Runway to Reality

From vivid colors worn head to toe to feathers and ruffles attached to every imaginable item alongside futuristic silhouettes, the runway is everything but boring. The trends that we see on the runway are extravagant and inspirational, but there is one conflict: how can we interpret these trends so that they are appropriate for our daily and unglamorous life? We believe that by beefing up your out of the box thinking skills, even the most variegated runway look can be made office friendly. We decided to take five catwalk trends and show you the best ways to pull them off in real life.

Working girl

The pin-striped suit of power and formality and a touch of masculinity is back. From observing the Fall 2017 RTW collection, it seems that the checked grey prints are becoming must-have pieces for every fashionista. The tailored suit borrowed from the boys’ fashion handbook is no longer limited to the Wall Street banker. Designers like Calvin KleinDries van Noten, Céline, Mulberry, Stella McCartnery, Balenciaga, and many more pushed the power suit forward through more relaxed silhouettes. To make the pinstripes everyday-ready, they have to be comfortable and roomy. A poor fit can make it look cheap, so it’s smart to pay more attention to the proportion and silhouette. You can break up the suit and pair the tailored blazer with a pair of flattering jeans or a fun blouse for an off-duty look. You can also play with contrasting and team up a vibrant color top with grey check trousers; another option is to pair it with a white polo neck for a youthful and fresh take.

Runway v. Reality (left: kelvin-klien; right: Nordstrom)

NASA is calling

It all started when Chanel transformed the runway to a space center with models who wore Space influenced versions of the brand’s classics. Metallic details and futuristic elements were also present in Saint LaurentPaco RabanneChristopher Kane and more — apparently designers adore the future and we are all waiting to lift off. But before we do, let us help you prepare in style. For a casual look, focus only on one high shine piece or limit the number of flashy fabrics. For instance, look for metallic pieces like geometric jewelry in silver or gold, or choose a sassy winter coat that evokes the Space look. For a subtler look, pair metallic booties with relaxed denim and roll up the hemline, or make it office appropriate with a monochrome outfit in muted colors.

Lady in red

It’s about time we say hello to the most powerful color of the season: Red. This fall, we spotted head to toe red in a variety of shades like crimson, cherry, and wine. Needless to say, red was a favorite among designers at fashion weeks from New York to Paris. Designers like Max Mara, Jil Sander, Bottega Veneta, Dior, and Fendi showcased the confident color in many variations, which is an indication that it’s about time you add some of the sensual red to your wardrobe. The good news is that red happens to be the most flattering color on all skin tones. The key is to find a way to make it work for your daily outfit. For an office look, break up the monochromatic appearance by pairing it with natural tones. Avoid cheap fabrics and opt for silk or wool for elegance. Keep it ladylike with a cozy red coat that will upgrade your casual outfit. For an evening look, velvet is a great option and it will bring a sophisticated sex appeal to your overall look.

Matrix

Welcome to the dark side of fashion. Since its release 18 years ago, the Matrix trilogy has inspired and continues to inspire fashion designers today. And look no further than this season to witness the Matrix’s reach. Think all black clothing, leather trench coats, crocodile prints, Neo’s bondage pants, catsuits, skinny bug=eyed sunglasses, and even more futuristic elements, all in sexy silhouettes. On the catwalk, Vetements, Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, and Balmain dialed the Matrix vibe to the fullest. The movie inspired look may be challenging for an everyday look, but it’s not an impossible mission. A leather trench coat can feel more practical when styled with a pair of skinny black jeans; or wear head to toe black with a pair of futuristic statement sunglasses. Whatever you do, just make sure to keep the look minimalistic and highly tailored.

Runway v Reality (left: Alexander McQueen; right: Aritzia)

Craftwork

This fall, arts and crafts seemed to inspire designers among all the fashion capitals. Multiculturalism and heritage craft ruled the runway, evoking folk influences blends with carefree and free spirit. The current season, the heritage craft reflected through American and British countryside traditions with rich colours and fabrics that look as if they have been woven from tapestries. Erdem, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Valentino showcased floral embroidery dresses, while Etro and Prada drew inspiration from the 70s with patchwork jackets.  On the runway it’s always looks exciting and colourful, but for daily life the traditional crafts prints can be a bit tricky to wear, especially head to toe. You can start small by spicing up a basic outfit with a decorative handbag or add a folk style scarf.  If you consider yourself as a fashion risk taker, you can bring out the vibrancy of the handcraft piece by using bold coloured basics in the mix.

This season, arts and crafts seem to have inspired designers in all the fashion capitals. Heritage craft ruled the runway and pointed to folk influences, which blended well with a sense of carefreeness. The current season showcases crafts that evoke the American and British countrysides with rich colors and fabrics that look though they were weaved like tapestries. Erdem, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino showed floral embroidery dresses, while Etro and Prada drew inspiration from the ’70s and showed patchwork jackets. On the runway, it always looks exciting and colorful, but for the everyday, the traditional craft prints can be a bit tricky to wear, especially head to toe. You can start small. Spice up a basic outfit with a decorative handbag or add a folk-style scarf. If you consider yourself a risk taker, bring out the vibrancy of a handcrafted pice by adding bold colored basics to the mix.

Runway v. Reality (left: Erdem; right: Anthropologie)

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The Novella team picks their fave trends for spring!

Fashion, like all forms of art, is about self-expression. It’s about taking colour, pattern, texture, shape, and style and making it all your own. This season saw some of the freshest and newest collections to date. Giving all of us here at Novella a reason to cheer over. There was no shortage of extremely wondering and eye-catching pieces. From beautiful coats to soft ruffles and baby pinks, our picks for best spring trends are sure to get yours and our spring wardrobes feeling as fresh as the springtime scenery that’s to come.

 

Chris Zaghi, Fashion Editor

Photos: L’Uomo Vogue | From L to R: Louis Vuitton, Angelos Frentzos, Juun. J

Berets

Berets are happening and they’re happening in a big way. They’ve been everywhere for spring/summer and fall/winter. Every designer under the sun, from Louis Vuitton to Christian Dior, gave the fashion world its take on the iconic Parisian staple. After having witnessed season after season of floppy hats and wide brim felt hats, the understated beret uses its touch of whimsical flair and elegance to add a special touch to casual looks, while giving more formal looks an ease of wear that only the french can pull off.

Shades of Icy Blue

My absolute favourite colour is slowly, but surely, making its way into a slew of designers collections this season. And with perfect timing too. Spring is the season of pastels. Light pinks and soft yellows dance with mints and orange sherbets in the most delicate dance. Spring is the season of floral blooms and all the colours that come with them. So it comes as no surprise that with the softness spring’s blooms come with their softest colours. At Angelos Frentzos, icy powder blues add a calming and luxe appeal to heavy streetwear looks. Giving the harshest of streetwear scrutinisers a reason to praise.

Extreme Trenches

The trench has been a rainy day springtime staple since its inception back in the 1800s, remaining unchained for centuries until today. The new trench now comes in whatever colour, shape, and style you can imagine (and desire) This season’s trend for extreme trenches came during Juun. J‘s fall collection. Where extreme duster lengths and avant-garde proportions are perfectly balanced with one another to create a modern yet classic silhouette that’s only sure to grow and evolve as time goes on.

Liat Neuman, Fashion Contributor

Bright colours

Super bright colours were playing a bold part in the capital fashion cities of the world, from Balenciaga to Celine and Phillip Lim, all brought a lot of energy to the runway, with a collection that contains all the shocking shades we can think of. There is no doubt that these rainbow colours bring your outfit to live – For me it’s much needed after all these gloomy days we were dealing with.

See-Through Garments

I am so fascinated over this big trend, that is also the most risqué one. See-through garments like tulle skirt and dresses, which were taken from the ballet world, has been seen in Dior, Rochas and Valentino and are very popular among the Londoner’s fashionistas. I adore the way it can blur the line between party outfit and a casual day look, evoking a romantic feeling blend with an edgy touch.

Ruffles

The ruffles continue to be a major hit this season and the bolder the better. I love how the ruffles creating a fierce statement. Well appreciated designers have included ruffles in a sophisticated way in their current collection, create unexpected layers, like ruffles with lace or with asymmetrical and voluminous pieces. The layer upon layers of this frilly fabric provides feminine flair to any springy look.

Natasha Grodzinski, Arts & Culture Contributor

Photos: Vogue Runway | From L to R: Tory Burch, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga.

Stripes on Stripes

In the past few seasons, we’ve occasionally seen a bit of pattern-on-paten action. While certain houses like Dolce & Gabbana still put out here combinations, the new buzz for Spring 2017 is about matching striped suits. I’m always interested in borrowing from menswear and a striped suit is a real classic. I love the idea of making it contemporary through feminine tailoring and fresh colour. Spring uniform? I think so.

Statement Tees

A good t-shirt has always gone a long way, but lately they’ve been at the forefront of trends. Aside from the slew of vintage band tees gracing almost every street style blog, multiple designers put out statement t-shirts, from Dior‘s feminism tees to the “No leather” number seen at Stella McCartney. In our current social and political climate, designers are taking notice of the importance of self-expression and individuality. If fashion is an introduction without words, a statement tee is an introduction and the opener of a debate.

Big Shoulders

I mean. I mean. I’m in love with the amount of 80s inspiration seen on the spring runways. As mentioned before, I like to borrow from the boys, and a good shoulder padding can cut such a crisp, strong look. (I’m thinking specifically of the looks in Working Girl.) Since I am somebody with naturally broad shoulders, I was often told to steer clear of added shoulder padding. But what if I went the other way, and drew a bit more attention to it? I’ll likely not be at the Balenciaga level, but I’m ready to play around with a padded jacket or two.

Drew Brown, Editor-in-Chief

Photo Credit: L to R: Wooyoungmi (Vogue Runway), Gucci loafer (GQ UK), Haider Ackerman (Vogue Runway)

Check Mate

Squares and checks were all over the runways this season. One of my favourite brands Wooyoungmi paired widowpane  checks of varying sizes together and gives men more options to play with other than the standard pinstripe staple. I will definitely be rocking this trend this spring.

Two-in-one Shoes

With the growing popularity of  Alessandro Michelle‘s new Gucci, the two-in-one shoes are a must-have this season. The fold down back feature flattens underneath your foot to make the shoe into a mule. You don’t have to have be rich to rock a pair. Zara‘s has more a more affordable pair for any budget.

A Touch of Pink

Pink is always one of my go to colors during the spring/summer season and it was spotted on many runways. From light pink at Haider Ackerman to dusty rose at Gucci, each designer offered many ways to add a burst of pink to your wardrobe. 

Claire Ball, Editorial Contributor

Photo Credit: L to R: DKNY (Vogue), Yeezy (Vogue), Rag & Bone (Vogue)

White dresses

I’m not usually one to wear white. It takes a special piece of clothing to make me want to be that risky. But I find this trend to be so enticing because it’s almost romantic in such a chill and casual way. Since I’m already a big fan of shirt dresses, I love that the right shape and hemline can turn a rather boring white dress into a spring essential.

Khaki

Thanks to the many designers that tackled the look on the runway, I have recently developed a new appreciation for the utilitarian look. I don’t have an explanation why, but thankfully I no longer associate khaki with my dad’s wardrobe.

New Athleisure

GIVE ME ALL THE ATHLEISURE! I am seriously obsessed with this trend (shocker). The welcoming of sweatshirts into the fashion world has now opened the door for all facets of sporting style to be acceptable (#blessed). I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy, and I grew up playing sports, so I L-O-V-E that all my casual athletic wear is chic now. Time to get in the game, it’s officially warm up season folks!

SS17 Shoes & Accessories Trend Report

Scrolling through Instagram for the past little while, I’ve noticed so much sameness and it seems that fashion industry has too. For SS17, the focus is to differentiate yourself, let your fashion freak flag fly if you will.

In a similar way as the SS17 clothing trends, accessories for next spring all rely on intention. None of the trending accessories are absolutely necessary for function, instead they frivolous additions. We are finally moving away from the era of practicality and monotony in fashion. This season, designers have brought everything back to getting dressed. We are here to create outfits, to stand out, to pay attention to the details, and to have fun. Does Iris Apfel need twelve bangles per wrist? No, but that’s not the point. We are moving away from comfort–forget hoodies and sneakers–this spring’s accessories might be unpractical but they are beautiful.

Kitten Heels

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L to R: Céline, Christian Dior, Dries Van Noten | Photos: Vogue UK

A controversial shoe to be sure, the kitten heel has seemingly made its way back into the fashion industry’s hearts and runways. It is a step up (quite literally) from the flats trend and is a nod to the elegance of the 40s. Reminding street style stars how to wear heels again will be a journey after the dominance of sneakers, so perhaps kitten heels are acting as training wheels to the former glory of 9″ stilettos.

Colourful Eyewear

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L to R: Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Céline | Photos: Vogue UK

Do blue sunglasses do that much to shade your eyes from the sun? Maybe not. But they are fun! Especially when you match them with your cobalt, flare trousers and you incorporate them into the colour blocking trend.

Brooches

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L to R: Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga, Gucci | Photos: Vogue UK

Perhaps you are tired of necklaces, rings, earrings and anklets. Why not give the latest jewelry trend a go? Brooches. Take a note from your granny and place one in the chest area. Or why not think outside the box and pin a brooch anywhere else on your body, like your hip or pant leg?

Microbags

L to R: Hermès, Anya Hindmarch, Isabel Marant, Valentino | Photos: Vogue
L to R: Hermès, Anya Hindmarch, Isabel Marant, Valentino | Photos: Vogue

Nothing is more fun and less practical than a teeny handbag. Perhaps designers are trying to move the world toward tech-free living, as there is clearly no space for phones with this trend. If you feel silly about microbags, perhaps I should tell you that all impractically-sized bags are trending. Because the following sized bag (half the height of the modes’ bodies) was nearly as common as the microbag:

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Photo: Céline | Photo: Vogue

Extreme options to be sure, but options none the less.

Mismatched Earrings

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L to R: Marni, Alexander McQueen | Photos: Vogue

Matching your earrings? Boring! This trend alleviates one more decision from the endless decisions we make every day. Enough is enough, care less and mix up your earrings a bit.

Flatform Sandals

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L to R: Preen By Thornton Bregazzi, Versace, Proenza Schouler, Dolce & Gabbana | Photos: Vogue

Because wearing flat sandals is too easy and wearing heeled sandals can feel silly, flatforms are the dream shoe for SS17. You can go for the fancy Teva, or try a gorgeously leather pair to up your game.

As someone who tries to maintain a minimalist wardrobe, I feel as though frivolity has a perfect place among accessories. Nothing radical need happen, yet a new pair of sunglasses can change your entire feeling about the day. A crazy handbag, same thing. All without having to change your essentials. So next season, try a silly addition to your accessory and shoe collections, it’ll be harmless.

The Importance of Paris Fashion Week Trends

Across the board of the Paris Fashion Week runway shows, there was a shifting tone away from the cool irony of Vetements (let’s say, for example) and toward the real, genuineness of the individual. Specifically, the woman.  There was a sense that the fashion world is getting dressed again, and focusing on the art of it and power of that art. As such, the fact that the 80s is the major theme across all fashion weeks is no surprise. For 80s fashion embodies so many values that need to be nourished today–see the American election. Take for example the power suit, and with that the strong silhouette of empowered women. The jacket, with strong shoulders and impeccable tailoring is at the forefront of the trends. But at the same time, this same woman can go out for a night of dancing in bright pink or a silvery mismatched dress and maintain that empowerment. She can roll up her sleeves and fix her broken sink, she can run a powerful business empire or even a country. This woman, seen at Paris Fashion Week, can do it all and she does it proudly as herself, pretending to be nothing but that: herself. All of this was reflected in the trends and in the shifting politics of the fashion industry: Maria Grazia Chiuri took the seat at Creative Director at Christian Dior after a history of male successors, and Gigi Hadid (who recently showed a brilliant example of self-defence in Milan) opened the most shows, evoking the powerful 80s supermodels. For the trends at Paris Fashion Week, this season is all about strength, decisiveness and emblazoned sensuality.

The Jacket

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Celine SS17 | Photo: Indigital, Vogue UK
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Jacquemus SS17 | Photo: Indigital, Vogue UK

Workwear

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Isabel Marant SS17 | Photo: Indigital, Vogue UK

 80s

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Isabel Marant SS17 | Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK
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Balenciaga SS 17 | Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK

Playful Prints

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Lemaire SS17 | Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK

The High-Waisted Trouser

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Jacquemus SS17 | Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK

“La Personne”/ The Individual

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Christian Dior SS17 | Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK
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Saint Laurent | Photo: Indigital via Vogue UK

Feature Image: Indigital via Vogue UK

Shoes & Accessories Trending This Spring

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Photo Credit : Adam Katz – Le 21ème

Aside from the obvious fact that white sneakers haven’t subsided in their popularity, here are the more exciting shoes and accessories trends that will be big this spring!

GLOVE SHOES

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Pernille Teisbaek, Martiniano | Courtesy of Rex, Lisa Says Gah

Pheobe Philo of Celine started it, and it hasn’t stopped. People simply cannot get enough of the glove shoe. From bloggers, to street style stars, to the runway, this is the golden shoe of Spring 2016.

BIG EARRINGS

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Left to Right: Alexander McQueen, Prada | Courtesy of Indigital via Vogue

Channel Edie Sedgwick at The Factory for this one. This is the perfect trend to match with minimalist, oversized outfits. Let your ears take centre stage this spring!

CIRCLE BAGS

L to R: LOTFI, Jacquemus | Courtesy of Lisa Says Gah, MNZ Store
L to R: LOTFI, Jacquemus | Courtesy of Lisa Says Gah, MNZ Store

It-designer Jacquemus played the simplicity of geometry for his Spring collection and the result was fantastic. Rethinking geometric shapes gave us the now popular circle bag.

MULES

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh | Courtesy of Lisa Says Gah

Flat or heeled, mules are an elegant addition to any look. This trend is wonderful because you have an excuse to buy a pair in every colour–especially from the fabulous Maryam Nassir Zadeh.

BACKPACKS

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Burberry SS16 | Courtesy via Vogue

Let’s just say that if every cool person who either walked the Burberry show or knows Christopher Bailey owns this monogrammed backpack, then monogrammed backpacks will be a thing.

BUCKET HATS

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Ashish SS16 | Courtesy of Indigital via Vogue

Taking cue from the Sarah Mower of Vogue equation-theory-of-popularity (Current year – 25 = trendy year), then 1991 is back and so is the bucket hat.

SLIP ON SHOES

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Left to Right: APC, Acne | Courtest of Indigital via Vogue

Who wouldn’t love a trend as easy as the slip on shoe/ backless loafer/ flat mule? Call it what you will, but this shoe is the definition of effortlessly chic. Picture yourself in your kaftan at a summer wedding with a mojito and in your slip on shoes. Bliss.

ANKLETS

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Calvin Klein SS16 | Courtesy of Indigital via Vogue

As mentioned above, 1991 is the year to draw inspiration from. Try an anklet!

What shoe or accessory trend are you most excited to try this spring?

Feature Image Courtesy of Glamour