Regardless of what the Gregorian calendar says, for many of us fashion folk, it’s September that feels like the start of a new year. Perhaps it’s because the magazines stretch their bindings on their biggest issues, or that, on the runways, we get a glimpse of what is to come. Or it may be the persistent association with back-to-school prep that lingers long after the last bell.
Whatever the reason, autumn puts one in mind of fresh beginnings. We can hardly be blamed, then, for wanting to jump-start the seasonal update now, even as we wait for temperatures to cool. Luckily, the stores have plenty of fresh offerings that play into fall’s biggest trends.
Velvet is to fall what florals are to spring. The cozy material is always a mainstay of the season. This year, though, the volume has been turned way up. Not only is it more omnipresent than ever, but instead of the usual navy, black and burgundy, it’s showing up in loud hues like hot pink and mustard gold.
The Hottest Hue
There are those of us who love to wear red and those who swear they can’t. This season may convert some of the naysayers. All over the runways, at Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabbana and, most notably, Givenchy, which showed a completely crimson lineup, the potent color comes in many iterations — hipster-approved ensembles, sophisticated separates — that will appeal to all sorts.
A Different Kind of Suit
It’s always nice when a trend comes along that’s as comfortable and practical as it is cool. The tracksuit, seen on the runways at Marc Jacobs, Chloé, and Yeezy, is one such gem. Updated in a variety of fabrics and slightly tweaked silhouettes, the tricked-out suits invite a certain swagger.
It’s a little odd that, at a time when feminism is arguably thriving more than ever, the corset, that hallmark of the patriarchal oppression, should be enjoying a moment of popularity. Of course, the 2017 versions are a good deal less restrictive — and pair perfectly well with a finely honed sense of social justice.