FW 16/17 Trend Overview with Condé Nast
The Fashion environment has been changing at an extremely rapid pace where we’ve went from the traditional seasonal collection to a transition of crossover, capsule collection, cruise collection to even new models such “Buy Now Wear Now”. A designer’s pressure has become stronger than ever for this decade of evolving technology and ever-changing consumer behaviors (on a global scale). We’ve been seeing probably a century of trends mashed up into several seasons going from the 1920’s all the way up to the 80’s grunge era and 90’s sports trend.
For Fall Winter you can expect to find top 12 trends that have resurged from the past where it seems were going into an era of abundance, extravagance, and curiosity to create a statement/impact on how we dress. Last week, at the Condé Nast center in Shanghai, Zhang Chi张亦, previous editor of Vogue China (6 years), who’s worked with the industry’s most prominent photographers and models, gives us a general overview on FW women’s wear trends where we’ll give you a comprehensive and easy summary below.
1. Velvet is not a new trend that just appeared, it has been on the runway for quite some time now, but this year its really been showcased from a head to toe look, whether its monochromatic, mix match or diverse colors/pallets/shades showcased together. Before Velvet was constricted to a sample piece to create a key accessory look, but now we’re seeing this full out with colors such as yellow, black, green, red and even mustard yellow pallets.
2. Interior Motives, are European tapestry like prints showcased on apparel. This is showcased often through Baroque and still life inspired tapestry prints.
3. Street Success is a trend that keep on re-appearing season after season where we can probably thank Alexander Wang’s vision for this. At first we use to think that street style look was only for “children” but now it grew into an undeniable commercial success where were seeing more and more designer jump into this new movement.
4. Period Pieces through the Edwardian and the Victorian Era of affluence wealth and abundance. Were seeing large cake like chokers inspired from the Victorian Era, where Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele, is leaning on a more aristocratic time for his collections FW and SS.
5. Futurism and futuristic trends is something that is not new but is still going strong with the support of big luxury power houses such as LV with Nicolas Ghesquière who often takes his inspirations from futuristic movies, electronic music and icons.
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6.Into the Gloss, for fall winter the colors are usually kept to dark shades with strong hint for fetishism, especially for the shoes . This is a particularly difficult look to pull off, however during the runway, for editorial purposes mostly, we’re presented with highly vibrant colors in order to optimize our editorial stories and impact.
7. The Puffer Jacket, something that is coming back with a mix of street-style XL trend. We’ve had the focus that overly large puffy jackets were not very flattering, but with new cuts and colors, the puff jacket is coming into play where you can happily stay warm for this season.
8. Menswear is something that has been a FW14/15 trend as well. Going from the Boyfriend shirt to create a simple statement to the overall loose suit can create a really strong impact on women, especially if they have a very feminine appearance. Cotton, checks, plaids and diverse patterns and textures are showcased this season to play with the menswear look.
9. L’après Ski , sports apparel mixed with casual winterwear is often created with l’Apres Ski look where Iceberg, Moncler, Simonetta Ravizza, Lacoste, and Massimo Dutti have been focusing on this look for FW. The ski collection is most likely inspired by the 2016 Olympics as well as the overall sports streetstyle movement.
10. Human vs Machina, Machine trend that is divided between sustainability and nature, going to our roots versus high technology, digital printing, smart fabrics and more which has been strongly inspired through this years Met Ball.
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Content interviewed by Zhang Chi, former Vogue Editor at Condé Nast Shanghai