Review of Next Winter’s Trends
Paris Fashion Week has staged a style climax this year. While the spirit of Karl Lagerfeld has been very much present during Fashion Week, with tributes and tears marking his absence, a more and more assertive concept of femininity has been dominating the catwalk. How about some empowerment? Ladies, it's time to seize control and shake up the status quo!
Vogue Magazine has identified the biggest trends in the looks and shoes spotted on the catwalks. Often at odds with each other, the world of fashion is never afraid of a paradox: these trends reflect a desire to celebrate women in all forms and in every way. Here’s a summary of the fashion match so far.
Photo credit: Paris Fashion Week AH2019 Celine - Bluewin
The Clash between two opposing clothing concepts. On the one hand, we’re looking back to the bourgeois style of the early 80s: culottes, pleated skirts, blazers, and big bows. Bold accessories, though, take this discreet charm to a new level: thigh-highs and aviator glasses at Celine, a cast iron fastening for a quilted coat at Bottega Veneta, pastel cowboy boots at Fendi. In stark contrast, there is a punk rebellion sweeping across the catwalks: leather, studs, but also jewels and accessories that scream underground, picking up the essence of punk - piercings, dog collars and even an eyepatch, as seen at Gucci or Alexander McQueen.
Worn majestically by Cara Delevingne at Chanel’s opening show, dogstooth from head to toe creates an androgynous look rather than a girly style. Also seen at Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, this trend is causing a stir among fashion editors who will feel like a dog with two tails with this look next winter. And don’t forget the feathers: throw on your feather boa and go dancing. We adore this sexy, dressed-up look - very Paris night club!
Capes and checks will be on point next winter. Burberry embodies these two trends perfectly. At Celine, capes have gone cavalier, drawing a new silhouette: a free-spirited Amazonian woman with a little bourgeois je-ne-sais-quoi. At Marc Jacob, capes are more feral, in full leopard print for a totally wild look!
Tendance Eighties - Vogue - photo credit - Gorunway.com
The 80s are experiencing a dramatic comeback, full of glitz and sequins. Heroines from the films of the 80s have inspired designers to reinterpret the glitter and the shoulder pads in a dazzling mix. Slip into an all-over sequined look, as seen at Balmain, and feel like a queen of the night, all day!
Tendance Peaux Lainées - Vogue - photo credit - Gorunway.com
On the one hand, there is the appeal of natural things and the softness found in shearling - sheepskin fleece - which we love as a bomber or aviator jacket. On the other, we have hybrid and technical fabrics for surviving the end of the world, with balaclavas for camouflage, coats with protective layers, and accessories which could have come straight from a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel.
Picture a preppy gamine on the catwalks, turned out in a three-piece suit, sporting a tie or a bow-tie, strolling, hands in pockets, looking more nonchalantly British than Brexit! Tweed rubs shoulders with loafers and varsity sweatshirts flirt with boat shoes to create a look just as preppy as you want. There’s a darker undercurrent surfacing too, featuring corsets, straps and ear cuffs. We have to say, “Yes, mistress!”