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It's a wrap: Fashion trends that lit up the runways

March 9, 2015

A look from the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2015 collection.

NEW YORK — At New York Fashion Week, which wrapped last month, we said goodbye to Lincoln Center’s signature tents and hello to trends for fall/winter 2015.

Many designers gave a nod to the cliche "everything old is new again" by refreshing and remixing past trends for today’s style savvy. Others embodied the spirit of the chilly season by working in colors and luscious layers that capture its hibernative hush.

So when the temperatures drop next fall, there will be lots of versatile trends to heat up ready-to-wear fashion. Here’s a runway recap of some of them:

That ’70s show: The decade was probably designers’ single-most cited inspiration for fall 2015. Some capitalized on the glamour of the era, while others channeled its laid-back, hippie-chic vibe. But rather than literally translating the fashions of the times for today, designers used references sparingly — a little tweed here, lots of fringe there. Plus there was the occasional fitted, high-waisted pant with flared bottom paired with a blousy top. Groovy!

Fur foray: It was hard to miss it — Fur was everywhere. It covered coats and hats. It trimmed sleeves and necklines and hemlines of skirts and dresses. Even handbags came in all-over fur varieties. Designers did it in real and faux in colors such as chocolate, black, charcoal and tan. Furrier-to-the-stars Dennis Basso even tried it in camo by subtly swirling shades together. For the ultimate casual-luxe look, designers such as Ralph Lauren and Zac Posen paired a fur hat or top, respectively, with evening wear.

Strong meets sensual: Several designers created collections with an image in mind of a woman who can hold her own but also has a softer, seductive side. This came through in pin-striped wrap dresses and suits, moody hues, luxe laces and androgynous-meets-feminine silhouettes.

Statement outerwear: Beat the cold weather blues next fall by bundling up in coats of many colors and styles. Peacoats, cape coats, quilted jackets and ones accented in everything from sparkle to shearling flooded runways. For an extra dose of coziness, designers added an oversized scarf or stole to the mix.

Hair hardware and bold accessories: Break out your hair clips — They’re back! Designers dressed up models’ hair for the runway with simple accessories such as hair combs slipped into long locks or skinny barrettes used to hold back a low ponytail. Accessories also caught the eye, usually because of their size. Dangling chandelier earrings and long necklaces with oversized pendants were the most common kinds.

Embellished to the max: Designers drenched everything from day-to-day separates to red carpet-worthy dresses in beading, jewels and sequins. Other options: feathers (as trim or all-over accents on skirts or dresses) and embroidery.

Toned-down hues: Timed with New York Fashion Week, forecasters at Pantone released their color report for the season, predicting that the "it" palette for fall will include dried herb, desert sage, stormy weather blue, oak buff, Biscay Bay teal, reflecting pond (a cool blue), cadmium orange, cashmere rose, amethyst orchid and marsala, the Pantone color of the year for 2015. Designers seemed to agree with the color forecast, taking a break from the sugary winter pastels and bright color pops that were popular on fall and winter runways in recent years. This time, it was all about neutrals and muted shades, complemented by rich jewel tones.

Boots, boots and more boots: Looks got leggy with boots of all heights: short, below the knee, at the knee and thigh-high. They cropped up in all sorts of neutrals and were paired with both pants and formal looks, often playing peek-a-boo as they came into sight through a slit in a gown or a long flowing skirt.

 

 



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