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!

Fashion Gives Back

In the cruel world we live in, charity is a kind and thoughtful act that will put a smile on other’s faces.

With the popularity of social media and the rise of the selfie syndrome, it is no wonder that we are becoming more narcissistic and self-centered. Obviously it’s becoming more prominent in the world of fashion, however, retailers and designers have the power to raise an awareness of global issues. Raising collective consciousness can be done in several ways; concentrating on the ethical aspect in the production of the garment, sourcing sustainable materials, and of course, by working toward a charitable mission. With that being said, our current love story is with designers who see charity as an integral part of their brand vision. We cherish these little gestures that make our world a better place.

Here is the best part, you can ditch your guilt next time you go on a shopping spree, as we gathered some inspiring fashion brands that are giving back.

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Photo credit: Fashionheals4sickkids.com

Sentaler

Sentler is a Canadian luxury outerwear company based in Toronto. The luxurious coat collection will keep you warm without feeling bulky, thanks to the Peruvian fabric Alpaca, which is extremely light and soft. We adore Bojana Sentaler, the owner and the creative director of the brand, as she chose the model of giving back as a way of life. Her motto is that there is to protect youth to give them hope and strength. In her previous collection, Bojana donated a coat to Fashion Heals, an organization that hosts a special evening event to connect the fashion world and SickKids hospital. This season, Sentaler designed a new line of stylish hats for kids and announced that 25% of their profits will go towards SickKids. 

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Photo credit: Sentaler.com

Toms 

The for-profit footwear brand founded in 2006 was the pioneer in adopting the value of improving living by giving back to charity. They in fact patched the path to other fashion brands. Their business model is “one for one” meaning that for every pair of shoes sold, the company donates one pair of shoes for children in needs in developing countries. Toms is also donating profits to protect wildlife, such as saving elephants from poachers.

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Photo credit: Toms.ca

Warby Parker

Warby Parker is designer eyewear brand that offers glasses at affordable price points. Following the footsteps of the Toms business model, they teamed with VisionSpring, a non-profit to provide a pair of glasses for those in need for every pair sold. In addition, the company is training locals to perform basic eye exams and sell glasses to enable them to earn a living.

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Photo credit: ca.warbyparker.com

FEED Project

FEED is a handmade bag and accessories company founded in 2007 by Lauren Bush, who decided to leverage her artistic creativity to fight world hunger. The company donates a portion of its sales to provide meals to children in Asia, Latin America and Africa. With their success, they also partnered with other fashion brands such as DKNY, Gap, Tory Bruch to gain more awareness for this important mission. FEED also lets you know how many school meals your purchase provides while purchasing the item.

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Photo credit: Feedprojects.com

Urban Zen

Urban Zen by Donna Karen was established after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The well-known designer felt the urge to help the country preserve their culture and their creativity in any way she could. Urban Zen center sells artisan products like handicrafts, accessories, and furniture from Haiti and other countries around the world. Also, Karan creates a casual clothing line for the brand inspired by her travels and charity work. The profits from every purchase are sent back to the people in Haiti who produced them.

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Photo Credit: UrbanZen.com

 Fashion Project

Fashion Project is an online marketplace for women’s apparel. Founded by Anna Palmer and Christine Rizk,  they aim to create an online platform to buy and donate a variety of luxury items and to use fashion as an act of generosity. The idea is to help the charity raise money in an effective way. By selling one item, you enable them to supply meals for needy families. To participate in this significant project you can either donate items from your own closet, or spoil yourself with a new purchase.

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Photo credit: The Huffington post