The most exciting shift in fashion right now is the move to maximalism. It comes in many guises, but the most obvious lies in fashion eccentricity. Alessandro Michele at Gucci has led the way with this trend, offering an abundance of mixed prints and color. For those who lack proficiency in mixing prints, this season offers many dresses and coats already embodying the trend with contrasting outlines and ornate embellishments.
Off-the-shoulder is without a doubt the biggest trend this season. We’ve seen this look on and off the runway, in almost every incarnation possible. Tibi was the first to embrace the popular trend with their minimal aesthetic, and now we have Chloe’s bohemian interpretation, clean architectural lines from The Row, and a modern evening look from Monse.
Ruffles are the embellishment of choice for spring. We even saw this trend embraced on the red carpet this awards season. Ruffles can be playful and girly or tailored and modern, adorning crisp cotton shirts. Designers who successfully rethought ruffles this season include Proenza Schouler, Erdem, and Tome.
In terms of everyday dressing, everything is loosening up this season. Hemlines are longer, shapes are softer and fabrics are light! Contemporary brands like Tibi and Joseph have really embraced the long lean silhouette and soft tonal color palette. The focus is still on cut, however—relaxed but not oversized. Some key pieces to add to your wardrobe for spring are the relaxed wide-leg pant and the slip dress.
Slip On Flat – Alexander McQueen, Victoria Beckham, Rag & Bone
Spring calls for ease and effortlessness, which is why flats are still the key footwear trend for the season. My favorite new shape is the slip-on, first loved at Gucci, but also seen at Victoria Beckham and Acne. They’re chic, understated, and best of all, comfortable!