Hundreds of fashionistas, socialites and designers recently gathered in New York and London for Fashion Week. Sure, the average Scottie can’t afford the thousand-dollar designs that roamed the runways, but here are the trends you can expect from the well-known Forever 21 clothes you actually buy.
First off, prepare yourself for the return of the 90’s! Ohne Titel, Alexandre Herchovitch and Preen all sent crop tops down the runways of New York and designers borrowed prints from the decade, with Peter Som, Proenza Schouler and Diane von Furstenburg all delivering bright, splashy, flower-inspired prints that bear no small resemblance to a skirt I owned eleven years ago. But just because the 90’s are back doesn’t mean the 80’s are over; the bright, nigh-acetic colors of the eighties were all over the runways. Jason Wu (favorite designer of Michelle Obama) finished his show with a bright-yellow ball gown with an asymmetrical hem and Peter Som showed a neon-pink skirt.
The 90’s aren’t the only decade experience resurgence; thanks to the popularity and glamour of the 1960s era in popular show, Mad Men, full skirts were revamped in both London and New York—but don’t think traditional full skirts—think bigger and more dramatic. In London, Peter Pilotto showed a dramatic, knee-length full skirt shot through with gold thread and in New York Oscar de la Renta presented a melodramatic, full-length red skirt that spread from one side of the runway to the other.
But it wasn’t all retro femininity—quite the contrary. In both cities, there were sporty touches galore, both from designers who do nothing but sportswear, like Michael Kors, to designers like Alexander Wang using mesh and Clements Ribeiro featuring dresses with racerback-style cut outs.
And then, of course, there were the designers who stick with their same, classic aesthetic; completely immune to trend. Balmain and Versace featured gaudy (perhaps even tacky), embellished party dresses in bright colors with gold adornments, Elie Saab showed the usual collection of gorgeous, feminine dresses in pastels (expect to see some of those come Oscar night) and Dolce & Gabbana, showing their last collection ever in Milan, had their usual combination of bright, flashy, and Italian-sexy.
But what does this all mean for the average college student? Chances are you won’t be buying a $12,000, bright yellow Oscar dress any time soon (though to be fair, I don’t know your life). But when you’re shopping for Spring Fling you’ll have an idea of your options will be; bright colors, florals, or sportswear-inspired looks and hopefully, puke free.