than doubling across the board since Fall 2017.
Newness is injected via zebra and tiger stripes and cow hide prints for Fall 2019. Original tones are amped up with bold variations of neons and contrasts over midi-dresses, shoulder bags and bum bags, and belts to appeal the masses.
Advocated successfully by Saint Laurent, statement shoulders have reached power status. You would think that year-after-year comebacks would fade the style away, but quite surprisingly, the silhouette has managed to keep its own through it all.
Fall 2019 bids adieu to the fiercer and padded styles of yester seasons, and sees poufy sleeves and the like come into the limelight. Dramatic and cloud-like, this fantastical detail was spotted at Givenchy, Richard Quinn, Giambattista Valli and Alessandra Rich, among others.
It’s back-to-school season for designers and brands as they flood the runways with uniform inspired looks and themes for the upcoming season.
Polo tees, V-neck knits, sweater vests and three piece sets in contrasting stripes, check patterns emerged as sensible options to beat the cold at Thome Browne, Longchamp, Lacoste, among others.
The Bitty Bag
Fashion doesn’t always have to make sense, and season after season, the ones-in-charge, ensure to introduce one such impractical detail or product – just to, you know – devise a point of conversation.
Fall 2019 sees the next in the micro-bag trend – the teeny-meeny, itsy-bitsy bag: TBB or The Bitty Bag.
Post show, Jacquemus has reached cult status, followed by Chanel, Salvatore Ferragamo and Chloe right behind.
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