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Now that New York Fashion Week has officially concluded in an explosion of vibrant, cheery colours, a myriad of fresh florals (it is spring after all) and new silhouettes, we’re looking to see what trends lie on the horizon for S/S ‘19.  And while spring may be a long way off, we’ve spotted a couple of emerging trends that have got us genuinely excited. Between Americana, soft and romantic confections of crochet and the comeback of the tailored vest, it’s safe to say that there’s quite a bit to look forward to next season.

Get a head start on that wishlist, these biggest looks that emerged from NYFW are about to go global for season ahead.


Vest Assured

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It’s about time for the tailored vest to be given a new lease of life – and for S/S ‘19, the vests we saw were as forward as ever. Sleek and oozing of cool-girl mien, the sleeveless topper has the ability to give any outfit an instant spin. Next season’s crop of vests come in oversized proportions, as seen at Tibi and Proenza Schouler, with structured capped sleeves or inventive collar cutouts. Also new: the way the vests were styled; having been given a casual twist when paired with sprightly springtime frocks or billowy blouses and faded denim. It also seems like the gilet (a long vest) will be making a return next season. Seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim, gilets proved their ability in adding a great deal of interest to any look. Layered over mini-lengths in quirky graphic prints and bright colours, it’s clear that the longline vest will given a fresh new outlook next season.


2. Patchwork Bonanza

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Traditional craft has come a long, long way, as illustrated by the numerous patchwork panelled looks we saw at NYFW. Think maximalism, in its full glory: loud outlandish patterns that run the gamut from florals, paisley, brocade to glitter striped velvet were patched and pieced together to create outfits that far surpass your nana’s hand-sewn quilts. Anticipating the bohemian vibes of the balmy season ahead, Oscar de la Renta had a halterneck wrap dress that’s everything you picture the perfect spring dress to be, while Ralph Lauren veered closer to nighttime glamour with a darker, sultrier palette.


3. Paper Doilies

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Eyelet embroidery is coming in strong for S/S ‘19, with designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Jonathan Simkhai, and Ulla Johnson bringing their own renditions of broderie Anglaise to the table. Ranging from Victorian era-style tiered dresses to a shrug fashioned into a blouse at Carolina Herrera, next season’s lace offerings seem to inform a more romantic, uber-feminine vibe for spring. Soft, lightweight, and not to mention incredibly breezy with its perforation – look no further for your must-have fabrication next season.



4. Graphic Florals

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Much like the current A/W ‘18 season, the S/S ‘19 shows at New York showcased a plethora of florals – but this time instead of dark, moody and decadent, we got bright, bold and graphic. An upsized counterpart of ditsy or wallpaper florals which were everywhere for 2018, next season’s florals take on a more abstract, artsy form against a vibrant and colourful backdrop – mostly dresses, as seen on the runways of Carolina Herrera, Self-Portrait and Prabal Gurung.


5. Rodeo Ga Ga

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As one of the biggest talking points this NYFW, Ralph Lauren marked its half-a-decade milestone by giving us a glimpse into the ‘American dream’ with a spectacular collection boasting of over 100 looks – and yes, that means a tonne of cowboy boots were present. Over at Longchamp, fringing was applied to almost every look; tiered on vests, trimmed on suede jackets, and even making appearances on the bags and gladiator shoes as well. Say yee-ha to rodeo blouses, prairie-style skirts and Navajo jackets and ride the waves of the Western revival as you’re about to see them everywhere come Spring 2019.


6. Huff and Puff

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The S/S ‘19 season is perpetuating our long drawn love affair (since S/S ‘18!) with the trend that can equally be described as “Marie Antoinette chic” and “nouveau milkmaid”: puffed-up sleeves. Whether it’s taking on retro gingham prints at Kate Spade New York, corset dresses ala Brock Collection, or a crisp box-white peplum top from Rodarte that we’re already eyeing for our next Riviera holiday, puffy sleeves are set to take over your Instagram feed in a much grander fashion next season.