Over at Milan, it was all about bright colourful prints, stiff shape-shifting silhouettes and stunning Egyptian influences. When it comes to fashion, the Italian city is known for its opulence and vibrancy – and the recent F/W ‘19 presentations were of no exception.
Though that’s not to say that we didn’t spot anything wearable; brands like Emilio Pucci, Fendi and Roberto Cavalli delivered on a series of languid dresses and workwear pieces that are perfect for everyday.
Ahead, check out the top trends that have emerged from MFW.
Get your dose of painterly prints with Stella Jean’s scenic still life depiction of the tropics on a charming pink peacoat (pictured here), Roberto Cavalli’s updated take on its iconic tiger print with a range of deep yet punchy colours, or Missoni’s mixed-knit number.
From Missoni’s glittered broad collar and Marni’s satin tunic complete with gold jewellery to Moschino’s halter dress (pictured here), designers paid homage to Ancient Egypt through subtle details and silhouettes.
The fluid and lightweight pleated dress echo the practicality of dressing adopted by the ancient civilisation, whilst Missoni’s off-shoulder sleeves bring to mind the jewellery and bangles worn by Egyptians of the past.
Structured, stiff, with figure-defining silhouettes: Next season’s threads are shaping the body in an offbeat yet interesting way.
We’ve got knitted dresses that are cinched at the waist before extending out to a stiff flare and finished with balloon sleeves, courtesy of Gucci (pictured here) and Roberto Cavalli, and stoic black coats belted extra tight at the waist at Prada. Either way, Fall 2019’s silhouette will be wearing you, instead of the other way around.
It’s time to dust off your classic traditional checks, as designers from Etro (pictured here), Max Mara and Salvatore Ferragamo have breathed new life into the fusty fabric once associated with the countryside.
Whether it’s honeycomb mesh draped over a shirt at Fendi (pictured here), beaded sheer lace over orange trousers at Versace, or a web of hardcore-looking chains over nothing but a scarf at Marni, overlaying a mix of contrasting textures seem to be a recurring trend at Milan Fashion Week.
Featuring see-through fabrics and juxtaposing colours that peek out from underneath, this trend takes the concept of ‘wintertime layering’ to a whole new (more playful) level.
At London Fashion Week, the overarching vibe was a sense of experimental freedom reminiscent of high school. A mix of eclectic subcultures were explored, from gothic black dresses we’d like to sit in while we head bang to Evanescence, to spiffy jumpers that turn the initial appeal of “ugly sweaters” on its head.
Choose your clique: Whether it be athletic jock, courtesy of Burberry and Roksanda’s sporty threads or theatre kid à la J.W. Anderson and Christopher Kane’s big, billowing Victorian-esque sleeves, you’ll find yourself fitting in with no problem here.
In the next few slides, we round up the top trends spotted at LFW.
Take the puffed up sleeves of S/S ‘19, lengthen it and add volume; thus, the ultra-puffed sleeve of F/W ‘19 was born. Instead of scrunching around the shoulders like its spring predecessor, next season’s puffy sleeves reach the wrists with billowy, balloon-like proportions.
See: Burberry’s gingham-inlaid trench, Roksanda’s dramatic terracotta dress with neck ruffs and flounces (pictured here) and Christopher Kane’s incredibly seductive lacey number with less structured, but equally inflated sleeves.
From Chalayan’s track jacket-inspired ensemble to Burberry’s evident display of sportsmanship with deconstructed rugby shirts and baseball jackets juxtaposed with ‘tough girl’ leather (pictured here), it seems like the lines between professional dressing and streetwear will continue to be blurred further this Fall.
Time to show some school spirit. Designers from Richard Malone to Toga (pictured here) and Ashish painted a series of bold stripes in contrasting primary colours onto faux fur coats, baggy trousers and oversized jumpers respectively. Its tongue-in-cheek irreverence sets a different tone for fall/winter – one that is cheerful and bright.
The gothic black dress (the GBD, if you’ll allow it) seems to be catching on as a trend across the LFW runways.
Embrace your dark side with romantic tulle and ruffles and bewitching sheer lace bodices at Molly Goddard (pictured here) and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi or go for a more “grown-up goth” look with a pared down double breasted jacket with ruched sleeves at Simone Rocha.
No longer reserved for ironic purposes on Christmas, the geeky sweater has been given the designers’ nod of approval for the upcoming season.
Victoria Beckham (pictured here) and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi favoured argyle – the diamond patterned knit once associated with grandpas but is now high-fashion. Alexa Chung, however, took the “nerd sweater” to a whole ‘nother level with not just one sweater, but five; all sheared up and patched together into a masterpiece.
Given that it’s first in line to dictate what we’re about to fill our Fall 2019 closets with, New York Fashion Week has surely stepped up to the plate with what we think may be some of the season’s strongest contending trends.
Let’s run ‘em down. No longer just a wispy trim on your dresses, flocks of statement feathers have migrated to adorn as much space as possible on next season’s standout looks – sometimes, enshrouding the whole of it.
Satin suiting that, in today’s context, feels like an update on the ‘90s slinky slip dress with a tougher exterior.
And your quintessential autumn coats in all types of textiles imaginable: Padded quilts, bath towels, fleece and cushy faux fur are some of the few we’ve spotted.
Check out Fall/Winter 2019’s hottest trends from NYF:
The fall/winter runways were plumped with flamboyant feathers, and yet it didn’t evoke the air of seductive, old Hollywood glamour that feathers are usually synonymous with.
Instead, next season’s feathers feel inherently novel and whimsical.
Marc Jacobs being Marc Jacobs (pictured here), delivered a show of maximalist proportions and volume where models bobbed up and down the runway in befeathered loofah-like dresses layered over crinoline.
At Michael Kors (pictured here), oversized tuxedo blazers saw their sleeves replaced with trailing black plumes. Oscar de le Renta presented a lovely cocktail number with a cascading ruffled train sheathed in pristine white feathers.
When Prabal Gurung and Rachel Comey fashioned their quilts into high-end covetable coats, we knew they were onto something.
This, coupled with the onset of “comfy textiles” like fleece and a medley of super soft faux fur as seen on the runways of The Row (here) and 3.1 Phillip Lim (next slide), gave us reason to believe that for F/W ‘19, it’s all about staying snug.
Photo: The Row
Not that we’re complaining; any trend that makes it socially acceptable for us to bring the comfort of our own beds to work is a trend that we’ll gladly champion.
Perhaps we aren’t the only ones holding our breaths in anticipation for the next season of Game of Thrones.
Taking us back to the Middle Ages with corsets, French cut necklines classic to that of a tudor gown, and an abundance of puffy sleeved action, Brock Collection (here), Khaite and Vaquera showcased romantic tulle gowns and updated peasant dresses that look far from dated. The verdict is in: Medieval dressing is here to stay, and to that we say, “Huzzah!”
Hold your breaths, next season’s coats won’t be follow your run-of-the-mill, tried-and-true blueprint of a standard autumn coat.
Here are the gamechangers: Proenza Schouler (pictured here), with his deconstructed trench that folded, twisted and wrapped to the point of distortion.
Gabriela Hearst (here), and her military-influenced coats with gold buttons that are cut sharply across the middle to reveal a mattress-topper-esque inner lining; Tibi, and its sleek tri-coloured (that’s black, white and brown) duster coat that looks lightweight enough for rainy days.
Synonymous with the ‘90s slip dress and skirt, the latter of which has recently enjoyed a resurgence, the high-shine satin looks incredibly luxe and sexy.
But for the 2019 way of doing satin, turn away from negligee and instead shift your focus to soft tailored suiting (which we talked about extensively here) and lightweight coats ala Tom Ford (pictured here) and Sies Marjan to mirror today’s contemporary woman.
Even when satin was presented in the form of slip dresses, like in the case of Jonathan Simkhai, it was given a high slit up the thigh and paired with plaid trousers or layered over a semi-lustrous turtleneck. An approach that further gave satin a step out of the bedroom, and into the boardroom.