I'm just back from Magic Market Week in Las Vegas and per usual, the highlight of my time at the trade shows was a visit to the Trend Gallery created by New York-based fashion forecasting firm and industry favorite Fashion Snoops. I attended their highly informative trend forecasting seminar for fall/winter 2014/2015. Given my background in fashion forecasting and my passion for wanting to know what's next on the quickly evolving trend cycle, their presentations are must-see events for me at Magic Market Week. (You may recall the spring summer 2014 trend forecast and the fall winter 2013 2014 trend forecast that I published after previous trips to Magic Market Week.) So what are the four key fashion trends that Fashion Snoops is forecasting for fall 2014 and winter 2015?
Read on for brief summaries of their four fashion trends, and let me know which one is your favorite by tweeting me @thekeytochic.
The first trend, Rocker, is where elements of 1970s punk collide with 1990s grunge. Expect sleek leathers and destroyed denim as key materials, joined by moody plaids and florals in dark hues. Trims add to the tough nature of the Rocker theme with embellishments such as studs, zippers, and buckles. For the Junior market, the trend can go simple with layers of plaids contrasted against soft chiffon-like fabrics. Key colors include metallics, gray, purplish royal, blues, burgundy, navy, black, and deep reds.
Materials that drive the Rocker trend are flannel, mesh, mohair (love this coat), mixed media, sheer knits, vintage denim, chiffon, leather, vinyl, colored fur, and patchwork denim. Patterns are atmospheric, with moody landscapes, monochromatic plaids, photoreal imagery, and abstract animal styles rounding out the tough mix. Key items for the Rocker trend are the sheer maxi skirt, studded wrap skirt, modified biker jacket (like this chic version), parka, mixed media pant, long duster, slim pants, and leather sweater. Accessories include: studs, buckles, sleek materials, nylon, pony hair, exposed zippers, chains, moto boots, leather backpacks, and lug soles (like on these boots).
Pro Sport is a continuation of activewear and athletic references powered by technical fabric advances, an active lifestyle movement, and motocross inspiration. Neoprene comes to the forefront with sculpted and pliable shapes, while leather commands attention in sporty perforated and quilted styles. Color blocking and geometric motifs reinforce the trend in new colors and shapes. Important colors for Pro Sport are gold, red, royal, navy, and olive.
Materials such as leather, neoprene, jersey, nylon and mixed media are key. Shapes can be boxy or peplum, with key items including: the quilted bomber jacket, quilted sweatshirt (I adore this studded one), boxy sweater, drawstring pants, turtleneck, perforated leather pants, and the color blocked sheath dress. Accessories include: bright accents, high gloss patent, elastic, perforated leather, rubber, vinyl, open mesh (see these modern heels as an example), lug soles, active soles in contrasting colors, and quilted ankle boots. Quilting is everywhere for this trend. (I love quilting so much that I got a head start on the trend by buying this versatile textured top and these adorable printed pants.)
The third trend, Boudoir, is a soft and feminine conversation in which references of old Hollywood starlets and Victorian gentlemen fuse with an underlying pajama reference. Boudoir is full of luxe indulgences such as silk, jacquard, and velvet (like on this glam maxi dress). Prints and patterns mimic the wall papered hallways of legendary hotels with ditsy florals (like on this cute skirt) and tie prints, while delicate trims like ostrich feathers play up glamour. Soft shades like powdery blues, lilac, vanilla, and pale pink mix with deeper jewel tones.
Materials for Boudoir are: satin, brushed silk, lace, charmeuse, cashmere, jacquard, colored leather, PVC, brocade and tweed. Patterns include: silk tie prints, ditsy florals, conversational, geometric diamond, soft plaids, and soft ginghams. Shapes can be 1950s with fit and flare skirts and boxy jackets. Key items for Boudoir are the oversized coat, pencil skirt, embellished sheath dress, and silk suit. Bows, metal accents, delicate chains, feathers, ruffles (like on this pretty textured top), and pearl embellishments are key details. Accessories include: flats, Mary Janes, cameos, top-handle bags, fur scarves, loafers, smoking slippers, strappy sandals, cat eye glasses, knit beanies, embellished belts, and ankle socks.
The fourth and final trend is called Folkloric, which channels the boho glamour of the '60s and '70s in a mix of bohemian and folk. The trend can go two ways: clean with simple lines, or very embellished with mixed materials. Rich tapestry fabrics are at the heart of this trend, which is inspired by the carefree attitudes of the era's musicians and their model girlfriends. Plush, textured materials, embroidery, patchwork, and appliqué create a creative yet cohesive mix, while furs and cozy shearlings enhance the bohemian vibe. Embroidery, border prints, and print mixing are key. Colors include: blues, deep reds, warm neutrals, honey tones, and red-casted browns. Materials are a play of soft and heavy. For example, chiffon and shearling or fur and silk charmeuse. Patterns are abstract ethnic, baroque swirls, retro geometrics, and blanket stripes (like on this cute coat I just got).
Key items for Folkloric are the sheer blouse, flared pants in suede or twill, the blanket cardigan, winter shorts, the blanket coat, tapestry overcoats, maxi dresses under sweaters, fur coats, matched sets, and mixed media sweatshirts. Accessories can go clean or embellished. Fringe, embroidery, and mixed materials come into play. Materials for accessories include: pony hair, fringe (adore this bag), wooden heels, studs, and feathers. Smoking slippers continue for both men and women, as does the wide-brimmed hat.
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