Every year, your heels grow higher (or shrink), the shoulders in your coats inflate (or narrow) and the prints on your dresses scream louder (or completely disappear). These, my friend, are trends. Below you’ll find this season’s big 5 that will continue making a mark come fall.
Netflix’s Godless, Raf Simons’ new Calvin Klein, Versace’s belts and buckles or a nostalgia for America’s good-old days… Whatever’s sparked the Western trend, it sees no sign of waning and continues next season.
Above: clothing by 3.1 Phillip Lim, Altuzarra, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein 205w39nyc, Coach, Each x Other, Marques’Almeida, Miu Miu, R13, Versace, and Versus. Additional imagery courtesy of Alamy and Getty Images; black model horse, Robert Ashton/Massive Pixels; cactus cartoon, Igor Malovic; cowboy lasso rope, Michael Burrell, mountains of Nevada, USA, Neil Fraser; (Alamy Stock Photo).
2/ Soft utility
Cargo pants, multi pockets, drawstrings and practical details have never been hotter. Valentino’s spring collection was a lesson in soft utility. Pastel boiler suit? Yes, please.
Above: clothing by Carven, Chloé, Gabriela Hearst, Joseph, Nina Ricci, Paul & Joe, Rochas, Sies Marjan, Stella McCartney, Tibi, Valentino, Victoria Beckham, and Zimmermann.
3/ Illustrated people
A Prada-influenced trend. Miuccia’s spring comic-book faces made the visage a popular motif.
Above: clothing by Ashley Williams, Balenciaga, Calvin Klein 205w39nyc, Marni, Missoni, Prada, and Versace. Additional imagery courtesy of Getty Images and REX/Shutterstock; film stills of ‘Adventures of Captain Marvel - Serial’ with 1941, Tom Tyler, William/John English Witney, Nigel Bruce (REX/Shutterstock).
Calvin Klein’s colourful plastics made an impression this season, and we’ve just spied the most glorious lacquered macs at Marine Serre in Paris for fall. High shine is here to stay.
Above: clothing by Aalto, Balmain, Calvin Klein 205w39nyc, Ellery, Isabel Marant, Kenzo, MSGM, Sonia Rykiel, and Toga. Additional imagery courtesy of Getty Images; Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, Batman Returns, 1992 (Warner Bros/DC Comics/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock).
5/ Fancy sports
The season’s sporty incarnation is bright, fearless, figure-hugging and go faster. Think Gucci, Koché and Isabel Marant.
Above: clothing by Dolce & Gabbana, Fenty x Puma, Gucci, Isabel Marant, Kenzo, Koché, Lacoste, MSGM, and Peter Pilotto. Additional imagery courtesy of Alamy, Getty Images and Robert Harding.