What's New For Spring

Style Guide

The runways have spoken, and the 90’s continue to be back, with the 70’s and the 80’s, and then there are some trends that are all over the place and have no particular home. There seems to be no sign of these trends going anywhere. Because we have to live with what the designers give us, and I do not always follow the trends, but have to style with what I have available to work with, this past year, this season, and next are going to be all over the place. Which means that you can pick and choose what works well with your body and sensibility, which colors look the best on you, and if you choose, to push your fashion to the limit.

No need to empty your wardrobe each season or year, because its more like adding to what you have and then taking that and creating whats fun for you. If you kept everything you ever had, you would probably have enough to play with all the mix of style, of course depending on your age.

I prefer to have as much fun as I can with styling, and tend to use a lot of jewelry and other accessories, but it depends on your mood, where you are going, and how much you like to push the envelope. Always use your best judgement in creating a look for yourself, because being true to yourself, is what defines you. I create looks for inspiration, fun, creativity, and can change my mind at any moment, because that is what fashion is all about, living in the moment.

So with that said, this is what the designers are doing for Spring 2020…

New Shapes:

Tailoring, sculptural, loose and fitted 2-3 piece suits, rounded and bold shoulders, slinky waists, gigantic dresses, sexy cuts, asymmetrical necklines, hot pants, bra tops, tiered and ruffled, all lengths possible, boyfriend jeans, and column dresses are all the newest and greatest forms of power on the female figure, hanging in from fall 2019.

Newest Vibes:

The boho vibe is still going on with generous cut-outs and leg revealing moments, pastels and bright colors are everywhere, especially gold, red, aqua, khaki, and orange, as well as an all-black or all-white moment or ten. Fringe and crochet, polka dots everywhere, sheer fabrics are abound, tailoring for strong woman-power, dramatic sleeve treatments, caped dresses with floor sweeping sleeves, classic draping done in a revealing way, and big bags, Leather moves into spring, sequins, clutches are big, animal and mosaic prints are everywhere, and all styles of shoes/boots adorned the runway. Celebs fall dressing celebrates personal taste over a single must have item. As every celeb has a stylist that pulls their options for them, although there are a few who do shop in between those events, that is the stylist direction for fall.

Shoes:

Platforms, pointed toe flats, sneakers, short/ thigh high boots, a little bit of everything in bold colors, animal prints, metallics, leathers, plastics, and snakeskin. With the collections on the runway, you will see plastic sandals with Balmain, grommets on boots with Alexander McQueen, super high platforms with Celine, strappy sandals with Christian Siriano, flat sandals with Givenchy, multi fabric with Fendi, animal print boots with Gabriela Hearst, thigh high boots with Loewe, and colorful loafers with Louis Vuitton, as just some examples.

Again, its a little bit of everything, so you might have a lot of these styles stored away in your closet, or have been wearing them for years. Lots of crazy shapes and colors to choose from with many designers going high and low.

Waist Detailing:

There is as much nipping in at the waist as there is loose fitting dresses and jackets. It would take the page just to detail every designer, so lets just say its all over the place again, and anything high waisted is in. Cinching your waist is definitely a great way to show off shape in this over-sized world of fashion, but if you like it loose, then go for it, because it sure is comfortable.

Color / Print:

Alberta Ferretti presented orange, tans, fuschia, blues, and black. Tom Ford has orange, black, white, and fuschia. Balmain used a lot of graphic black/white, black/yellow prints, as well as pink, gold, green, blue, and orange. Christian Cowan’s collection is mostly white, aqua, red, and black. Dolce is showing khaki, green, pink, orange, metallic gold, and animal prints, as well as prints everywhere for most all of the designers. Prints at Etro, Moschino, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Ferragamo, Zimmerman, and Givenchy to name a few more. Vera Wang was showing a lot of black, as well as Tom Ford with white, orange, and fuschia added. Abstract prints, animal prints, mosaic prints, flowered prints, bold graphic prints, polka dots, bold stripes, and metallic prints show up in so many collections, that they are virtually everywhere.

Monochrome is as much a trend, so picking your fav color and wearing it from head to toe, even if you pick something super bright, in which I would break it up, There are the neutrals in khaki and tan everywhere, including Givenchy, Ferretti, Etro, Hermes, and Ferragamo. So really, the colors are everywhere as well as the prints, and I really can’t think of colors I didn’t see much except for a lot of pastels, although they are around as well. So it’s the jewel tones again, with a mix of black, white, neutrals, and mixing with the acid neons.

Ruffles, Sheerness:

There is much girly going on for spring, with ruffled blouses, skirts long and short, dresses long and short that it is a very feminine season. Loewe, Valentino, McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Akris, Armani, Zimmerman, Gucci, Moschino, Molly Goddard, Kazumi, as just a few examples of ruffles virtually everywhere, and Rodarte doing a lot of tulle.

Trousers:

Trousers show up in just about every collection as high waisted, skinny and loose shapes at McQueen, Balmain, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, with Prada cropping the leg, Rag & Bone doing track pants, and Celine putting jeans down the runway with their collection. So again, its a mix of everything, and anything goes, as long as it sits on your waist.

Crochet:

Knitwear is always cozy for fall, but has continued into spring with crochet being a huge influence. Many different twists are available this spring making the season not your basic knit and pearl. Beautiful coloring, layering, patchwork, shaping, graphic designs, sexy cuts up the thighs, thick and thin, abstract and straight forward, there are many directions for knits right now. It is all over the collections, and vintage or a fresh take on crochet, it is a huge trend right now.

Ribbons:

Ribbons are a fun detail and showing up in many different directions. They add an architectural look, or a girly and romantic look, depending on how they are displayed. They are shown as attachments to blouses, hanging off skirts, as layered and 3 dimensional additions to every category of design.

Jumpsuits:

Jumpsuits are very playful and very trendy for the past few seasons, and spring is no exception. Elegant tailoring, cuffs on pants, simple belting at the waist are the newest versions of this comfortable look. Putting on heels and some great accessories can simply take this look from daytime to evening. The tent like dresses that hit the runway have a meringue shape, and are also a comfortable staple to the closet. Prints and solids make it an easy choice for work or play or both.

Hot Pants:

As culottes made a comeback for fall, hot pants are here for spring, and playful as ever, with YSL, Isabel Marant, Chanel, Christain Dior, and Brandon Maxwell making a statement that they will be worn in offices all over the coming season, as well as after office play. They are associated with the cool French girl style, and are super practical for spring.

Bra Tops:

Bra tops are also very spring, as the weather gets hotter, the less you want to wear. Notable bra tops are shown in so many collections, but just a few were at JW Anderson, Alberta Ferretti, Christopher Kane, and Givenchy. You can wear them under a sheer top, under a suit, or go for broke and pair them with whatever bottom you are in the mood for on whatever day it is.

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