SS and AW 23: What Are The Trends Burning Up The Runways?
Runway looks are often a world apart from ready-to-wear or what we see on fashionistas out in the real world. Every year, as the seasons begin to change, runways are set up all over the world, and designers go into overdrive preparing their models for a jaunt down that long white walkway in their most exciting creations. They float, they shimmy, they prance draped in warming winter fabrics, or floaty summertime bits and pieces that will quickly be broadcast into the lives of fashion lovers all over the globe. From Dune London boots to Skall Studio waistcoats to Balmain shifts, we are treated to a rainbow of looks from inside the minds of the greatest designers on the planet.
As this flurry of fashion activity commences every year, the question looming large in the minds of the world’s fashion fiends is this: what are the new trends going to be, and are any old trends going to hold onto their spots? Let’s take a look at the SS and AW looks that are the hottest on the world’s runways and have secured themselves a place in trend history going into the new year.
The White Tank
This one might sound like a little bit of a no-brainer, but it’s already been seen on more than one runway this season (Prada, Bottega Veneta, Alessandro Lucioni). The classic white tank is making a comeback, even though we sort of feel like it never left! With the lean towards trans-seasonal dressing rather than buying items that work solely for one season, we’re seeing the tank on its own but also layered up with long stocking sleeves underneath (a la Y2K), under jackets and coats, but also solo.
A trend that has come and gone over the years, from Laura Ashley twin sets to the Aeron ribbed sets we’ve just seen at Copenhagen Fashion Week, the matching set has secured its place in the coming year’s trends once again. Don’t be daunted by buying a matching set if it’s something you haven’t done before; remember that you can break it down and wear it as separates, then build up to one complete look if it feels like a lot to start with.
Glitter The House Down
It was big in the 60s, it was big in the 70s, it was big in the 90s, and now glitter is back to claim its place on this season’s runways. 3.1 Philip Lim, Erdem, and 16Arlington are all showing exciting glitter look that many people feel don’t translate easily into daily wear. We say; if you aren’t wearing glitter, why are you even leaving the house? Asymmetrical skirts, jumpsuits, body skimming minis; we’re here for all of it.
We can all agree that denim has been a worldwide staple since it moved away from being solely for workwear purposes. It’s never truly gone out of style, though its appearance and texture may have changed on and off over the years. This season we’re seeing a lot of denim on the runway again, but in new and unexpected hues and forms. Ganni is showing metallic, oil-slick hues; Jade Cropper is going slightly post-apocalyptic and washed out; P.L.N. is going head to toe with an interesting corset-like look. Take risks this season and dare to be slightly different with your denim.
Is there ever a bad time to wear something sheer? Unless you count church and youngsters’ birthday parties, we don’t think so! Sheer had a huge moment in the 70s when everyone wore as little as humanly possible. In the 90s. We were treated to “sheer round 2” with a slightly more industrial angle, and now, sheer is back. Back again for another round of barely there looks. Soulland and Rotate both showed sheer at Copenhagen Fashion Week on gloriously curvy models; sporty netting with a collar and 70s style crochet and ruffles, respectively.
The Oversized Blazer
This is nothing new; the oversized blazer has been with us in one form or another for the last year, more or less, and it’s on the runways again. Nensi Dojaka is showing neutrals with pronounced shoulders and sharp lines, Gelso is showing a very 90s Dad look that we can’t get enough of, and Amiri is going broad, as broad as can be. This is such an easy look to style for formal, casual, and everything in between.
These are our current faves for the upcoming year and hopefully beyond as well.