It’s that time of year when fashion capitals around the world come alive in what would otherwise be dreary February. Haute Couture might seem like a distant fairytale-like dream, but, in reality, following the avant-guard trends of supermodels can be super helpful in figuring out the ins and outs of upcoming seasons, and keeping up with the world of fashion. I love looking at the design that goes into the shows and reading about what everyone is wearing, so I came up with a list of the most common and most crazy trends that have been appearing on runways for my February article.
- Mini bags
High fashion tends to draw in the extremes with mostly everything over the top and big, but, in this case, the extreme is tiny with the idea that something subtle can easily catch attention. The trend of mini bags comes at a time when people don’t need a huge purse to carry their lives with them since all that is really needed nowadays is a smartphone and credit card. It’s a crazy concept, but it’s also super convenient and easy. Who really wants to tote around a large bag all day anyway?
Gigi Hadid spotted walking in Milan with a mini purse. Vogue.com
A mini Chloe cross shoulder bag.
A popular and colorful Tory Burch mini bag.
2. Suit wear and blazers
A bit of a surprising revitalization, but professional wear has been getting a fashionable makeover with elaborate blazers and classy suiting skirts. I personally love this trend since it is very sophisticated and shows that dressing up never goes out of style. Oversized blazers and embroidery are really spearheading it and allowing suiting to be an edgier concept.
A model in Gucci’s Milan Fashion Week show sporting a New York inspired suit that had a very classic retro feel.
A retro blazer with floral print from Club Monaco.
Theory pant suit found at Saks.
This fun trend is perfect for spring and summer, and can really add a lot of character to an outfit. Practically every kind of clothing can be found this season with fringe from skirts and formal dresses to sweaters, shirts, and purses with tassels.
Seen on the streets of Milan- a super fun fringe skirt.
This bright patterned jacket was spotted in London complete with tassel lining.
A chic Zoë Jordan Sweater from Saks
This is a super fun little bag from 3. 1 Philip Lim also found at Saks.
I am obsessed with this Lilly Pulitzer skirt.
Athletic clothing is starting to move more into high-end fashion with the growing trend of athleisure style. It is pretty much a cross between athletic clothing and fashion that can be sported both inside and outside the gym. This growing trend is perfect for busy days and really helps to keep you motivated and fit.
Leggings as apart of a gym ready groutfit were found at the Alexander Wang New York show.
An Opening Ceremony sport sweater.
Mark Jacobs track pants in bright red. Perfect way to stay stylish at the gym!
5. Bold Prints and Stripes
Floral print, animal print, stripes (you name it) are super popular with brands showcasing a ton of color and bright bold patterns on their clothing. Shake off the winter blues with fuchsia stripes (yes, fuchsia is trending), or floral everything to start off summer on the right foot.
A look from the Michael Kors NYFW show that shows all sorts of prints at once.
A fun green striped shirt from Club Monaco.
A Caroline Constas blouse with fun sleeves from Shopbop
A Nicholas ruffle dress from Saks that has a bold topical print. Perfect for Spring!
A beautiful formal Kate Spade dress that is super trendy with the print and elaborate lace.
Plaid is all over the place right now, literally everywhere! Many designers are carrying out collections of vintage plaid suiting, tartan, and even rainbow plaid. Burberry turned to color during London Fashion Week, and Versace had what is being deemed a Cher Horowitz Clueless moment with 90s style colored plaid everything outfits. Plaid is a great timeless style that can be worn anywhere.
Fendi kept the plaid rather neutral and traditional for its MFW show
Versace’s “Clueless” look from Milan.
They kept the common theme of bright retro plaid throughout the show.
Gucci with a very vintage look (notice the oversized blazer)
A whole outfit of classic tartan from J Crew. Although a little wintery, the pants could definitely pass in the summer with a white shirt.
An Amelia Toro shirt dress from Shopbop with very interesting colors.
7. Big Sleaves and big shirts
Make a statement with big sleeves and wrap shirts this summer. Last year, off the shoulder and cold shoulder dresses were all the rage (and expect that to continue this spring/summer), but this year, the shirts are going to get even bigger. Abstract wrap shirts are the perfect way to look put-together and fashionable, as they stand out and look chic.
A classic wrap blouse from J Crew
Bell sleeves are still very popular and bigger than ever as seen with this Leal Daccarett blouse from Shopbop
Another great statement shirt from Shopbop by Self Portrait. Polkadots are also huge on the runway!