Fanny packs trend and resurface in fashion world

Thanks to high-fashion names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang, the fanny pack has become one of the rising trends of 2017.

 

Fanny packs started trickling back into mainstream street-style fashions in the fall of 2016 after appearing in several menswear fashion shows, according to W Magazine. After much collaboration with the street-savvy brand Supreme, Louis Vuitton premiered the fanny pack on the high fashion runway, and since then, the trend has shown up in everyday style.

 

W reported that designer brands like Alexander Wang are marketing the fanny pack as the “hands-free purse” as a nod to its convenience. Even popular celebrities like the Kardashians, A$AP Rocky, Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna have donned fanny packs over the past few months.

 

“All the major designers have come out with fanny packs as part of their collection – notably Supreme Balenciaga, Gucci and Chanel,” Taylor McNickle, an account executive for Uncommon Fashion in Los Angeles, said.

 

“By styling them over the shoulder or like a belt, they’re re-invented to keep it current.”

McNickle said most trends cycle in and out of style. Recent fashion has seen of lot of resurgence from ‘90s style. The fanny pack was a major trend in the ‘90s, which is partially why it has joined the list of other trendy items like scrunchies, Vans shoes as well as casualwear and chokers.

 

McNickle also said social media and “trickledown fashion,” a theory where high fashion is repurposed into obtainable and affordable fashion, were primary reasons for  this resurgence.

 

“If a big-name designer sends a fanny pack to someone like Bella Hadid, it’s going to start a trend,” McNickle said. “In a social media world, our inspirations are models and bloggers because they have so much pull in the fashion community and make or break trends.”

 

The functionality of the fanny pack has been a widely discussed topic as it creeps back into current trends. Fanny packs are stylish, gender-neutral, available in a variety of sizes and do not have to make a statement, which is what makes them practical accessories, according to Forbes.

 

While functional, this trend has come back mostly for stylistic reasons, McNickle said.

 

“I personally do not think designers make something for practical reasons these days,” McNickle said. “Everything is for a picture – people go to the flower market or a festival to get a good Instagram picture, and they wear certain clothes to make a statement in their photo.”

 

In the last several years, fanny packs have seen a gradual rise in interest. The term hit maximum search interest from Sept. 24 to 30, according to statistics on Google Trends. The top searchers in the U.S. for the term “fanny pack” were from California, Hawaii, New York, Nebraska and Louisiana.

 

Erika Ladmirault, a manager at Highland Side boutique in Baton Rouge, has noticed fanny packs coming back into style. Ladmirault said it’s hard to tell why certain things trend and even harder to tell if the trend will last, or if it’s just a short-term “fad.” Things usually begin trending from popular media and, in this case, increased music festival attendance.

 

“The fashion and retail industry constantly prove that everything old will become new again,” Ladmirault said. “As a buyer and store manager, it is very easy to spot a trend whether it be at a market or shopping on my own.”

 

Ladmirault said the fanny pack is only trendy because of its current status as a “fad” in fashion.

 

“I’m not opposed to the idea of fanny packs, but I don’t personally use them,” Ladmirault said. “I don’t think they’ll be the ‘it’ item for very long.”

What is lampshading? The leggy fashion trend, explained

Have you been scrolling through celebrity street style photos lately and thought, ‘Hey, that shirt and boots combo looks strikingly like a lamp!’

 

No? Well, let us elaborate…

 

Lampshading is the pairing of boots with a large or oversized shirt or sweatshirt — and it has been blowing up our Insta-feeds recently. Although the term is less-than-attractive, the idea behind it makes sense — the oversized top is meant to make the silhouette of a lampshade in comparison to the wearer’s legs.

 

The Skimm was one of the first to report on the trend at the end of 2015, originating from the college-chic style of wearing oversized T-shirts over Nike shorts. PopSugarfollowed in 2016 with a gallery predominately of the Kardashian-Jenner clan in it’s evolved form of over-the-knee boots and shirt dresses. Since then, the trend has surged thanks in part to the popularity of thigh and hip-high boots

 

Kylie Jenner, one of the O.G. lampshaders, wore the look to the PrettyLittleThing Campaign Launch on April 11, 2017.

 

The color-blocked look featured an oversized white shirt with embellished shoulders and purple spandex thigh-high Balenciaga boots.

 

Ariana Grande went even more casual, pairing her sparkly over-the-knee boots with an extra large sweatshirt by The Sweetest Language in a thank you post for her birthday on June 26, 2017.

 

Rihanna, queen of trends, has also sported the look while out on the town.

 

She paired an oversized graphic tee with black lace-up, thigh-high boots by Unravel in an Instagram she posted on May 4, 2017.

 

Beyoncé proved the look can work great for maternity fashion.

Inside the Anything-Goes World of Instagram Fast-Fashion

Forget the runway-copying conglomerates. The new breed of fast-fashion designer can turn a social-media trend into affordable clothing in the blink of an eye. Which is exactly as cool—and as ethically complicated–as it sounds.

After the #menswear boom of the mid-to-late aughts, guys began looking in the mirror at their chambray shirts, raw selvedge denim and moc toe boots and wondering what was next for their sartorial lives. It wasn’t long before they were trading in Yuketen for Yeezy, Ralph Lauren for Raf Simons, and A.P.C. for SLP. But swapping heritage gear for high-fashion looks put pressure on their wallets. Fast-fashion retailers like Zara and H&M were there to give them the trends they craved at a fraction of the cost (and often testing the boundary between “inspired by” and outright ripped off in the process). As menswear became more like womenswear—more driven by “it” items from season to season—guys started looking for new ways to keep up with the revolving door of trends.

The times are changing once again. Interest in fast-fashion is, for the first time, waning. In the first quarter of this year, H&M had their first monthly sales drop in nearly four years, and Zara parent company Inditex SA saw profitability shrink to an eight-year low. They attribute these strains to divergent spending habits and the rise of competition, but it’s also coming from the ground up—via young, independent, hungry labels that have used social media to attract young, trend-hungry customers. These brands might not categorize themselves as fast-fashion, but despite their relatively modest sizes, they understand the importance of instant gratification to their style-savvy, cost-cognizant audience. And like their more corporate competition, brands like Represent, KNYEW, and MNML have gotten popular by flipping the hottest current trends into instantly-available items, while using social media and YouTube to reach new customers. But to the designers giving the inspiration, like Fear of God’s Jerry Lorenzo, some of these new-age fast-fashion brands are more like imitators than actual designers.

Richard Sung, the co-founder of Las Vegas lifestyle brand KNYEW, knows what makes customers apprehensive about traditional fast-fashion retailers. “When I think of fast-fashion, I think of a massive tornado,” he says. “It sucks up everything in its path, feeding off other designers, destroying the environment we live in with absolutely no remorse for the devastation it leaves behind.” But labels like Sung’s are still taking a page out of the Zara playbook. Rather than revolutionize by inventing the next big trend, they’ve gotten ahead by hopping on current trends quicker than anyone else.

Brothers George and Mike Heaton started Represent with a small collection of distressed and ripped denim. Since then, the line has evolved into outerwear, velour hoodies, mohair shirts and crepe sole boots—the kind of products that hit runways a few seasons ago but are just now trickling down to the masses. “Fast-fashion puts such a pressure on the high-end seasonal approach to retail,” George says. Represent has to keep up with trends just like any fast-fashion brand, but being small allows them to be nimble and selective about which trends they choose to hop on. They don’t have to make clothes in line with every trend. They just need the ones they bet on to be hits.

Represent’s competitive prices—bomber jackets for $370 and jeans for $150 that resemble the $1,000-plus versions made by Fear Of God—are a product of striking while the trend iron is hot. “We’re able to exceed minimum quantities [for fabric orders], which in turn brings prices down, which helps us create a wholesale margin as well as a healthy retail profit,” George Heaton says. In that way, Represent isn’t much different than a traditional fast-fashion retailer. Sell a shit ton of a shirt or pants, and you can buy up the fabric to make them for less. Where they differ is in the amount of products they offer. Selling fewer total styles, which keeps the need to buy multiple different fabrics to a minimum.

Like their customers, Represent pays close attention to social media. So do other brands. “We’re always keeping an eye on what’s going on in other industries as well—music, visual art, design—to make sure we’re developing upon other relevant areas to incorporate into our line,” says George. “With blogs and influencers, that product elevation allows [products] to be pushed hard to the masses, which in turn makes it a trend.” Parisian brand Nid de Guepes, too, points to a vague idea of “youth culture” as their inspiration, but they also have a pragmatic-veering-toward-cynical approach to the industry. “In the ready-to-wear industry and fast-fashion, everything has been invented, you cannot create something really revolutionary,” says Erwan Ferriere, the brand’s communications manager. “We don’t have the same market power Vetements, Gosha [Rubchinskiy] or Off-White has. It’s risky for a brand like us to release something that will be trendy before any high fashion brand releases it. So we must re-interpret what’s trendy—which is in the fashion world most of the time un-wearable—and make it wearable.”


Fall 2017 Fashion Trends For Men & Women

Chokers
90’s style is nothing new. In fact, it became popular in a more modern way about a year and a half ago. Along with ripped jeans, the choker is back in full swing. Get a choker necklace as your next statement jewelry piece.

Plaid
Designers are going crazy over plaid this year! But, not the plaid from 10 years ago. Think London’s Saville Row fabrics for everything from suits to coats.

Florals & Prints
Shirts, dresses, blouses and more with florals are back. From Topshop to top designers, you’ll find garden patterns and more on all types of clothing. This style will be popular for winter, too. Prints are also trending. From polka dots to other prints, show some color!

Non-Skinny Jeans
Sure, skinny jeans will always be popular, but the trend is looking more towards the bootcut of the 90’s. From high-waisted pants to full-length wide legs, there are tons of options to choose from. Match it with a flowy cape or a blouse.

Ankle Boots
Suede ankle boots, leather ankle boots and ankle boots in other fabrics will be everywhere this fall and winter. In L.A. and Orange County, it’s all about showing off some ankle, and these booties fit the look.

Capes
No, not the super-woman type of cape! These capes are stylish, and a way of staying warm and fashionable this fall and winter. From solids to checkered and plaid, capes will be everywhere.

 

Bomber Jackets
Bomber jackets are a way to class up your outfit and stay warmer in the fall and winter months. Originally made from heavy duty leather, these days this outerwear piece has gone through many changes and is made in a variety of different fabrics. The jacket, with ribbed cuffs and hem, a front zip closure and a defined neckline, comes in prints, as well as solids, too. Popular bomber jackets include the casual black one to wear with jeans or chinos, the leather bomber jacket, as well as leather and suede versions.

Prints
Prints will be everywhere this fall! From bomber jackets to shirts, jackets, sweatshirts and joggers, you’ll see it everywhere! Where can you find some of the best? Shop TopMan, J.Crew, Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic and others.

Flannel Shirts
With the 90’s being back in full swing, it should come as no surprise that flannels are back and better than ever. These aren’t your flannels from 3 decades ago though. These are made from rugged cotton, and are more modern and polished. Wear them as a light jacket over a shirt or a button down, or by itself.

Stripes, Stripes, Stripes
From cashmere sweaters with blue and off-white stripes to t-shirts and more, stripes will be a big fashion trend for fall and winter. This includes women too!

Hats & Caps
From bucket hats to baseball caps, you’ll see this casual style all over Southern California. Grab a bucket hat in deep indigo blue, or a camel colored baseball hat. Or, how about a jean hat? Wear it backwards too.

The Roll
The roll of jeans or trousers isn’t new to fall, or winter, but it’s going to continue from the past year. Whether you’re wearing jeans, or khakis, make sure to show a bit of ankle between your leather work boots, or classic vans and your pants.

Layering
Los Angeles and Orange County can get a bit chilly during the winter months. Stay warm and in style by layering a classic striped shirt or oxford along with a jean jacket on top and a stylish herringbone blazer on top. The shirt, jacket and topcoat look will be big this year.

How to Dress for Any Occasion

The Occasion: A Wedding

 

Old etiquette: Don’t wear white or black or red.

 

New etiquette: Black and red are perfectly fine, but white is still the ultimate wedding no-no.

 

What to wear: Let the invitation, the season, and the hour be your guides. (If you’re at a loss and you’re close to the bride, ask her what’s right; otherwise, consult the maid of honor or the bride’s mother.)

 

“For day weddings, which tend to be more casual, steer clear of anything heavily beaded or sequined,” says Lauren A. Rothman, founder of Style Auteur, a fashion-consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Instead, opt for a knee-length dress in a material like cotton; in warmer weather or regions, strapless styles and open-toed shoes get the nod of approval. “Simple hats” also earn a thumbs-up, says Amy Lindquist, head of Lindquist Fashion & Image Consulting, in Minneapolis. If the ceremony is in the afternoon and the reception in the evening and the invitation doesn’t specify dress, assume the event is semiformal, which calls for a cocktail dress or an evening suit in a color that won’t upstage the bride. “Pale pink is OK―hot pink is not,” says Lindquist.

 

Black tie once meant floor-length gowns. Now, at all but the grandest affairs, dresses as short as knee-length are acceptable, provided they have a semiformal or formal cut and fabric; silk or a silk blend, for instance, would be appropriate. As for wearing a strapless or sleeveless dress in a house of worship, some have strict rules about covering up; check the protocol beforehand or bring a wrap.

 

Should you be invited to the rehearsal dinner, “they vary greatly in formality, so note where it’s being held,” says Lizzie Post, an etiquette authority, an author, and a spokesperson for the Emily Post Institute. In general, “cocktail-party rules apply,” Joseph Williamson, a fashion stylist in New York City. “Save your better outfit for the big day, but wear something dressy to the dinner. A dress and a jacket or a cardigan with some sparkle would be nice. But keep it understated.” Remember―there’s only one shining star at matrimonial shindigs, and it’s not you.

The Occasion: A Cocktail Party

 

Old etiquette: No surprise here―a cocktail dress.

 

New etiquette: Cocktail dresses are always in style, but you have other options.

 

What to wear: These days, a cocktail party can be anything from a swanky society affair―cue that glittery knee-length number from the “special occasions” department―to a low-key group of friends gathered around a platter of crudités. But for the most part, “cocktail parties are dressy-casual, so you can’t go wrong if you wear a top with some special details and a skirt or tailored pants, plus heels or fancy flats,” says Williamson. “Avoid fabrics that are too casual, like chino, jersey, and denim.”

 

A fitted cashmere or fine-gauge merino-wool top with a knee-length satin skirt, heels, earrings, and an armful of stacked bangles is just right, he says. Sue Fox, an etiquette authority based in Paso Robles, California, and the author of Etiquette for Dummies ($22, amazon.com), also suggests a pantsuit, provided it doesn’t look too corporate. (Under the jacket, wear a silky camisole or some other feminine top with an evening vibe.) Keep in mind that different cities have their own dress codes, says Rothman: “Cocktail attire in Miami is just as dressy and chic as in New York, regardless of the weather differences, while in San Diego it’s interpreted a bit more casually, because the city is relaxed.”

 

Fashion Dress Codes, Decoded

If you’ve ever opened an invitation and spotted a confusing dress code at the bottom, you’re not alone. Fashion dress codes can be intricate and complicated and downright confusing. Which one is the dressiest? What are the best shoes to wear for business casual? And what’s the difference between black tie, black tie optional, and creative black tie?

We know it’s a lot to keep straight, so to take the guess work out of it, we’ve broken down the most important dress codes to keep straight. From dressed up and over the top to super casual, we’re covering them all. So now when you see “festive dress code” on an invite, you’ll know what to wear. Want to see what each of them entail?

Keep reading to see what fashion dress codes entail, and then shop our outfit recommendations.

WHITE TIE

The most formal of all dress codes, white tie involves dressing to the nines. Think royal affairs, glamorous balls, and presidential dinners. Guests must adhere to strict guidelines in order to fit in and to make an impression. If you are lucky enough to score an invitation to one of these white tie events, keep your eyes out for full-length evening gowns with little to no exposed skin to keep the look classy and sophisticated. This is not the time to test out new funky fashion trends, so try to avoid loud patterns or textures. As for jewelry, keep it simple with a necklace or earrings. Long gloves are an option, but they’re not required. Tiaras are accepted, as long as you have the title to match.

Six identical dresses: we solve this and other wedding fashion disasters

Dressing for a wedding involves uncompromising rules. Complying often requires great expense and real discomfort (stilettos, shaping underwear, trousers that no longer accommodate your girth, and so on).

 

Forefront in the rulebook, though, is the commandment that a woman must not upstage the bride. And this weekend, it was contravened in spectacular style by six women who turned up to a wedding in Sydney all wearing the same £95 lace dress. A picture of the sextet, predictably, went viral at high velocity.

 

The women were not bridesmaids, nor was it planned. We all saw the funny side of it,insisted one of the group, although despite the affected nonchalance, this was undeniably toe-curling for all involved (of course, men seem to be fine with wearing identical navy or grey suits, but that is a discussion for another day).

 

In this spirit, here is a guide to styling out wedding fashion mishaps.

 

Matchy-matchy

The Australian women did have the right idea: the first thing you must do is note this mishap publicly, probably with an Instagram post (#TwinningIsWinning). Skirting around your doppelganger all evening will make you look as ashamed as you really care about your pedestrian taste in clothing. Then, modify your outfit: borrow a floral centerpiece from the table, or fashion a crude badge from confetti.

 

NB: as the evening progresses, ensure your drunk significant other does not accidentally grope the wrong person.

 

 Kate Moss in her Dior dress, pre-customisation.

 Kate Moss in her Dior dress, pre-customisation. Photograph: Dave M. Benett/Getty

Wear and tear

If you rip something, make like Kate Moss: the supermodels quick customisation of a damaged champagne-colored Dior dress at a 2007 party is the stuff of lore. If youre bold and carry a pair of scissors (who doesnt?), you could try some slashing, otherwise, do some tucking and trying to conceal the hole.

 

Life is pain

You swore you would not wear shoes that left your feet lacerated, but have, obviously, done so. To have any fun, you must do that bobbing dancing that puts great pressure on the knees but limits the movement of the feet and toes you can no longer feel. When forced to go anywhere, walk at the glacial pace of a visiting, elderly dignitary.

 

Thrills and spills

Less than a minute into the reception and you have sluiced a glass of red wine all down your front, or smeared soap on your trousers. You look grubby and must act, lest someone adds a picture of you to Facebook with a mean-spirited caption.

 

Obviously, attempt stain removal in the bathrooms you might look like youve soiled yourself for 15 minutes, but dance vigorously and you will quickly dry. Otherwise, hold the order of service in front of the stain for the rest of the reception.

 

Flimsiness

The first Instagram photo of the big day reveals your dress to be entirely see-through when exposed to even the anemic flash of an iPhone camera. Save yourself in the group photo by standing almost entirely obscured behind an usher.

Forgettable fashion

Fashions come, fashions go. Many fabulous styles, colors, designs have walked down the runways and into our lives. Some trends have become icons of good taste, classic looks that never go out of style. Think little black dress or Chanel’s pearls.

 

Then there are trends that, from the start, were absolutely awful. The ones that we want to forget, except when we need a good laugh. I turned to Facebook to get people’s answers for this question: What are the worst fashion trends ever?

 

The response was overwhelming! Everyone had opinions — strong ones.

 

One consensus was that nobody liked the ’80s. The big hair, those stirrup pants, and hi-top Reebok gym shoes worn with scrunchy socks all got thumbs down. I remember commuting to work in that decade, wearing my suit with those gym shoes and socks. Not a great look, no matter how practical.

 

The other ’80s look many people despised were the huge shoulder pads. They were attached to every garment. You would wear your blouse with pads, top it with a blazer sporting more pads, then put on your coat, which of course had its own substantial shoulder pads. We looked like Chicago Bears. In fact, our super-padded shoulders were probably bigger than theirs. Yikes!

 

Other comments I received covered 2000 until now.

 

Many of us are very tired of guys wearing their jeans and pants loose and low to show off their underwear. This “fashion” means they have to walk with their legs apart to keep their jeans up, which sometimes doesn’t work. Just pull them up, please! Or use a belt or buy pants to fit…

 

It may have been a fleeting fancy, but some girls have also had issues with clothing and gravity. Many of us simply can’t understand what the heck is going on with those shortie shorts. The ones hiked up so high they show the wearer’s butt cheeks. Seriously ladies, the look is not attractive at all and I can’t think of anywhere it’s appropriate!

 

Crocs, pleated pants, mom jeans, neon, cargo pants, gauchos, man buns, parachute pants, rail thin models, low rise jeans, heavy blue makeup, pajamas for daytime, and the infamous mullet hairdo also made the Trends-We’re-Glad-To-See-Gone list.

Three fatal fashion trends in history and why fast fashion may be the worst of all

From mercury poisoning in Victorian hatters to the hot trend for radium beauty products, fashion has unwittingly caused an array of health hazards. But are we going to top them all with the microplastics in fast-fashion items?

The Hatter’s legendary lunacy raises questions about whether Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll was referencing poisoning caused by mercury in hat production at the time – a popular theory that may stretch the truth.

“People are extremely fond of theories that ‘explain’ the Alice books by connecting things in them to real-life people and events,” says Stephanie Lovett, president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America.

But the mercury connection has been strengthened by actor Johnny Depp, who played the Mad Hatter in the recent Alice in Wonderland films. Speaking to the LA Times in 2009, Depp noted a line where the Hatter says he is investigating things starting with the letter “M”.

“I did a little research and you start thinking about the letter ‘M’ and hatters and the term ‘Mad as a hatter’ and ‘mercury’,” said Depp, whose on-screen hair evokes the metal’s ability to dye things orange.

Certainly, real hatters suffered from mercury-triggered tics, convulsions and delirium. The brain disorder was so rife in their ranks that it became known as “hatter’s shakes”.

But other period fashion items could be just as harmful. One deadly threat stemmed from the colour green, which despite its soothing visual effect had toxic roots. Green dresses, wallpaper and more were dyed with pigment containing arsenic, an extremely harmful chemical element.

“People knew of arsenic as a poison, yet it was persistently used for dying clothing and hair accessories, as well as being used in wallpaper, furnishing fabrics and even used as a food colouring!” says analyst Lucinda Hawksley, the author of Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Victorian Home. “The reason people loved it was because it created such a gorgeous vivid green colour.”

Manufacturers knew full well that the arsenic involved in producing the lovely colour did harm, Hawksley adds, but they ignored its impact because they cared little for factory workers’ welfare.

The book Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present recounts how, in 1861, a 19-year-old artificial flower maker called Matilda Scheurer, whose job involved dusting flowers with green, arsenic-laced powder, suffered horribly.

Scheurer convulsed, vomited and foamed at the mouth. Like her bile, her fingernails and the whites of her eyes were green. Before she died, she even saw green. Later, arsenic was identified in her stomach, liver and lungs.

Horrific suffering could also be caused by a later hot fashion trend based on another dreadful metallic substance: radium.

Residual traces of the early 20th-century craze for the radioactive metal can be found at the Curie Museum in Paris. Named after pioneering radioactivity researcher Marie Curie, the museum features a line of cosmetics called Tho-Radia.

The Tho-Radia line included skin cream, powder, cleansing milk, lipstick, even toothpaste: all laced with radium. “No pretty smile without pretty teeth,” said the Tho-Radia toothpaste puff that trumpeted a delicious sensation of freshness.

The lethal line that promised youthful beauty was endorsed by the mysterious Dr. Alfred Curie. No relation to Marie, Alfred probably had about as much nous as Carroll’s Cheshire Cat. In fact, the quack may have never even existed, but his outward medical clout must have reassured clients keen to have a healthy glow.

Equally dubious radium beauty products could be had in Germany and England. London-based Radior peddled a line of radium-laced products including rouge, talcum powder and vanishing cream. “An ever-flowing fountain of youth and beauty has at last been found in the energy rays of radium,” Radior’s advertising said.

Sneak Peek: Next Spring’s 7 Most Wearable Fashion Trends

Sometimes it seems as if everyone walking down Paris’s streets is heading to a fashion show. French women still subscribe to an unspoken dress code that demands everyday polish even if they’re just walking elderly, pudgy bulldogs. The designers who showed their Spring 2018 collections globally have not always been so consistent, but this season they aligned with those Parisians in one respect: Disheveled styling and normcore were absent from the runways. Instead, romantic floral dresses, intriguing wear-to-work separates and embroidered jackets came into play.

 

Designers also worked the idea of comfort into chic silhouettes. At Céline—a brand known for both edginess and real-world wearability—Phoebe Philo presented deftly tailored trench coats. Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino offered embellished gowns with racer-backs, elegance with a wink of sportiness. Louis Vuitton’s spectacular opera coats were paired with New Age-y sneakers and silk boxer shorts, clothing that’s fun to run around in, weather permitting.

 

Speaking of weather, an abundance of coats—from a spray-painted leather car coat at Calvin Klein to a tan oversize robe coat at the Row—seemed to outnumber classically skimpy spring offerings such as sundresses and T-shirts. Designers are starting to address women’s seasonal shopping needs by offering pieces you can actually buy and wear in March, when spring clothes hit stores. Boots, too, especially Western styles, proliferated. Favorites included butterscotch heels at Givenchy and snakeskin ankle boots at Chloé.

 

House Calls

Seemingly plucked from a French interior, brocades and patterned textiles were a happy, homey surprise. From left: Brock Collection’s pretty mattress-ticking dress; Dries Van Noten’s luxe pattern mix; Loewe’s sofa-fringe layers; Maison Margiela’s tapestry-bodiced top; Louis Vuitton’s saucy brocade jacket with boxer shorts and sneakers.

Unadulterated Shine

Sparkle is almost run-of-the-mill in fashion, yet brilliance as unrelenting as this still turns heads. From left: Carolina Herrera’s silvery stunner (which actress Sarah Paulson just wore to the Emmys); Giorgio Armani’s elegantly shiny black suit; Alessandro Michele’s shockingly demure iridescent dresses at Gucci; and colorful art deco-patterned sequins at Marc Jacobs .

Shorts Stuff

When shorts are styled with a classic jacket or top, this chic alternative to miniskirts can look remarkably polished. From left: At Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri revved up shorts with a jazzy graphic windbreaker; cotton cargo shorts and a sleeveless striped shirt had a retro vibe at Prada, olive-drab shorts looked sophisticated with a gold-trimmed blazer and a polka dot blouse at Saint Laurent.