Temperatures may not feel like it on the East Coast, but spring is just around the corner when it comes to the fashion cycle. The glossies have already started promoting their spring fashion previews in the February editions, so start shopping now if you want to be ahead of the curve. But what will emerge on the racks as winter coats and thermals are shelved?
After carefully examining all of the collections that debuted in September, a few not-so-spring-like trends will make their rounds this season, like the pantsuit, which was revived at Christian Dior, Stella McCartney and Saint Laurent.
Graphic checker and windowpane motifs, as seen at Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Pamella Roland, along with bold stripes from designers like Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors in mod-like fashion will replace the typical floral trend for spring.
But fret not floras, there will still be some flowers and ruffles, like at Carolina Herrera and Balenciaga, but exotic brocades and intricate beading as seen as Vera Wang, Prada, Diane von Furstenberg and Tory Burch will bring out the jetsetter in us all.
For those looking to explore in a different way, look no closer than your own skin with a bit of S&M sex appeal as seen at BCBG, Thakoon and Jason Wu and peek-a-boo sheers at Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana. This gang of outsiders, along with Rodarte and Alexander Wang, heavily relied on leather -- yes, leather! -- as spring’s go-to fabric, but there were still some featherweight chiffons and silks like at Prabal Gurung, Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford.
And if the season’s most popular palette of black and white a la Marc Jacobs, Celine and Jil Sander has you down, the antidote of electric color from head-to-toe like at DKNY, Michael Kors and Derek Lam is sure to perk your mood.