5 Biggest Runway Trends of 2015
Whether you follow them or not, there’s no denying that trends have a way of shaping a generation. Don’t believe us? We have a sneaking suspicion your brain immediately associates “flared pants” with 1970s fashion. And just like every year, the runways were filled to the brim with some major sartorial fads, many of which could easily be a hallmark of this year. While we only know what the designers have up their (well-tailored) sleeves for the first half of 2016 — the spring shows were this past summer — here are some of the most notable trends from 2015
1. Hints of camo
Once only popular amongst GI Joes and amateur hunters, camouflage received the industry’s seal of approval in 2015. And sightings at several autumn 2015 shows — Valentino, Coach 1941, and Yeezy — reaffirmed our belief that camo is the perfect offbeat pattern. It breathes more life into your ensemble than stodgy stripes; however, it doesn’t compromise your masculinity like a questionable paisley. And, thanks to the inherently neutral color palette, this print will never look like you’re trying too hard to be fashion-forward. From a field jacket to fitted pair of pants, camo will look cool splashed on any of your garments.
2. Lacy blouses…for men
Like it or not, Alessandro Michele’s debut as artistic director of Gucci gave menswear a more feminine twist this year. Whether donning ruffled, pussy-bow tops or floral-printed suits, Michele’s male models sported looks that had a more dainty twist. But the piece that went beyond the confines of the Milanese fashion house? The sheer lacy top. Perhaps this isn’t a piece you’d wear on a first date or job interview, but several designers followed suit for their spring 2016 collections, which debuted this past July. Burberry Prorsum, MGSM, No. 21, and Moschino are a few brands that sent lacy tops down the catwalk just a few months later. The Gucci effect? We sure think so.
3. Smart turtlenecks
Want to look like a sexy, smart, and modern man? Couple a turtleneck with a blazer. Not only is it one of our recommended holiday outfits, but this trend ran rampant on the 2015 catwalk: Hermès, Berluti, and Ermenegildo Zegna were just a few of the brands that boasted this pairing during the autumn shows. We love this trend for a multitude of reasons: It’s an affordable way to spice up your daily dress shirt and blazer regime, and it’s most likely already hanging in your closet. If you’re hoping to copy this trend in the new year, opt for a textured sports coat with a neutral turtleneck. For example, that brown herringbone blazer you picked at your local vintage store will look insanely cool with a simple black top.
4. White sneakers
It’s no secret that white sneakers were all the rage in 2015 — everyone from Jason Statham to the most determined emerging street style star had a penchant for Adidas’ Stan Smiths. But did you know that white sneakers were also a runaway hit on the catwalk? That’s right, the insta-chic shoes were everywhere: At Umit Benan, Louis Vuitton, J.Crew, Issey Miyake … need we say more? Though these kicks may not be the easiest to keep in pristine condition, they’re extremely versatile: Whether you’re pairing these with a casual suit or jeans and a sweater, your white lace-ups will instantly elevate any ensemble to look beyond cool.
5. Patchworked everything
Why settle on just one fabric per garment when you could wear two… or three, or four? Seen at some of the most avant garde spring shows — such as Junya Watanabe and Kenzo — this rendition of patchwork is far from outdated. While it’s easy to associate the concept with the days of flower power, today’s designers have paired the combination of several fabrics with streamlined silhouettes. The result? Streamlined pieces that only give a slight nod to the past. If you’re hoping to keep this trend stylish in the new year, introduce yourself to this fad by styling the fabric medley with solids — those kitschy jeans will look effortlessly chic with a white T-shirt.
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