More than ever, the catwalk is the percolator of fashion trends. Some are portable, designed with a strong sense of who the end consumer will be. Others are not, especially during a pandemic.
(We’re looking at you, Miu Miu’s quilted bodysuit.)
As fashion week presentations in New York, London, Milan and Paris once again take place on computer screens, retailers are forced to hedge their bets on trends they may not have. never seen in the flesh. The market information platform Edited, however, unboxed the Fall / Winter 21-22 collections to identify the most commercially promising silhouettes, colors, prints and details.
From puffer-sleeved romance to provocative cutouts, here’s a look at the seven F / W 21-22 trends savvy retailers need to know as they prepare for a pandemic rebound.
No fashion category loses its relevance over the past 12 months has been more prominent than second-hand clothing. The designers, however, are preparing for its comeback with vengeance.
Fashion that beams with joy is just around the corner, Edited said, noting that the F / W 21-22 collections were unusually bright with hot pink, red, royal blue and yellow trends.
Animal and psychedelic prints, seen in the LaQuan Smith and House of Sunny collections, added to the party atmosphere, while a list of luxury mainstays like Versace, Lanvin and Prada draw inspiration from ’80s influences. Head-to-toe sequins, wide sleeves and mini dresses were on the menu.
In this theme, evening shoes have a chance to win big wins. Although comfort and sneakers have dominated conversations in the women’s footwear category for years, Edited has reported a resurgence of high heels on virtual catwalks, including platforms, square toes, strappy sandals, and Marys. Janes.
“Mini bags, chunky rings and trendy bracelets are easy purchases to make your assortment story come true,” said Edited.
A confluence of pandemic trends – from the soft aesthetic of the cottagecore and the rise of the nap dress to Netflix’s instant hit with “Bridgerton” – has given the designers a pass to delve into the decadent fashion of the Regency era.
The ‘Bridgerton’ inspired looks were featured by Erdem, Marni and Simone Rocha, “signaling the continued success of the royal looks in the mass market,” Edited said.
A-line skirts, maxi dresses and empire waist dresses are among the options marketed for this otherwise opulent trend. Another avenue to take for retailers: accessories worthy of royalty. Female hair accessories, gloves and other accessories embellished with pearls and beads enhance the dynamic of the beginner.
The trend is also freeing up space for pastels, which Edited said were “unusually present on the catwalk”. Look for dusty pink, lavender, sky blue, and white to infuse a sense of calm and whimsy into fall collections.
Cozy fashion… for fall… revolutionary. The knitwear and outerwear from the F / W 21-22 collections, however, are the exception to the typical basics that designers offer each season. The key is to give thrill-hungry consumers something they can’t live without.
“Texture is a crucial part of this trend, so incorporate fluffy fabrics and faux fur, the latter of which increased 8% in new season sales between fall 2020 and 2019,” Edited said.
And with a “duvet cover” showing no signs of slowing down, Edited pointed out unconventional knit shapes and quilted coats with sartorial details like shawl collars, as signs that function hasn’t completely replaced the fabric. fashion. Max Mara has advocated for layering chic wool coats, while Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons’ creative wedding at Prada will have everyone hanging on to their jacket in the fall.
A lot has changed over the past year, but one thing that has remained the same is the fashion lust for the ’70s. The retro leather jackets and flare jeans that were all the rage last fall are changing. towards a more bohemian aesthetic centered on cashmere prints, tie-dye and fringes.
“The 1970s stood out as one of the most business trends to invest in, drawing parallels with the change in politics and the protest culture we see today,” said Edited.
Rooted in classic earth tones, the nostalgic theme serves as “[palate] cleanser ”to the most daring evening wear of the season, Edited noted. Platform shoes, cowboy boots, snake prints and scarves add a touch of decade-old rock’n’roll glamor.
Has one year of distance learning sparked a desire for classic style for the start of the school year? All the signs on the bridge indicate a resounding “yes”. From pleated skirts and cardigans to a plethora of blazers, nods to pre-school chic were commonplace in the collections of Dior, DSquared2, Alice & Olivia and more.
The trend also has good bones. Checks, according to Edited, represent 10% of patterned clothing sales in the past three months. The ready-made pattern is great for ensembles, costumes, and outerwear, and it pairs with other on-trend designs like checkerboard, diamonds, and diamonds to create a strong merchandising story.
“Complete the look by taking note of designers like Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, with letterman jackets and berets, or Elizabetta Franchi, who channeled the rich aesthetic of the horse’s daughter with jodhpurs and tall boots,” said Edited.
Cutouts, a trend that first appeared in the Spring / Summer 21 collections, are set to continue through the colder months. Jonathan Simkhai’s comfy midi dresses with bold cutouts and MSGM’s knit bra tops styled with shirts are examples of how designers are fusing comfort and sex appeal.
Other elements abandon the practical aspect. The sheer fabrics, corsets and daring slits found in the collections of David Koma, Versace and Givenchy go naturally to the theme of the season’s evening outfits.
Bras and sequins aside, don’t undo loungewear right away. “As second-hand clothing took center stage, designers continued to include aspects of loungewear in their collections, with comfort now being built into people’s designs and lifestyles,” said Edited.
Designers are refining their approach to casual and casual fashion. Edité emphasized stirrup leggings as a directional bottom for trend-oriented brands, while loose jeans and pants show versatility for life after the pandemic.