This Month In Fashion

The highlight of the month would definitely have to be Paris Haute Couture week which commenced in the first week of July. After the splendour and extravagance were over, we were left with OTT trends to last us through the season.  Let’s have a look at some of them!

BLAZER WITH RELAXED BOTTOMS 

The power suit continues to reign, as seen at Chanel, Armani Prive and Ralph & Russo’s shows; while the blazer was worn tailored and open without a top, the bottoms had a relaxed feel, the general rule was – the wider the better. We love the contrast of a clean-cut blazer against loose flowing pants. Not just that, this trend is totally season appropriate for the places experiencing summer. Here in NZ, we can have a go at it in the spring. 

OVER THE TOP SHOULDERS

Couture is no stranger to drama and Avant Grade pieces! In tune with these OTT trends; Jean Paul Gaultier, Elie Saab and Viktor and Rolf showcased pieces that were straight out of a fantasy novel. Exaggerated shoulders were one of the key elements that turned up the drama in a garment. Strong and outlandish goes hand in hand when it comes to this trend. On the online clothing scene, we can expect a more subdued version of this trend. 

COLOUR BLENDS 

This trend almost has home fabrics feel with its mish-mash of colours. Brands such as Valentino, Schiaparelli and Viktor and Rolf were seen piecing panels of bright poppy colours together to create outfits that had a costume like quality to it. You could see the use of striped fabrics, fabrics ruched together and colour blocking as a way to achieve this effect.

STOCKINGS 

Traditional accessories such as watches for men are so passé, the runway had men sashaying down in stockings and garters. This fashion staple has been around for decades, this season it takes on a darker aura when paired with deconstructed and gothic pieces as seen on the runways of Christian Dior, Maison Margiela and Dundas.

HEADPIECES 

Accessory designers and jewellery designers had their hands full this season to come up with statement headpieces. The runway saw everything from crystal veils, bucket hats, marine caps and outlandish headgears. The way to wear it? With your head held high!

STRONG SLEEVES

Another trend that played on the OTT feel is that of statement sleeves. Victor and Rolf took the apocalyptic punk approach, while Schiaparelli showcased magnificent draping. In whichever form, statement sleeves are the way to go this season.

Outside of the world of luxe haute couture, are mini trends that are seen all over the place. These micro-trends are touted as huge this season. Let’s have a look.  

CAPES 

Yes, they are back and this season they are bigger and bolder than ever. The cape-poncho hybrid is being sported by celebs and fashion influencers alike. Trench capes, blazer capes are a fun way to incorporate this trend into your workwear wardrobe. 

PLATFORM BOOTS 

These are worth giving as wholesale gifts to family and friends, the practicality of this style will appeal to all the ages. High heels are high fashion, but they also take a high toll of your feet. These chunky boots with a platform sole are a blessing for sore feet – ultra-stylish and ultra-comfortable, these ones are keepers for sure!

TIGHTS 

Yep, 90’s nightmare gets a normcore upgrade. Tights in striking patterns will be all over the streets! You can pair them with pretty much everything – there are no rules really! If you want something subtle, go in for monochromes. For those who believe in the ‘more is more’ philosophy go in for bold prints in vibrant colours! 

BUCKET HATS 

Your Insta explore page is flooded with pictures of young fashionista’s sporting this trend. It’s not so much as a micro-trend – it has made its way to high-end runway shows! This one is definitely a crowd-pleaser. 

DIY CLOTHES

Sustainability is bigger than ever. More and more fashion enthusiasts are looking for brands with a soul; taking the trend of conscious consumerism even further, some prefer to DIY their clothes. Some stitch their own clothes, while others prefer to source the material and have it made locally. Fabric painting and sublimation prints are huge when it comes to dressing up t-shirts and denim. There are multiple brands and sublimation t-shirts suppliers to cater to this demographic. 

TIE-DYE

In tune with the DIY element, is the tie-dye trend. This 60s-70s staple is having its movement in the sun. Its revival means more sophisticated designs compared to its hippy-dippy counterparts of the 70s. All major fast fashion brands are selling this trend, but for the conscious shopper, the best way to go is to DIY or find sustainable brands selling this trend. 

BERMUDA SHORTS 

Once again, we are looking at the past for inspiration, this major 90s trend has been revived. The relaxed, casual feel is perfect for the summer and is a great alternative to biker shorts. It’s best to opt for natural fabrics for that organic feel. 

SQUARE TOE 

They were there last season and they are still here for this one as well. Square toe sandals are big this season. It’s not just restricted to sandals you can find square toe boots, platforms, even square toe flips-flops!

MICRO BAGS 

The opposite of over-sized totes are the micro shoulder bags. Channel Reese Witherspoon from ‘Legally Blonde’. These smaller variants are perfect for the summer and will fit your basic essentials quite well. Give your shoulders a rest with these fashion pieces. 

This season, most major trends are revived from the past, hence vintage or thrift shopping can be a great way to score these trends on a budget. Eco-friendly and economical, it doesn’t get better than this!

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