One of the things we love most about working in the fashion industry is that it’s never boring; we’re always looking ahead. Take this month: Mid writing stories for spring, we’ve been busy studying the runways to get a jumpstart on fall. From the big (literally!) silhouettes to the standout colors, we’ve been noting it all—so you’ll never have to. Want a little glimpse at what’s to come in September? Read on. This is what we saw (and obsessed over!) at New York Fashion Week Fall 2014.
In terms of buying outerwear for the next fall/winter season, the resounding message seems to be, “Go big, or go home.” Designers turned out voluminous ponchos and cocoon overcoats, plus boxy shearling jackets that seemed inspired by current conditions. (Go on, wear six layers!)
His and Hers Trousers
So long, skinny jeans? Not so fast… But designers did seem to favor a pant style that is much more forgiving: wide-leg trousers. At times, they were ultra-light and feminine, thanks to fabric that moved and flowed like a skirt. At others? They were tapered and tailored to a T. Our fave takes? One-half of a “menswear” suit.
So much for only showing skin in the summer, as plenty of it was on display in NYC. In addition to lace and sheer mesh panels, there were substantial cutouts—which are typically reserved for 80 degrees. Also of note were slits here and there—including the upper thigh. The Angelina effect? You decide.
The Color Purple
We admit it. When Pantone hailed Radiant Orchid the color of the year, we had our doubts. After all, we’ve never been all that excited to put on purple! But, we changed our tune as soon as we saw the shade in a range of covetable styles for fall. Among those that screamed, “Told you so”? A lavender moto jacket with matching fur trim.
Fur, Every Which Way
Now, we know what you’re thinking: “Fur for fall? Mind-blowing.” But, it did feel fresh, as it was used in new ways. For one, we saw it in patches on parkas—plus engulfing large clutches that doubled as muffs. Even a set of coats that, at first, tended vintage proved innovative due to details like black leather cuffs.
Other trends we’re excited to wear? Metallics, culottes, nubby textures and leggy skirts.