Everyone in New York knows fashion week is occurring when the streets are suddenly flooded with people whose outfits spew out every trend that they imagine might be forecasted for next year. These are the “street style enthusiasts” who are rocking attire that only makes sense to fashion people and to outsiders looks…well, crazy. It’s a battle for whose outfit screams the most eccentricity as street photographers snap photos of various attendees on the street.No one ever said fashion was practical and these bloggers/writers/fashion aficionados exemplify that fact.
However, after years of loud and vibrant trends one of the biggest trends of the Spring 2016 season is going back to the basics with more casual pieces. Maybe this is a sign that designers are beginning to shy away from some of the outrageous trends that are unpractical and hard for everyday people to incorporate into their everyday life? For us peons of the world (in other words, non fashion industry folks), we can only hope. Gone are the noisy points and in are the minimalist monotone pieces and simple printed ensembles. Who doesn’t love casual clothing? This is definitely a different approach that I’m excited to see as it is a nice change of pace from some of the fashion extremes that have graced my social media feeds. It feels like for the the first time in a while a trend is more relatable for those outside of the fashion industry.
Some designers that played up this trend in their shows were Opening Ceremony, Derek Lamb, Prabal Gurung, and Rag & Bone.
Prabal Gurung- This simple monotone dress is sexy and elegant without being overbearing.
Derek Lam’s collection was full of simple chambrays.
Rag & Bone- Yet another collection of casual pieces in neutral colors. This collection ranges from clothing suitable for work, a night out, or a daytime excursion. A multipurpose collection? Nothing better.
Opening Ceremony– My favorite collection of them all. Sand + black is one of my most preferred color combinations. The line has a laid back lounge-y feel in it’s pieces such as the over sized sweaters but also has more structured pieces with it’s silhouetted trousers. You could tell the theme of the collection revolved around architecture and the home.
While crazy and out there trends are cool to see, it is exciting to see a time where the less flashy and more relatable clothing is becoming appreciated and I welcome it with open arms. Hopefully this is something we will continue to see in the seasons to come.