By Sarah Gardner
Fashion speaks louder than words and this fall is no exception. We’ve scoured the September issues of all the top fashion magazines and found some trends that were common across all of them, which means they are sure to be big in stores and in our closets.
These trends include everything from the color red, Studio 54-era shimmer, western revival, and a new take on the fanny pack. So fall is back and so is a fresh array of ready to wear trends. Let’s see what we can look forward to this season.
Are You Red-y?
The most pronounced trend on the runways this season was RED. From apparel to accessories, red is the cardinal rule for color. Red is symbolic of many things including love and passion, but most notably has been the color of activism in the recent political scene, “A Day Without a Woman Movement,” encouraging all women to strike and wear red for one day protesting gender inequality. Red also makes a striking appearance in the popular Hulu original “The Handmaid’s Tale”, in which the color symbolizes the fertility of handmaids living in a authoritarian society in which women are treated as government property. We saw this bold statement color all over the runways of Valentino, Max Mara, Prada, and even an all-red collection from Givenchy. So, trendsetters, are you red-y for red?
Givenchy Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show
Inspired by the days of Studio 54 and the space age, this next trend is out of this world. With August bringing us the recent solar eclipse, a record-breaking 665-day space expedition from Peggy Whitson, and a rocket launch last spring, designers certainly have their eyes set on the future. Saint Laurent showed a disco-inspired collection, while on Chanel’s runway we saw an intergalactic line-up featuring slick silvers and glitter boots. Maison Margiela, Balenciaga, and Miu Miu also offered their far-out interpretations.
Chanel Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show.
Wild, Wild, West
Designers saddled up for a trip back in time to feature a western revival on the runways. Drifting away from last season’s short skirts and form-fitting silhouettes, designers took a posh prairie approach to their collections. Designers showed bohemian prints, 70s silhouettes, and lots of fringe. From cowhide prints by Ashley Williams and Balmain, to Stella McCartney’s steel-toed booties, we can officially say the West is back. So kick off your boots and stay awhile.
Balmain Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show
The Pack is Back
The 80s fanny pack is newly reincarnated and dubbed “the belt bag”. Once viewed as a purely utilitarian item, the belt bag combines functionality and style to form a new, hot accessory. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Prada were first to roll out the belt bag and we continue to see interpretations from Alexander Wang, Chanel, and others. The belt bag ranges in materials from leather to suede and is no longer just for the waist, but for cross body wear as well.
Designers have traveled off the beaten path to create stunning and daring collections this season. From political color to 80s resurrections, these trends have captured fall style in an exciting way. Add them to your wardrobe and you’ll be dressed to kill.
Balmain Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show. (2017, March 02). Retrieved August 31, 2017, from http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2017-ready-to-wear/balmain/slideshow/ collection#47
CALVIN KLEIN Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show. (2017, February 13). Retrieved August 31, 2017, from http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2017-ready-to-wear/calvin-klein/ slideshow/collection#3
Chanel Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show. (2017, March 07). Retrieved August 31, 2017, from http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2017-ready-to-wear/chanel/slideshow/ collection#47
Givenchy Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show. (2017, March 06). Retrieved August 31,2017, from http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2017-ready-to-wear/givenchy/slideshow/ collection#4
Jil Sander Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show. (2017, February 25). Retrieved August 31,2017, from http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2017-ready-to-wear/jil-sander/slideshow/ collection#41
Paco Rabanne Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear Fashion Show. (2017, March 02). Retrieved August 31, 2017, from http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2017-ready-to-wear/paco-rabanne/ slideshow/collection#6
The Symbolism of the Color Red in The Handmaid’s Tale. (2017, May 10). Retrieved September 05, 2017, from https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/05/the-symbolism-of-the-color-red-in-the-handmaids-tale