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THE SS18 TREND REPORT

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With each season comes a new wave of trends. Whether a practical upgrade on regular wardrobe staples or a more over-the-top direction, we’ve rounded up some of the most notable fashion fads from the Spring / Summer 2018 shows.

 

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The Spring 2016 Trend Report

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We’re still catching up on all the latest from the world’s top designers, and spring 2016 is looking bright. And although many labels opted for pieces that transcend seasonal limitations, there’s no denying certain trends that always emerge. From sleepwear to ruffles, tie dye to pink, check out what’s hot for spring 2016.

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Orange You Glad?

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Sorry for the corny title, but who’s excited about these new colors? For the first time in three years, the Pantone Institute unveiled 210 new shades the other day, primarily in the orange category. Sure, some of them might be a little too specific to identify, like Dragon Fire or Mango Mojito. But there’s no denying that we’ve been seeing plenty of this hue in a slew of designers’ latest collections; from the fall 2015 ready-to-wear and haute couture, resort 2016, and even the recent spring 2016 menswear shows, this particular shade’s been thrown around left and right. And we hardly doubt that’ll change when the spring 2016 ready-to-wear show circuit launches in just a few weeks. Sure, outside of the fashion world, fall is quickly creeping up, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to make your wardrobe any less vibrant. It seems like orange really is the new black after all.

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Shop the Trends

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Let’s be real, we’re in kind of a confusing point in fashion; the spring 2015 menswear shows only recently wrapped up, and the industry is currently in preparation for next season’s women’s fashion. Meanwhile, retailers are clearing out their current pieces from spring 2014. But regardless of all the things pulling our attention in different directions, the fall 2014 collections are finally upon us. Yes, it’s still hot out, and you could probably sweat just thinking about putting on a new leather jacket or shearling coat. However, the temperatures will be dropping before you know it. Not only do you want to be prepared for the cooler weather, but you want to be stylish while doing so. While trends shouldn’t completely dictate your wardrobe, they’ll definitely serve as useful guidelines when it comes to your fall shopping trip. Here are some of the fall’s top trends for both menswear and womenswear and the best items to match.

 

 

SUIT UP

When it comes to fall and winter, every guy needs to step up his suit game. And it shouldn’t be too hard, as classic tailoring is quintessential in a fall/winter men’s collection. But sharp tailoring isn’t just for the guys; these days, sleek blazers and matching trousers look just as nice on ladies. Meanwhile, coats, dresses, shirts, and skirts can be given a spruced-up, professional twist. Whether office attire or eveningwear, there’s plenty to choose from in terms of structure and elegance, all of which can outlast a single season.


MOD SQUAD

The swinging 60s always make a comeback every now and then, but for fall 2014, this return seems stronger than ever. With festive colors and patterns on otherwise simple silhouettes, there are plenty of fun sweaters, dresses, and other items at your disposal. These pieces go exceptionally well with simple shoes and accessories, by the way.


SHEAR GENIUS

Shearling could seem like a bit of an obvious trend for the fall/winter season, probably because it’s a truly timeless staple. However, these pieces are anything but basic. In more colors and textures than you could imagine, shearling makes its typical appearance on outerwear and shoes, though it also pops up on bags and other accessories. Bundling up for fall can kind of suck sometimes. Not with these chic shearlings.


TIGHT KNIT

Another cliché for fall, knitwear was also redone in a variety of inventive ways for fall 2014, because designers know that no one wants just a boring sweater. Sure, traditional knits were aplenty. But for those who crave a little more pizzazz, there were sweater dresses, capes, and more. Some labels even churned out some unexpected items – like pleated skirts or men’s shirts – in knitwear form. Looks like it’s time to throw away your ugly Christmas sweater.


WORLD EXPLORER

Some might say “gypsy” or “boho,” but we’re calling it as we see it: designers are getting a lot of random influences from all across the globe. The end result shows furs and textures alongside animal prints and other patterns. Layering is key for fall and winter, so if you’re going to do it, then why not pile on a variety of influences? Go ahead, tap into your wanderlust this fall, and be sure to enjoy the journey.


DANCING IN THE STREETS

Streetwear and sportswear were just as present in the fall collections as everywhere else they’ve popped up in the past year. Meanwhile, some designers were getting a little excited this season, meshing rave-appropriate attire with these urban elements. Wild hues and prints appeared on everything from sneakers to parkas and more. A bit over-the-top at times? Maybe. But one’s thing’s for sure: fall 2014 is about to be party time.

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Sneak Attack

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We’ve talked about it more than a lot, so you already know that sportswear is hands down THE hottest trend of the moment. And this makes a good pair of sneakers beyond essential. Sure, you could throw on your old running shoes that you’ve had forever in an attempt to channel “normcore.” Don’t, though; a better option would probably be to find your dream shoe. Getting that “it-kick” can be a bit of a pain in the ass, and it’s not always worth the hefty price tag. However, there are plenty of pairs that you wouldn’t regret, versatile enough to be worn from your morning run through your night out (yes, really).

So, what exactly makes a “good sneaker?”

Unfortunately, fashion with function doesn’t always equate to a lower pricepoint. Yet superb materials and immaculate construction are just a couple benefits, and a heavy dose of style will appropriately thrust you into the omnipresent sporty obsession. Sticking to classics like Converse Chuck Taylor’s is always a good idea, that specific style looking just as good as a black high-top as it does low and white. Speaking of go-to sports brands, names like Nike and Adidas never disappoint. Of course, a pair of the latter’s classic “Superstars” are just as acceptable as a version from their collaborative efforts with Raf Simons and Rick Owens. And don’t think those are the only high-end labels getting in the game. Givenchy and Maison Martin Margiela provide a few fantastic options, too. Even fast-fashion brands like Zara offer some great selections. And the best part? A lot of these kicks would be equally awesome on guys and girls. Did we use the word “versatile” yet?

Neutral colors are usually a good idea, as with most purchases, but why not have some fun? Add a little color and maybe even a pattern; you deserve it after a good workout. Oh, and if all else fails, you can just print your favorite Instagram snapshot onto a pair.

Check out some of the hottest and most versatile sneakers below!

 

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The Spring 2015 Menswear Trend Report

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Another season of menswear has come and gone, bringing both old and new styles from the world’s top designers. A sharp suit never loses its touch, while sleek minimalism has been reinvented in a variety of ways. And other classics were given unique spins, like the subtle pinstripes seen at Dries Van Noten or Prada’s take on luxury denim. Seasonably appropriate bright colors made an obligatory appearance, too. However, the absence of color is always in, shown by all-white looks at Neil Barrett and Christophe Lemaire. It goes without saying that the sportswear trend has become completely ubiquitous; sneakers and tech fabrics were virtually everywhere, even at the typically refined Ermenegildo Zegna. And who could forget the surfer dudes and beach boys that popped up everywhere from Saint Laurent to Miharayasuhiro? Whether fueled by nostalgia or pure joy, designers proved their immense creativity and inventiveness. Here’s a look at some of the top trends of the spring 2015 menswear season.

 

WORK IT OUT

Maybe it’s the “normcore” movement, or maybe people just want to be a bit more practical. But whatever the reason, sporty fashion isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. More designers than we can count traded in dress shoes for sneakers with their formalwear, with fresh kicks popping up everywhere from Calvin Klein to Lanvin. And lots of sports were getting attention, too; baseball tees were just as common as hoodies and track pants. Meanwhile, athleticism met aestheticism for ballet-inspired garb at Dries Van Noten and Rick Owens, the latter moving his regularly sporty pieces into new territory. While going to the gym could still be a pain in the ass, at least you’ll look stylish as hell during your next workout.

 

 

SURFBOARDT

Yes, we know, surfing is a sport, too. But despite the amount of neoprene this season, most designers weren’t exactly sending wetsuits down the runway. Instead, it was more about the surfer attitude, personified via tie dye at Miharayasuhiro and Kolor and palm tree motifs from the likes of Canali and MSGM. If the beaded necklaces and bracelets à la Kris Van Assche didn’t get the point across enough, then maybe the playful mix-matched prints at Paul Smith would do a better job at embodying the carefree beach boy vibes. And the best part? No surf skills are required to rock these styles.

 

 

GOOD JEANS

Denim is one of those things that’s so omnipresent that it would seem weird for it to be considered a trend. But for spring 2015 menswear, designers have been taking your favorite jeans and putting them in a completely different frame. Just check out Phillip Lim’s denim jumpsuit, or the all-denim suit seen at Dior Homme. And it’s impossible to ignore the crazy prints on the fabric at Sibling or the atypical variations at Junya Watanabe. Even Yohji Yamamoto and Rick Owens incorporated some denim into their unique aesthetics. On one hand, everybody’s got some jeans they can use to fit into this trend. But let’s just say you’re going to have to step it up to meet these designer denim standards.

 

 

JUMP ON IT

Speaking of that denim number at Phillip Lim, jumpsuits have become quite a thing this season. Well, maybe not every designer has gotten into the idea of a men’s one-piece, but Kim Jones at Louis Vuitton, Walter Van Beirendonck, and Carol Lim and Humberto Leon at Kenzo were sure feeling it. Give it some time, and we have a feeling plenty more labels are going to jump on this trend.

 

 

STYLE SOLDIERS

Like many other trends, military-inspired looks have been presented in fresh new ways this season. Christopher Bailey always reinvents and masters the army aesthetic at Burberry, and that was no different this time around. Meanwhile, outerwear with utilitarian pockets and epaulets were ever present at Louis Vuitton, and Christophe Lemaire added a similar slant to his monochrome collection. And what would military fashion be without some camouflage? If you want the classic print, then Valentino had plenty of looks for that. But the floral camo shown at Givenchy and the modernized, graphic versions at Sacai were just as noteworthy.

 

 

SPRING/SUMMER OF ’69

From the late 1960s through the 1970s, this era of bohemian style meshed perfectly with classically tailored leisure suits. Antonio Marras veered towards the latter, while Topman Design paid homage to Woodstock. And while Katie Eary’s collection felt relatively Western, there was a noticeable throwback element, too. Whether you’re feeling the sophisticated side from Tom Ford or a bit more like Saint Laurent’s spin on Jimi Hendrix, now would definitely be the time to hit up your favorite vintage shop.

 

 

EARN YOUR STRIPES

Another classic turned on its head, the pinstripe has gotten completely rejuvenated for spring 2015. Sure, the suiting at Trussardi could’ve come straight out of the 1940s. But the 3D stripes at Margiela and the always-eccentric variations at J.W. Anderson felt totally fresh. And let’s not leave out labels like E. Tautz and Matthew Miller, who essentially kicked off this trend during London Collections: Men. Who said this pattern had to be boring?

 

 

WHITE OUT

It was no surprise when we saw all-white ensembles at minimalist labels like Jil Sander, Neil Barrett, and Joseph. But we’d almost forgotten how essential this look is for summertime, proven by the likes of Ann Demeulemeester, Craig Green, Lou Dalton, and many, many more. All black will always be a thing, and plenty of other colors are having a moment this season, too. But sometimes white is right, and that’s that.

 

 

HERE COMES THE SUN

One of those other colors currently having a moment is yellow. Whether mellow or vibrant, there’s been a whole lot of jaune this season. Acne showed us that there’s nothing to be afraid of when it comes to wearing a big bright yellow jacket, while Berluti sent out a whole range of styles in the sunny shade. And we have to talk about the yellow neoprene jacket from Neil Barrett. Alongside things like the little pops at Calvin Klein, designers made it clear that this is going to be a pretty bright season, and there’s nothing to be afraid of.

 

 

REAL MEN WEAR PINK

Another color that used to formerly terrify men everywhere, pink has been shown as more masculine than ever thanks to Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and other A-list labels. Marc Jacobs’ playful flamingo prints showed a fun way to incorporate this hue into your spectrum; pieces at Thom Browne and Comme des Garçons put the creators’ signature eccentricity in the bold shade. And with Rick Owens even featuring a rose ensemble, it’s obvious that it’s time to think pink.

 

 

EASTWARD BOUND

Eastern cultures have always been a huge inspiration for designers across the globe, and that was just as evident this season as ever. Raf Simons‘ nostalgic collection featured a series of Japanese-inspired prints, a thank you note to some of his earliest supporters. At Agi & Sam, the London-based design duo took things almost literally with kimono-esque tops and sandals worn with socks. And they weren’t alone; Craig Green, Phillip Lim, Walter Van Beirendonck, Yusuke Takahashi at Issey Miyake, and plenty of others got in on the action, experimenting with everything from traditional Japanese garb to streetwear to minimalism and more. While we’d love to see what’s really going on over in Tokyo, this current Eastern obsession is definitely looking good.

 

 

NOT YOUR MOTHER’S ROBES

Not quite kimonos, long silk robes are making an unexpected appearance in the men’s fashion sphere. Dries Van Noten was on top of this trend, sending a whole series of similar styles down the runway at his romantic Paris show. Haider Ackermann loves a good robe, too, so it’s no surprise that we saw one or two in his collection. A couple pieces at Umit Benan had us headed straight for the shower, while Hedi Slimane gave his signature rock ‘n’ roll, bohemian touch to a variation at Saint Laurent. Like jumpsuits, it might take a minute or two for this fad to catch on. But if anything, it’s definitely refreshing to see designers’ new takes on traditional men’s fashion.

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How to Do the Sporty Trend

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We’ve already talked about how sporty styles have become omnipresent in the latest collections, and this hot trend is definitely one to follow. But there’s a fine line between incorporating a little athleticism into your look and wearing straight-up workout gear. Balancing your sneakers, sweatshirts or track pants with otherwise dressed-up items is one go-to technique. Of course, it’s never a bad idea to keep things somewhat cohesive, whether through multiple sportswear pieces or a constant color scheme. Meanwhile, high-quality fabrics and sleek silhouettes finalize the proper styling tactics. Although there are plenty more ways to achieve this look, here are a couple suggestions for taking on the sporty trend the right way:

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Let these Pierre Hardy sneakers be the centerpiece of your sleek and sporty ensemble, adding metallic vibrance to the minimal separates. While this Alexander Wang neoprene sweatshirt keeps up the athletic aesthetic, a fun pair of shades keeps things looking bold. Tie all of the elements together with this equally urban Proenza Schouler satchel.

 

 

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3.1 PHILLIP LIM Black Grained Leather 31 Hour Backpack
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Neil Barrett Side-Striped Jersey Sweatpants
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There’s definitely room for the guys, too. Though this outfit could easily pass as some sort of sports uniform, it’s the luxe quality of each item that keeps it at the pinnacle of style. Starting off with the coveted Rick Owens x Adidas kicks, the look already has a sense of texture and austerity. A simple pair of Neil Barrett sweats allow for the same designer’s neoprene top to take over, adding the necessary pop of color to this all-black ensemble. And don’t forget to properly accessorize and reflect that color with this Dior Homme “chiffre rouge” timepiece. Throw on the essential 31 Hour Backpack from 3.1 Phillip Lim, top it all off with a sleek pair of Dior Homme sunglasses and get ready to win in terms of sports and style.

 

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It’s been said before, and it will probably be said again and again, but fashion seems to be taking a turn towards athleticism. There have been hints of this trend for a while now, with sneakers, sweats and technical fabrics popping up here and there. But the spring 2014 menswear season is when things really took off, with designers like Frida Giannini at Gucci, Massimiliano Giornetti at Salvatore Ferragamo, Phillip Lim, Italo Zucchelli at Calvin Klein Collection, Neil Barrett, Dries Van Noten and countless others throwing together ensembles that could’ve easily been sports uniforms. However, this wasn’t a one-season trend, rather the beginning of a fashion phenomena. Of course, the men’s styles began to spill over into the women’s collections. Sportswear even went to the extent of luxe trainers appearing in the couture collections of Chanel and Dior; you know a trend is huge when it permeates the one-of-a-kind haute couture track.

Continuing in several fall 2014 menswear collections, items such as anoraks and cuffed drawstring trousers were redone for the cooler months. As of New York Fashion Week, the trend was still going strong for ladies, too. What’s most exciting about the popularity of sporty styles is the statement they make. Instead of fashion dictating to the people, it seems like this urban sensibility came from streetwear itself. Sure, this invites plenty of gimmicky parody sports jerseys, obnoxious hipster interpretations and contrived street style bait, but it’s fascinating to see the trend properly executed by true design experts. It also doesn’t hurt that these aerodynamic, workout-ready silhouettes are done in optimum quality fabrics, reminding us that this is still fashion.

We can thank Riccardo Tisci for one, as his typically streetwear-influenced ensembles were some of the first to spark the marriage of high fashion to urban athleticism. Alexander Wang’s “New York cool” aesthetic helped push the trend further, and from there, plenty of other labels have quickly caught on. No matter who you attribute this style to, there’s no doubting that sportswear is all the rage.

Check out some of the best looks that fit into this hot trend!

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The Fall 2014 Trend Report: New York Fashion Week

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After the fall 2014 menswear collections, it seemed like the industry almost forgot to mention the noteworthy trends that came out of it. However, that doesn’t mean things went unnoticed; the luxe sportswear, standout checks and plaids, playful furs and shearlings and unexpected pops of color for guys reappeared for their female counterparts throughout New York Fashion Week.

While many of us were a little distracted by incessant blizzards and borderline-apocalyptic winter weather, designers at New York Fashion Week didn’t let a little snow stop them from showing off their best work. Sure, London Fashion Week is just now wrapping up, and we’ve still got Milan and Paris after that. But let’s not forget to keep an eye on some of the biggest trends to emerge from New York Fashion Week when examining the rest of the fall 2014 ready-to-wear collections.

 

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The Spring 2014 Menswear Trend Report

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In real-time, spring 2014 feels like ages away. But in the fashion world, next year’s menswear has already debuted over a month ago, and with it came a variety of new trends. Some designers kept things minimal with sleek tailoring and monochromatic palettes, while others took a more romantic turn through the use of dark floral patterns. Whether the ubiquitous, sporty streetwear or the loose, soft tailoring, there was something available for every man. Let’s take a  look at some of the hottest trends from the spring 2014 menswear collections.

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“Florals for spring? Groundbreaking,” Miranda Priestly sarcastically stated in The Devil Wears Prada. It’s likely that many people would utter the same sentiment, as flowery prints seem like a creative cop out for spring fashion. But designers weren’t so obvious with their renditions, as the foliage that covered the runways was much darker than expected. Dries van Noten owned the trend with romantic, melancholy blossoms, while Prada reinvented every grandfather’s favorite Hawaiian print top with a sinister spin. Forget your qualms about flowery menswear; every rose has its thorn, and those thorns were sharper than ever.

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Loosen Up

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For countless seasons, skinny silhouettes dominated men’s tailoring. Though the slimmer suit seems like it will never go away, designers are allowing a little more space in blazers and trousers. A sartorial king, Stefano Pilati showed his own penchant for voluminous pants and soft fabrics at Ermenegildo Zegna. Meanwhile, the suits at Lanvin and plenty of other shows were presented in far more generous silhouettes, and various designers presented long, fluid coats.

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Urban Outfitters

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It goes without saying that possibly the biggest trend of the season was the sporty, urban look shown on countless designers’ runways. Whether Alexander Wang‘s snapbacks or Gucci‘s athletic outerwear, there was no shortage of street smart styles. Sneakers were also incorporated into a variety of looks, while fabrics turned more aerodynamic. This practical side of men’s fashion is one of the best things we’ve seen all season.

 

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The Blues

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For a while, brights were a huge trend. Soon after, pastels became a thing, too. But now, a color trend has centered entirely around one hue. Balmain‘s denim-heavy collection certainly fit the theme, while Calvin Klein took us to a minimal resort on a tropical island, reinventing the blues in the skies and waters. From pale to navy, blue was integrated into a variety of the spring 2014 menswear collections as the most necessary shade of the season.

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White Out

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While blue was a huge deal, we can’t deny the persistence of all-white ensembles. A stylish feat, especially in the summer, the absence of color never looked better on the spring 2014 men’s runways. The look was mastered at Jil Sander, where ensembles were paired with pops of pink and orange.

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Beat It Up

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The beat generation of the 40’s and 50’s came back with a vengeance this season, as peak lapels and high waists took us to the time of the classic American male. The silhouette always makes an appearance at Bottega Veneta, where Tomas Maier adds a Hitchcock edge. But the look wasn’t limited to Maier’s aesthetic, as it resurfaced in other collections such as Louis Vuitton and Ermenegildo Zegna.

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Leather Weather

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It’s hard to even call leather a trend these days; it’s probably one of the most commonly used fabrics in current collections. Though typically associated with cooler weather, the sleek hides were still available for spring 2014 menswear, fabricating everything from pants to t-shirts.

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