Trending now: ’80s, furs, velvet, knitwear and plaid

Every six months, fashion designers unveil their seasonal creations at four fashion weeks in New York City, London, Milan and Paris. These fashion shows boast an attendance of celebrities, magazine editors, department store buyers and more.

The trends displayed in the collections don’t just influence the world of high fashion – these trends trickle down into mass market retailers such as Forever 21, H&M and Target, according to CNN. This means that fashion designers’ creations aren’t just worn by those who can afford them. Trends find their way into the wardrobes of everyday people and even high school students.

Junior Delia Noone of Middletown said she often shops at stores like Forever 21 and H&M and thinks they do a good job of making fashion affordable.

“They come out with new stuff all the time, and it’s always really, really affordable and, at the same time, feels like you’re wearing what’s … trendy,” Noone said.

One of the first things that the fall 2015 fashion week showed the public is that the ‘80s are back. The models at the J.W. Anderson show walked down the runway in wild sweaters inspired by “The Cosby Show.” Eighties shoulders were embraced at Balmain through metallic dresses and through blouses at Louis Vuitton. Mui Mui created looks inspired by ‘80s work wear. Saint Laurent displayed the classically ‘80s poofy skirt.

Sophomore Marcos Guevara of Cliffwood said he sometimes wears ‘80s-inspired clothes, like a hand-me-down jacket made of denim and corduroy.

“I wear the ‘80s the same way my dad wore the eighties: very, very poorly,” Guevara said.

Designers were also inspired by librarians, teachers and students. Gucci’s models sported oversized glasses, berets and loafers while Tommy Hilfiger’s girls earned their varsity letters.

Junior Leo Ross of Fair Haven said his favorite fall look is “leather and sweaters.”

“It enables me to be punk and also comfortable,” Ross said.

Fur lining had a huge presence this season, utilized in more than just the traditional winter coat. At Prada and Proenza Schouler, designers incorporated fur into evening looks with touches of fur on gowns. Gucci created a slipper-like loafer lined with fur for an odd but fun combination of comfort, warmth and elegance.

The other most common fabric this season was velvet. Giorgio Armani created divine velvet pants in bright hues; Sonia Rykiel displayed velvet jumpsuits. British designer Christopher Kane added velvet to dresses by creating silhouettes of women in the soft fabric.

“I’m very passionate about velvet. I’ve never worn [it], but I would very much like to wear velvet,” Ross said.

Checks and plaids are the epitome of fall style, according to Elle. Bottega Veneta created knitwear in the print and Henry Holland mixed various plaids to create autumnal combinations.

Senior Veronica Parker of Millstone said her favorite print is black and white stripes.

“I’m a fan of black and white stripes but used correctly, so you don’t look like Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice is just crossing the line a little bit,” Parker said. “I’m not a big fan of floral print unless it’s classic … so not like the big, bright flowers and not big, bright colors.”

Parker said she hopes that jackets are a trend that lasts through the next fashion year.

“I’m a big fan of the jean jacket thing going on right now, so I hope that stays, because I don’t want to have to buy another jacket. And I’m also really into big peacoats,” she said.


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