Wow. NYFW was absolutely amazing!!! I’ll have a much more personal post up tomorrow, but today, I am giving you the Spring/Summer 2015 comprehensive lowdown. I’ve broken everything down by top/bottom/shoe categories, as well as fabrics, textures, accessories, color combos, and even styling trends to try. When I say comprehensive, I very much mean that I need a table of contents for this post! It’s literally a style bible for spring. You’re most welcome.
In a nutshell, Spring 2015 is looking unflinchingly kick-A, athletic-sexy, so get excited!
Slim, meshy tank cuts are showing off those toned arms, while loose, boxy-tee shapes lend a casual-cool vibe; this mix is so indicative of next spring’s style.
Sporty Shapes + Fabrics
Designers from left to right: DKNY, Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Elizabeth + James, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Mara Hoffman, Kate Spade, Clover Canyon, Jonathan Simpkhai.
The sweatshirt is continuing to mix things up in the traditionally tailored-and-polished world. Such a rebel, that sweatshirt.
Sporty Sweats + Sweaters
Designers left to right: L.A.M.B., Prabal Gurung, L.A.M.B., Naeem Khan, Tibi, Sachin Babi, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël, ADEAM, Alexander Wang.
Crop tops are stayyyyyying, and come in all sorts of fun silhouettes. They’re still largely (and tastefully) paired with high-waists (just a few navels bared), so no need to stress.
Designers left to right: L.A.M.B., Marc by Marc Jacobs, Erin Fetherston, Tibi, Tibi, Rebecca Taylor, Kate Spade, Mara Hoffman, Christian Siriano.
Designers left to right: Nicole Miller, Alice + Olivia, Milly, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone, Jonathan Simkhai, Diane von Furstenberg, Diane von Furstenberg.
Cargos are not just pants, anymore….
Designers left to right: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Rodarte, Marissa Webb, Zimmermann, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs, Marc Jacobs.
Baseball jackets are the new moto jacket. They were seen eheheheheverywhere. It’s definitely the new “It Girl” in the jacket world. She plays very well during the day, and knows how to glam a party all night. She comes in all sorts of cuts (regular + cropped), prints, solids, and textures – you literally can’t go wrong, if you close your eyes and blindly pick one from a stack. There is even baseball-inspired detailing seen on tops and pants, alike – it’s omnipotent!
Evening, Casual, Preppy.
Designers left to right: Alexander Wang, Jonathan Simpkhai, Donna Karan, Yigal Azrouël, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ralph Lauren, Maison Kitsune, DKNY, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël.
Prints, Day, Night.
Designers left to right: Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël, Alice + Olivia, L.A.M.B., J.Crew, Tess Giberson, Sachin Babi, Alexander Wang, DKNY, Alexander Wang.
Not to be out-done by bombers, the vest had some major moments, as well. Its oversized, long length instantly adds a wonderful, effortless, sophistication to a look, making cropped, denim vests look like the ugly stepsister. This Cinderella piece was seen worn as a top, coat, and layering piece (even as a dress, as I point out later on).
The Sleeveless Jacket
Fit: oversized/long. Worn as a top, coat, or layering piece.
Designers left to right: Opening Ceremony, Opening Ceremony, Vera Wang, Rag & Bone, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël, BCBG Max Azria, Sally LaPointe, Marissa Webb, ADEAM.
Wide legs are backkk, and they are drapey, breezy, slightly slouchy, and gorge.
Wide Leg Long
Designers left to right: Alice + Olivia, Misha Nonoo, Jason Wu, L.A.M.B., Hellessy, ADEAM, Jason Wu, Hellessy, Alice + Olivia.
Move over skinnies! Cropped wide legs are the new length and silhouette for spring…. They’re not the easiest to pull off in a flattering way, but find the right cut, and they’ll be your breezy-comfy, spring/summer go-to.
Wide Leg Cropped
Designers left to right: Carolina Herrera, Monique Lhuillier, Tibi, Rachel Zoe, Elizabeth + James, Jenny Packham, Tess Giberson, Rebecca Taylor, Elizabeth + James.
Designers left to right: Mara Hoffman, Vivienne Tam, Tibi, ADEAM, Donna Karan, Opening Ceremony, Rodebjer, Rebecca Taylor, ADEAM.
Told you spring 2015 was sporty! Jogger pants aren’t just for jogging anymore, Ma. They’re seen in suiting, day, and night wear. Just be sure to skip the frumpy terry/sweatshirt materials (unless very tailored, like Alexander Wang’s), and go for more polished materials like: silks, tweeds, or even sequins.
Designers left to right: Naeem Khan, Tomas Maier, Alexander Wang, Tess Giberson, Naeem Khan, Nicholas K, Elizabeth + James, Tibi, Naeem Khan.
Oh, boy. Just the word “culottes” conjures a bitter taste in my mouth, but the ones I saw marching down runways were done so well, that I just might pop a peppermint and sport some, come warmer weather next year. Not so bad, at all….
Designers left to right: Tibi, Tibi, Opening Ceremony, Jonathan Simkhai, Opening Ceremony, J.Crew, Alice + Olivia, Victoria Beckham, Elie Tahari.
Shorts are wide, and long. Very sophisticatedly tomboy-ish. Love.
Wide and long.
Designers left to right: Monique Lhuillier, J.Crew, Zoe Jordan, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Rebecca Taylor, Clover Canyon, Rebecca Taylor, Sachin Babi.
While there was scarce a moto jacket to be seen, moto still popped up here and there in edgy details, as seen in Alexander Wang’s collection. Love the details on these pants, in particular.
Designers left to right: Prabal Gurung + L.A.M.B.
Jumpsuits are still huge for spring, and got an airy, cropped, wide-leg update (some with peek-a-boo detailing, which I cover a bit, below).
Cut: cropped wide leg
Skirts! There were so many beautiful skirts! Midi, layered, pencil, ball gown – you name it. Love it.
Designers left to right: Christian Siriano, Michael Kors, Monique Lhuillier, Erin Fetherston, Alice + Olivia, Alice + Olivia, Kate Spade, DKNY, Oscar de la Renta.
Designers left to right: Donna Karan, Milly, Lela Rose, Lela Rose, Oscar de la Renta, DKNY, Donna Karan, Kate Spade, Michael Kors.
Designers left to right: Zimmerman, Rebecca Taylor, Rebecca Taylor, Zimmermann, BCBG Max Azria, Zimmermann, Prabal Gurung, Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren.
Designers left to right: Alice + Olivia, Christian Siriano, Naeem Khan, Naeem Khan, Carolina Herrera, Naeem Khan.
Matching separates are still going strong, and were just beautifully done by so many designers. Here are some of my faves!
Designers left to right: Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta, J. Crew, Kate Spade New York, Diane von Furstenberg, DKNY, Elizabeth + James, ADEAM.
Designers left to right: Donna Karan, Tory Burch, Diane von Furstenberg, Jonathan Simkhai, ADEAM, Milly, Oscar de la Renta, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël, Diane von Furstenberg.
So. When it comes to dresses, you’ll have loads of options. From sporty mesh, to floaty, feminine ruffles, to plunging deep-Vs, to tailored vest-styles, you will have something to fit your every spring mood.
Designers left to right: Vivienne Tam, Jonathan Simkhai, Alexander Wang, Lela Rose, Vivienne Tam, Vivienne Tam, Alexander Wang, Vivienne Tam.
Designers left to right: BCBG Max Azria, J. Mendel, BCBG Max Azria, Rebecca Taylor, Naeem Khan, Alice + Olivia, Alice + Olivia, Pamella Roland.
Plunge-V + Midi Length
Designers left to right: Pamella Roland, Jason Wu, Tracy Reese, Boss, Naeem Khan, Michael Kors, Michael Kors, Tome.
Designers left to right: Marissa Webb, Tome, Elizabeth + James, Peter Som, Theory, Rachel Zoe.
Spotted: Peek-a-Boo Detailing in Dresses + Jumpsuits
Designers left to right: Lela Rose, Pamella Roland, Michael Kors, Rebecca taylor, Pamella Roland, Michael Kors, Lela Rose, Rachel Zoe, Marc Jacobs.
So, heels – especially strappy sandals – still abound in pretty much every designer’s line, but sporty flats are making a 90s comeback in a huge way. We’ve seen the ugly Birkenstock trend (still hurts my heart and my eyes), and while this trend is still sticking around, designers have thankfully made some pretty-ish updates to the ugly shoe (thank you, L.A.M.B., Kate Spade, and Oscar de la Renta!!). In addition to the updated Birkenstock, we also saw a plethora of slip-ons, sporty sandals, and tennis shoes. All of these sporty flats were paired with classic, tailored suiting, feminine, evening, and casual dresses/skirts, alike. They add a fun balance of casual-tomboy-ease, to the traditionally polished or feminine worlds.
Sporty Flats: Updated Birkenstocks, Sporty Slip-Ons, + Tennies
Designers left to right: L.A.M.B., Kate Spade New York, Oscar de la Renta, Kate Spade New York, Rag & Bone, Kate Spade New York, Tibi, DKNY, Elizabeth + James.
While I love a good tomboy flat, I also love me some feminine heels, and there were plennnnty to choose from! As I mentioned, there was an abundance of strappy sandal-heels on the runways (J.Crew has some gorgeous ones), but as they’re kind of a staple, I chose to stick with showing you newer designs for this post. I am particularly loving the slip-on heels – I’m obsessed with that middle pair by Donna Karan!!
Sporty Flatforms + Feminine Slip-Ons/Mules
Designers left to right: DKNY, Creatures of the Wind, DKNY, Rachel Zoe, Donna Karan, Alexander Wang, Cynthia Rowley, Tibi, Kate Spade New York.
My preppy side loves that oxfords and loafers are still very relevant this coming spring, and I just wanted to show you some fun designs that I personally love. We’ve got the simple classics, and ones with really cool, edgy designs and details, like snakeskin and studs.
Designers left to right: Sally LaPointe, Oscar de la Renta, Sachin & Babi, Elie Tahari, Marissa Webb, Elie Tahari, Creatures of the Wind, Sally LaPointe, Vera Wang.
Two things jumped out at me in the accessory realm. Statement belts (yay!), and talllll hats (umm, verdict is still out on that one). I’m crazy for these belts, though….
Designers left to right: Sally LaPointe, Tomas Maier, Donna Karan, Chadwick Bell, Donna Karan, Pamella Roland, Creatures of the Wind, Nicholas K, Ralph Lauren, L.A.M.B., Marc Jacobs, Rodarte, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham, Nicholas K.
So, there are tall hats, and there are crazy tall hats. Chandeliers, watch your toes….
Designers left to right: Tibi, Karen Walker (love that whole look!), Donna Karan, Donna Karan.
If you’re not super trendy, like me, knowing and playing with of-the-moment textures (and color combos, for that matter) is a great way to stay current without trying too hard. Spring runways Brought It in the texture department. Among the sea of varied textures, accordion pleats were making a statement everywhere, and in varied, beautiful ways. Skirts, dresses, vests, tops, satins, sweaters, sashes, micro, regular, and large; there was no shortage of its use in spring fashion.
Designers left to right: Tome, Tadashi Shoji, Alexander Wang, Boss, Tracy Reese, ADEAM, Alice + Olivia, J.Crew.
Designers left to right: Tome, J. Mendel, Tome, Alexander Wang, Sass & Bide, J. Mendel, ADEAM.
Another texture that popped up on almost every single runway was a very sports-inspired mesh material. Shorts, dresses, tops, jackets, suiting, belts, detailing – you name it! It was perhaps the trendiest material I saw for spring.
Designers left to right: J.Crew, Clover Canyon, Opening Ceremony, DKNY, Alexander Wang, Elie Tahari, Clover Canyon, Milly, Jonathan Simkhai.
Eyelet was another texture/material that kept popping up here and there, in its quiet, understated, sweet way.
Designers left to right: Lela Rose, Marissa Webb, Tess Giberson, Tess Giberson, Pamella Roland, Kate Spade New York.
Ooooo, it doesn’t get more dramatic and glam than metallic – especially when you are shoulders-to-toes in it! Whether you want to go bold in an entire dress of the slick, shiny stuff, or want to ease into it with just a skirt, some simple separates, or some cool accents, this daring material will definitely help you up your style game this spring.
Designers left to right: Tess Giberson, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Misha Nonoo, Clover Canyon, Christian Siriano, Pamella Roland, Monique Lhuillier.
Satin is another dominant material for spring. I know, mesh to satin; that pretty much sums up spring 2015! Tomboy meets Cinderella. Satin was seen in entire ensembles, and in separates – loving those trousers by Jason Wu!
Designers left to right: Christian Siriano, Jason Wu, Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren, Naeem Khan, Marc Jacobs, Nicholas K, Ralph Lauren.
Lace is definitely not new, but it was so gorgeous, I had to share! That first black-and-white Erin Fetherston dress – a Grace Kelly moment. #swoon
Designers left to right: Erin Fetherston, Tadashi Shoji, Pamella Roland, Tadashi Shoji, Tracy Reese, Erin Fetherston, Rachel Zoe, Zimmermann.
Designers always love a good sheer number it seems, and this season has loads to choose from…
Designers left to right: Prabal Gurung, Erin Fetherston, Alexander Wang, Rag & Bone, Oscar de la Renta, Lela Rose, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg.
Designers left to right: Christian Siriano, Tracy Reese, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, Pamella Roland, Charlotte Ronson.
Although I wouldn’t say it dominated runways, fringe was definitely a little fun guy that kept appearing in big and subtle ways. He definitely had some moments, and is making spring fresh and swishy.
Designers left to right: Sachin & Babi, Proenza Schouler, Oscar de la Renta, Pamella Roland, Christian Siriano, Donna Karan, Elie Tahari, Proenza Schouler, Tory Burch.
While this fall seems to be all about bold graphics, spring is very spring with slightly more subdued florals and fun palm trees (and abstract prints in bright colors, although not shown).
Designers left to right: Tadashi Shoji, Naeem Khan, Rebecca Taylor, Oscar de la Renta, Lela Rose, Michael Kors, Pamella Roland, Lela Rose.
Designers left to right: Monique Lhuillier, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta, Cynthia Rowley, Naeem Khan, Vera Wang, Naeem Khan.
Designers left to right: Tomas Maier, Elizabeth & James, Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël
CONTINUING TRENDING COLORS
As I previously mentioned, a great way to stay current without being overly trendy, is with color! Here are some of the more prominent colors seen on spring runways – styled in monochromatic confections, as well as pops and accents.
Blush, Powder Blue, Scarlet, Lilac, Olive + Hunter Green, All-White, Navy, Orange
Here are some color combos I personally loved….
COLOR COMBOS to TRY
Pair with Blush:
Pair with Powder Blue:
Pair with Lilac (additional pairings):
I love trying new ways to style old thangs. Here are some layerings and pairings I found intriguing, and inspiring.
All photos in this post are via style.com
And that, my fine folk, is all of New York Fashion Week at your very scrolling fingertips. Feeling inspired? I hope so! I know there’s a lot to take in, so feel free to file away for now, and visit again later when it’s time to refresh your spring closet! Sooo, so much to look forward to in spring, but for now, I’m most excited for fall leaves, apple cider, and the promise of cozy holidays…. Cheers to that!!
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