Colour, fabric and styling trends in 2015.
New York, Paris, London and Milan – it’s hard to keep up with all those buzz that surrounds Fashion Week, but you don’t want to be committing any fashion faux pas when you’re out mingling with the fashionistas. We’ve summarised some of the emerging trends in Spring 2015 to give you a better idea what’s in vogue next year.
Ironically, the lack of colour seems to be one of the key looks of the season. Headto-toe whites and the classic black and white combination are both simplistic yet dynamic looks, which also lays the perfect foundation to play around with textures, patterns, and silhouettes. For a bit more variation, substitute blacks with blues for another timeless combination that is not only less stark, but also opens up a broader range of shades to pick from. Moreover, looking back at the Fashion Week runways, navy may well be the new black.
Moving along the colour wheel, greens are also gaining popularity with an increased interest in military-inspired pieces and chic safari-inspired looks. Pick out shades like olive, jade and khaki, and complement with metallic buttons or leafy prints.
Another classic that is making a comeback, gingham prints has been spotted across runways in new, modernised interpretations. Slated to be taking over plaids in the spring, ginghams are versatile with a wide range of colours and varying sizes. On its own, the print exudes a streetstyle retro vibe with hints of 1990s grunge. But go small with tiny, rosy-coloured checks for a touch of femininity, or have it blown up to make bold, contemporary patterns.
In line with the newfound love of camoinspired styles, animal prints are still going strong, since making it big on the Fall 2014 runways. The new season, however, has seen a turn towards more exotic wildlife. Instead of the common tiger or zebra, think crustaceans, marine animals and even creepy crawlers. Also, instead of striped patterns and leopard prints, experiment with more daring designs that feature tessellations of the animal’s face. If you prefer flora to fauna, go big on blossoms for an eye-catching look
Says Kah Lee Chen, co-designer of Heng Nam Nam Boutique, “Couture is moving in new directions, which are grounded in modernity and carefreeness. You’d see a particular trend in playing with lightness of fabrics, specifically in the incorporation of sheer materials and lightweight leathers.” Indeed, the blend of sexy and coy that defines sheers continues to be a hot favourite. So it would be wise to stock up on the right undergarments to go with these ethereal dresses, blouses, and skirts.
Although typically not a Springtime staple, suede is definitely a look that has exploded on the runways and is looking to stay for the long run. On the lookbooks, swaths of coloured suede has given the softened leather much more vibrancy, and also helps to visually cool down the material with the help of pastel shades and blue tones. For the tropical weather in Singapore, think smartly in wearing suede – look for breezy skirts or comfortable dresses with cutouts.
If the suede craze wasn’t enough of a hint, the style this season is rooted the 1970s. But don’t expect a full-fledged disco-era bell-bottoms renaissance. Instead, it’s a subtle, arguably more refined, influence. It’s about understated touches in retro lapel shapes, contrasting colour combinations, denims, and flared pant silhouettes.
Other styles that have been represented on runways include sporty themes in the form of preppy polo-style shirts, Asianinfluenced comfort in the form of slouchy kimono-style trench coats, as well as edgy shirtdresses with drop waists and double high slits.
One word: shoulders. It has just become your sexiest and most fashionable asset. A reinvention of last year’s off-shoulder look, one-shoulder cuts is the new thing. The less-is-more, shoulderbaring approach is perfect for date nights, and is –thankfully – a very easy and comfortable style to adopt.
In the accessories department, it’s time to get yourself a medium-sized obi belt. Going in hand with the kimono-styled coats, the versatile belt offers a casual chic that is also a flattering, waist-whittling accompaniment to any outfit. Complete the look with plumes, feather ruffs and decorative tassels, which are also featured on the runways.