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!

Five Paris Men’s Fashion Week Shows That Stood Out

Each fashion capital comes with its own anticipations, but Paris, for both men’s and women’s collections, is the one that I get more excited about. The Paris Men’s Fashion Week shows offered many wearing staples, and two of the major running themes throughout were a new take on suiting and proportions. Many designers looked to the 80’s and 90’s for inspiration for their Fall 2017 collections. It will be interesting to see how their ideas trickle down to the everyday man, but for those who grew up during those decades it won’t be too overwhelming.

Here is our round up of five collections that stood out during Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

Valentino 

Photo Credit: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino man might not run in the same circle as the women he designs for, but I was highly impressed by his first solo collection for men. For Fall 2017, the designer brought in a bit of a punk attitude by teaming up with Sex Pistol’s graphic designer, Jamie Reid, and placing two different slogans on coats, sweaters, and baseball caps.

The collection offers men wearable staples, and I am sure the design teams at Zara and H&M are already figuring out how to knock them off.

Dries van Noten

Photo Credit: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

Any fashion recap I write has to include Dries van Noten. I have been a huge fan of the Belgian for sometime now as he is one of few designers I would wear completely head-to-toe if my bank account permitted.

For fall, van Noten played with proportions — boxy blazers à la David Byrne and oversized sweaters paired with narrow trousers. This look was first seen at Balenciaga, but Dries offered more wearable options and his felt less costume-y.

Berluti 

Photo Credit: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

Designer Heider Ackermann showed that he can scale back while remaining true to his design aesthetic for his debut as Berluti’s new creative director. The collection offered pieces that will satisfy customers of the brand and die-hard fans of the designer.

Dior Homme

Photo Credit: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

Kris Van Assche has long proved that he was a worthy successor to Hedi Silmane at Dior Homme. I am not one for wanting to wear a suit but Van Assche showed many options that I could see myself in, and that many guys could wear. The Tron-esque sunglasses are definitely a covetable item for next season.

Thom Browne

Photo Credit: Kim Weston Arnold / Indigital.tv

A Thom Browne show does not always include wearable clothes but the ideas are there. After all, the designer started his career creating cropped trousers and shrunken suit jackets that are all the rage now, but at the time seemed a bit too fashion forward especially from an American designer.

For Fall 2017, the designer continued to play with the idea of suiting proportions and, though there were no 50 shades of grey in the collection, grey was the main color for the collection. Often, what is seen on the runway won’t make it to the stores, but bravo to Thom Browne for continually putting on interesting shows.

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One Month, One Style: Nothing But Velvet

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Photo: Bergdorf-Goodman Catalogue

For many, November signals the beginning of winter. As the days get shorter, heralding in the rainy and snowy season, we tend to look for rich textures and elegant uses of colour to glam up our gloomy days.

It is only natural then that velvet is the fabric of the month. Whether you are on your way to work or attending a festive event, velvet can elevate both your everyday style and your evening look. That’s why we are so excited to welcome back this major 90’s trend.

As you’ve probably noticed, velvet is everywhere. Balmain, Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Bottega Veneta, and many more designers have introduced their interpretation of the luxe fabric. We believe that now is the perfect time to embrace the trend in full force.

There are plenty of ways to wear this sensual material: the only rule is to wear it wisely and to avoid looking over the top. Incorporate it with unexpected styles and keep it sophisticated by avoiding velvet over-layering.

Velvet all the way

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Photo: Fashionista.com

Head-to-toe velvet can be intimidating, but it can look incredibly cool if you know how to pull it off. Velvet suits look amazing in deep colours, so go for blazers and pants in burgundy, navy blue, bottle green, or black. Also, it’s better to choose a sleek suit in an architectural silhouette with clean lines. To execute the look perfectly, pair it with sheer top underneath and stiletto heels. This look evokes vintage elegance, so no wonder we crave the rich fabric more and more.

Killing it softly

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Photo: Elle.es (Valentino FW16)

Velvet dresses are a great option when the weather is slightly warmer. It’s also the classy choice for those of us who want to play it safe. Opt for a long slip dress, which is having a major moment, and wear it over a tight long-sleeved tee

For a fashion forward statement, choose cobalt over navy, ochre instead of green, and raspberry instead of red; these vibrant colours will take velvet to the next level. A high quality fabric will keep you safe from looking cheap.

On the edge

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Dries Van Noten FW16 | Photo: Vogue.com

Those of us who grew up in the 90’s probably remember the velvet choker, the epitome of cool. If you haven’t had the chance then, now is the time to try it. We’ve already seen it among the It-girl squads like Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin as part of their off-duty street style looks, but this trend is only getting stronger. Without a doubt, this simple velvet ribbon is a cool accent that will give your appearance a little edgy boost without interfering with your outfit.

Walking On Velvet

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Philip Lim FW16 | Photo: Imaxtree

Take a break from your favourite old black boots as the other must have on our list are velvet booties. This is the year of the plushy fabric and we think that every girl should definitely own at least one trendy pair of this retro inspired accessory. From platform boots to stilettos, or even in a cowboy look, the rich fabric will elevate a casual look and will add a touch of glamour to your life.

Drama Queen

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Vetements FW16 | Photo: Vogue.com 

We know there is no substitute for a puffy warm parka, but our winter wardrobe isn’t complete without an overly dramatic velvet coat that will literally feed every fashionista’s soul. The velvety effect already present in the coats department is the best way to add some vintage avant-garde glam to your outfit. But don’t say we didn’t warn you: this look requires a lot of attitude and confidence. Otherwise, it’s not going to work.

 

 

Fashion Month Winners: 5 people who wowed at New York, London, and Paris

Fashion has always been a melting pot for art. Painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, music, etc. Have all been mixed together by designers at one point or another. This mix of art, along with culture and everyday life, produces winning moments that go down in fashion history. Now these days, fashion’s biggest wow moments aren’t usually caused by who put on the biggest show, or who made the biggest gown rather, fashion wows are now made with simple gestures that entice the viewer to look deeper into the collection and the inspiration. Instead of just the superficial. Here are some of fashion month’s biggest winners.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos
Photo: Yannis Vlamos

1. Whoopi Goldberg

With brands like Marc Jacobs, Jeremy Scott, and The Blonds all showing their collections in the city every season, New York fashion week has always been the home of eccentric and border pushing fashion. This “anything goes” atmosphere results in front rows being packed with the most fashion forward (and eccentric) celebrities in the business. This season, in a surprising turn, It was actress and TV host Whoopi Goldberg who took the NYFW spotlight. Having been spotted at major shows around New York throughout the week. Whoopi became the talk of the fashion community when she was seen attending shows like J.Crew and Hood By Air, among others. However, the real magic happened when Whoopi stormed down the runway at this season’s Opening Ceremony show. The show, which featured a politically charged theme, saw Goldberg closing the runway show in a black ruffled dress and all the confidence in the world. The real shining moment is the message this sends. Whoopi walked the runway for one of the most high-profile shows during fashion week, all at the wonderful age of 60. If she can do it, so can anyone.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos
Photo: Yannis Vlamos

2. Christopher Bailey

Fashion has been changing quite rapidly in the past few years. At one point, customers had to wait months for their favourite pieces from a collection to hit stores. Now, certain brands are allowing their customers to purchase pieces as soon as they hit the runway. The “see now, buy now” trend has quickly been picking up steam within the last few seasons, with brands like Tommy Hilfiger and Tom Ford spearheading the trend. This season, Burberry’s CEO and creative director, Christopher Bailey, set out to showcase a stunning collection of ready-to-wear garments that would be put up for sale as soon as they were shown on the runway. And stunning it was. Burberry fw16 has not only been regarded as one of the best shows at London fashion week this season, it’s also being regarded as one of Bailey’s greatest achievements as of yet. The collection, which features pieces inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel “Orlando,” has since become a success. With analysts at Burberry and The Business of fashion stating that certain pieces from the show have sold out, causing well-deserved spikes in sales

 

Photo: IMAXtree
Photo: IMAXtree

3. Kenzo’s Runway

Kenzo has been a fashion power player since it’s birth in 1970, and it seems the progressive brand is refusing to slow down in terms of innovation and fresh design. Surprisingly, this season at Kenzo wasn’t remarkable for only the clothes, but for the runway presentation as well. For their spring-summer 2017 collection, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim created a beautifully intriguing space that showcased the brand’s knack for always adding the unexpected to its designs. The runway space, which invoked a feeling of the renaissance, was littered with “human statues.” But these human statues weren’t your typical models. Some of the models seen on the runway were plus size and even had amputated limbs, this just further added to the surrealism of the entire show. Apart from having models in every shape and size, the use of a human museum set alongside a predominantly disco themed collection actually fed into the theme. In the eyes of the designers, what could be more excessive than disco? A museum with living artifacts, that’s what.

 

Photo: Umberto Fratini
Photo: Umberto Fratini

4. Pierpaolo Piccioli

2016 has been a year of major changes within the fashion industry. Houses like Lanvin and Dior were all put into situations where their futures as fashion powerhouses were placed into question. Valentino was one of the major design house whose future was called into question. Since 2008, the house of Valentino had been headed by design duo Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri. The two have since led the brand into new found success, propelling Valentino Garvani’s iconic brand into the 21st century. However, when Valentino announced that Maria Grazia would be leaving the house to become the creative director at Dior, many believed that the split would leave Valentino in a fashion grey area. Alas, this was the stepping stone for Pierpaolo needed to truly showcase his vision. For his ss17 collection, Piccioli was able to break free from the constraints set by designing as a pair and created a collection completely inspired by his singular vision. The collection, which is bathed in hues of pink, green, and black, was deeply inspired by the renaissance and beyond. The collection has ultimately allowed Valentino to open a new chapter within the house’s already historic book.

 

Photo: Yannis Vlamos
Photo: Yannis Vlamos

5. Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Statement Shirt

Big changes came to the house of Dior this year. The wheels were set in motion at the historic house when Raf Simon’s departed late last year. Since then, the house of Dior spent half a year trying to find a designer with enough skill to take the reigns for future collections. Following a brief period spent in fashion limbo, where the house asked it’s ateliers to spearhead its collections, Maria Grazia Chiuri was finally given the daunting task of designing for the massive brand. With her signature sense of femininity and movement that she honed at Valentino, Maria was able to create a decent enough collection for the brand. The stylistic change left many either in love, or wanting more from the designer. But this isn’t to say that Dior didn’t wow this season. During her predominately soft and demure collection, Maria decided to throw in a curve ball. A t-shirt which had the words “We should all be feminists” boldly printed on its fabric. Now to some, this may just be a way of garnering attention for the brand, but in reality, this simple gesture poses a big question. Has fashion finally come to a place where it can make social and political statements? Of course fashion has always made artistic statements, but fashion has never really been blatant when making statements on social justice issues. The beauty of what Maria Grazia did wasn’t in the article of clothing itself, but rather, in the seed she’s embedded. Will this moment mark a change where designers begin creating socially aware fashion? We’ll have to wait and see.

 

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