I know it is only January 4th but I am very excited for the spring days to come. Nostalgia for the early 1970s dominated the runways this season, but the Spring fashion message went beyond “make love, not war.” Read on to discover the top trends of the season.
Ladies of the Canyon
Designers took a page from the Joni Mitchell playbook for Spring. Pucci’s tie-dyes, Chloé’s trapeze dresses, and Gucci’s patchworked fur vests could have stepped right off the runway and onto the Festival Express. Dries Van Noten even staged his own haute hippie sit-in.
Pockets of Resistance
The flip side of all that peace and love? A utilitarian undercurrent that manifested itself in lace-strewn fatigues from Sacai; parachute silk coats with serious swagger from Stella McCartney; and, in the case of Paris newcomer Vetements, straight-up camouflage.
Blame climate change or blame the fact that these clothes arrive in stores in the dead of winter, but designers are pushing Spring leather like never before. Nobody made a better case for the stuff than J.W. Anderson in his first women’s collection for the Spanish leather goods house Loewe.
Is it normcore? Or the simple fact that blue jeans are one of humankind’s best inventions? Denim was everywhere on the Spring runways, from streetwise labels like Kenzo and Marques’Almeida to those in the highest echelons of fashion. Valentino jeans? Yes, please.
Wildflowers at Céline? Nobody was more surprised than Phoebe Philo, who admitted there was very little she said no to when designing her latest collection. And she wasn’t alone when it came to embracing blooms: At Thakoon, Max Mara, and Simone Rocha, floral prints were bigger, bolder, and more head-to-toe than we’ve seen in seasons.
I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into spring. Have a great Sunday.