Spring 2017 Runway Trend: Fallen Shoulder

Posted 7 February 2017 at 11:24 PM | Comments (0)

Bare shoulders have seen a lot of daylight, as halter, off-shoulder, and cold shoulder tops have made it to every trend guide in recent years. I suspected that the next big thing would be one-shoulder, but its direction has taken me by surprise.

It’s not the clean, deliberately asymmetrical, one-shoulder look that I was wearing in the late 1990s or early 2000s. It’s messier, off-kilter. It doesn’t look like it was planned by the designer as much as it looks like it was unplanned by the wearer. Like, “Whoopsie, the wind keeps exposing my shoulder! Oh well, hee hee.” If you look closely, it is obvious that these tops were designed for exposure, but at a glance, you would never know. They give the impression of an unintentional fallen shoulder.

Some of you may think this trend is reminiscent of the 1980s. However, back then, the fallen shoulder look was more casual. Some of these looks, on the other hand, are crisp, structured, or businesslike. They’re buttoned-up shirts gone rogue.

From Victoria Beckham, Self-Portrait, Tome, and Monse:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

Some of the looks were no more than pretty tops hanging off the shoulder, which I might be able to pull off in an age-appropriate way. That will be determined at a later date. Like maybe after snowmaggedon.

From Prabal Gurung, Chloé, Tome, and CG:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

The dresses really struck me. Designers went for one cold shoulder, or one lost sleeve. Again, for a moment, you don’t realize that these looks are intentional. You want to hand the woman a safety pin.

From Tibi, Hellessy, Vetements, and Self-Portrait:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

Even in evening wear, shoulders were falling. I honestly don’t think I could pull this off. Maybe I could if I was a model going to the clubs in NYC, but otherwise a cocktail dress with one fallen shoulder reads hot mess. Not to say I don’t like the look… because I actually might.

From Brock Collection, Prabal Gurung, Rodarte, and Victoria Beckham:

Spring 2017 Runway Fashion Trend: Fallen Shoulder, One Shoulder, Asymmetric Shoulder

And there you have it. My first runway post in over a year. If things go as planned, I will have a big, trend-research project coming up, which means more runway trends are coming your way. I swear this hasn’t turned into a renovation blog.

Skinny Neckties at Chloé Pre-Fall 2015

Posted 5 August 2015 at 11:35 PM | Comments (0)

Chloé presented one of my favorite pre-fall collections. I really want to replicate the skinny necktie look and just need to figure out how I am going to do it. With ribbon? Or sew my own? I only have a couple of blouses that this would work for, but I am determined.

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

Skinny Neckties at Chloe Pre-Fall 2015

*Images from Style.com.

An LBD with Asymmetry

Posted 20 August 2014 at 3:33 PM | Comments (0)

I am rarely a proponent of the Little Black Dress. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the concept, but I love color too much. Yet lately, as designers continue to gravitate toward neutral colors and simpler silhouettes, my devotion to color is gently waning.

Pieces that have especially caught my eye are this black Osman jumpsuit from the spring 2014 runway, and this black dress that Karlie Kloss wore to the Vogue Foundation Gala on July 11. Both are a kind of simple LBD but with an eye-catching dose of asymmetry.

Osman Spring 2014 Runway Black Jumpsuit with Cutout

Karlie Kloss July 11, 2014 Vogue Foundation Gala Little Black Dress

I Want Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014

Posted 8 July 2014 at 9:33 PM | Comments (0)

If I had to choose a favorite fashion designer—and I’m not sure that I could—it would probably be Alberta Ferretti. Her collections are always colorful, feminine, and simply make me happy. Her spring line was no exception. Before the show, Ferretti herself cited, “Positive energy, the joy of living.” This attitude probably has everything to do with why her clothes resonate with me.

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014 Runway Collection

I just want to pull one of these dresses off a hanger and wear it to a fabulous summer party, complete with cascading braid, swinging earrings, and bright orange shoes.

Glenn Close, Wear This

Posted 27 May 2014 at 12:13 AM | Comments (0)

I just want to put Glenn Close in this color-blocked dress and trapeze jacket from Temperley London’s spring line. When will the movie stars listen to me? WHEN?

Glenn Close in Temperley London Spring 2014

Spring 2013 Runway Trend: Snakeskin

Posted 18 February 2013 at 11:05 PM | Comments (0)

It’s ironic that the most fashion-forward item in my closet is a twelve year-old pair of shoes. They’re snakeskin, they’re designer, and they’re sentimental—I bought them for my first professional job out of college, interning at a magazine in New York City.

I don’t wear them much these days. Being a stay-at-home mom doesn’t really call for snakeskin stilettos (though I wish it did). However, the snakeskin trend on Spring 2013 runways made me want to take them out and dust them off!

The thing about snakeskin this time around is that it’s not as sleek or as punk rock as it was in the early 00s. This time, it’s kind of… eccentric. I don’t mean that in a bad way. The juxtaposition of oddball and pretty is so very refreshing.

See what I mean below.

Python with Florals and Lace
From Holly Fulton, Erdem, and Preen.

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Snakeskin with Florals and Lace

Patchwork Python
From Proenza Schouler, Erdem, and Preen.

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Patchwork Snakeskin

Python and Blue Hues
From Gucci, Jeremy Scott, and Erdem.

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Snakeskin with Blue Hues

I pulled a few quotes from Christa D’Souza’s article on snakeskin for The Edit, because they’re so helpful when thinking about how to wear this wild print:

“As a pattern it’s hypnotic, the perfect counterpart to lace, DayGlo color or even denim.”

“What we are talking about is accents: using python as a vehicle to urbanize a look that might otherwise come across as girly or bland.”

“Just keep the image of an aging rock chick in mind as a warning, and you’ll be fine.”

Spring 2013 Runway Trend: Checks

Posted 9 February 2013 at 10:00 PM | Comments (0)

There are two patterns that inevitably make me think of royal jesters: checks, and vertical stripes. Both were huge hits on Spring 2013 runways.

I’ll get to vertical stripes another time. Meanwhile, “check” out the varying checkerboard scales from Balmain, Alexandre Herchcovitch, House of Holland, and Acne Studios:

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Checkerboard Pattern

And then… there was Louis Vuitton. There was only one message—checks—and it was wildly satisfying. Here are some of my favorites from the hip-to-be-square collection:

Spring 2013 Runway Fashion Trend: Louis Vuitton Check Pattern

I can’t mention the Louis Vuitton show without mentioning the eye-popping escalator finale:

Spring 2013 Runway Show: Louis Vuitton Escalator Finale

And their equally bold spring ad campaign:

Spring 2013 Ad Campaign: Louis Vuitton Checkerboard

If I were to choose one wild spring trend that I’d like to pull off this year, this would be it. Anyone else crazy enough to join me?

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: Orange and Black

Posted 24 November 2012 at 3:38 PM | Comments (0)

Surely I’m not the only one who steers clear of this color combination at the risk of looking a little Halloweenie. Yet maybe there is a cool way to pull off orange and black, as demonstrated by these eight designers on fall 2012 runways.

BCBG Max Azria, Carolina Herrera, Akris, and Rodarte:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Orange and Black (Dressy)

A Détacher, Tracy Reese, Rachel Comey, and Proenza Schouler:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Orange and Black (Casual)

Perhaps the trick to pulling it off is to to keep it polished and expensive-looking. That basically means: good fit, good fabric, and good taste. A cheap pair of polyester pants and a pilly sweater will look exactly like Halloween.

Style your outfit to look intentional, not thrown together, and then finish it off with white, nude, or metallic accessories to pull eyes away from the block of orange and black.

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: DIY Belted Coats

Posted 23 November 2012 at 10:50 PM | Comments (2)

I used to dread putting on my puffer coat during Chicago winters. It kept me warm, but I always felt enormous… and dowdy.

If only I had thought to cinch my coat with a stretchy waist belt! It doesn’t even have to match your coat exactly—part of the charm in this trend is in its DIY-look. As long as it gives you an hourglass shape, you can put on any damn belt you want.

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: DIY Belted Coats

Belted coats from Albino, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Acne, and Burberry Prorsum.

Fall 2012 Runway Trend: Contrast Sleeves

Posted 15 October 2012 at 8:45 PM | Comments (3)

This is the trend you’re probably seeing everywhere without even realizing it! And if you ask me, attracting attention to the arms is pretty sexy—possibly even sexier than revealing skin.

The best part about this trend is that it’s so versatile. This season’s sleeves come in contrasting colors, fabrics, or embellishments, and on just about anything, from coats to sweaters to dresses.

Like on these practical coats from Band of Outsiders, Stella McCartney, BCBG Max Azria, and Belstaff:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Coats with Contrast Sleeves

And on these stylish jackets from Behnaz Sarafpour, Barbara Bui, Opening Ceremony, and Billy Reid:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Jackets with Contrast Sleeves

On casual tops from 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, A.L.C., and Rachel Roy:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Casual Tops with Contrast Sleeves

And on dressy tops from Badgley Mischka, Nanette Lepore, Kenzo, and Markus Lupfer:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Dressy Tops with Contrast Sleeves

Contrast sleeves give these dresses a super cool vibe, from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bill Blass, Victoria Beckham, and Martin Grant:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Dresses with Contrast Sleeves

And even these fancy dresses have contrasting sheer sleeves, from Prabal Gurung, Alberta Ferretti, Vera Wang, and BCBG Max Azria:

Fall 2012 Runway Fashion Trend: Dresses with Sheer Sleeves

Wouldn’t it be nice if the olive green Victoria Beckham dress would magically appear in my closet right now?

There are so many more fall trends I want to cover, but I’ve been preoccupied with other things lately. Do I even have any readers left? If yes, I love you, and thank you. I’ll try to be back very soon.