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!

Pink Is For Winter – Jennifer Torosian

Jennifer Torosian

From inside the fashion industry, we are trying to change the misconception about what colours are meant to be worn during the cold season. Still, for fall and winter, it’s not that easy to expand the colour palette beyond dark shades and, of course, black.

Weather has a huge impact in our mood, that is just a fact. Therefore, it is totally understandable that we don’t feel like wearing fluorescent colours when it is snowing or pouring water outside, and that’s fine, we don’t need to go that far. However, it is on us to be more open to experiment with less conservative shades and try to add a vibrant touch to our look.

For this Fall/Winter 2015 season, talented fashion designer Jennifer Torosian suggests a grayish pink shade featured in three different outwear pieces. Made out of 100% mohair wool from Germany, the vest and the two jackets seem to gathered all the requirements needed to rock the street and stand out from the crowd: warm, cozy, and stylish.

If you want to take a look at the whole collection go to www.jennifertorosian.com !

One Month – One Colour: Pink For The Month Of October

PINK

October seems like the most ideal and perfect month. As soon as October 1st rolled around, a swarm of social media users flooded timelines with memes, to welcome the month. Not only that, but it is the time of the Libra babies, as many birthdays are recognized and celebrated. We also get the opportunity to sit around with family for a warm Thanksgiving dinner, and scare little kids with gruesome costumes on Halloween.

And with many fun filled adventures that October brings, through birthdays, fall weddings, and relaxing with a Starbucks drink in hand, we tend to forget about one of the most important aspects of the month, Breast Cancer Awareness. Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, but with avid awareness of the disease, women are able to find early detection and take part in improving treatments. So in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness, and the month of October, we will be breaking the fall rules and rocking the prettiest colour of all, pink.

With the weather getting chilly and the sun barely being out, what perfect way to spend your evening than watching a fantastic movie? One of my favourites that I almost know word for word, is Mean Girls (1) . If you have not seen this movie, you need to go on Netflix right now and tune in. Mean Girls, is downright hilarious and I definitely believe it will never get old. But, why this movie specifically? Well because, in the famous words of Karen Smith, “On Wednesday’s we wear pink!”

Since outside has been looking quite dull, try adding a little colour in your life. I mentioned before about breaking the fall rules, so do just that by painting your nails a pretty shade of pink. It can be bright, a darker hue, or more subtle, but whatever you choose will be perfect. My recommendation is the Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer by Dior (2) available in Sephora.

I don’t see many people wearing these nowadays, but because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, get a pink ribbon (3)  at the Canadian Cancer Society website and wear it as part of your outfits. Whether you know someone with breast cancer or not, it is always a nice little reminder for people that may forget the importance of these 31 days. It is a beautiful representation of strong women that are constantly battling and never giving up the fight. You can also never give or show too much support for someone, as they hurdle through a tough obstacle in their life.

Now that we have traded in our flip-flops for runners or combat boots, maybe now it’s time to invest in some cozy socks. With a company named PINK by Victoria Secret, you would think that all apparel items would have pink in it! Well, unfortunately not. But they do have cute PINK and pink socks (4)  in store. They will definitely keep you warm while you’re painting your nails and watching Mean Girls.