Fashion week season has wrapped up, and it’s time to talk about those fabulous trends that stormed the runways. Couture fashions can seem downright intimidating and darn near impossible to style into an everyday wardrobe (when only viewed as high fashion). The key is to look beyond that, break down the outfit and see what individually stands out.
Handled to the rescue. We’ve selected our most coveted trends and statement pieces to show you how to take the inspo from the runway and make it rock in your everyday closet.
NYFW and the fab that is technicolour leopard
Leopard’s a classic print that continues to appear season after season in fresh and exciting ways and has been since the 1920’s (um hello, Joan Crawford).
This Spring leopard coats were a strong standout favourite amongst the Fashion Week 2018 collections, and NYFW showed a veritable stampede. Not only are designers leaning towards the classic colourway for the print, but they’re also trying to reinvent leopard into technicolour. Several of the collections were filled with lime green, electric red, neon blue, and purple.
The key to incorporating this bold- yet possibly a little much – trend into an everyday outfit is allowing the piece to be the star of the show. Think leopard jacket, blouse or topper paired with a great pair of dark washed skinny jeans. Or a really simple coloured blouse with a rockin’ pair of leopard trousers. Or, a great go-to: pairing a monochrome outfit with leopard-print shoes or booties! LOVE!
Oh… and by the way you guys out there… leopard isn’t just for women! Don’t be afraid to let your animal print-loving self loose. #genderequality #fashionrules #GetYourLeopardOn
OK, so here at Handled we have a rough time advocating the wearing of athletic wear any place but the gym. Come on, we’re ALL better than that.
Enter athleisure. It’s the ever-so-universal style has quite quickly become a major hit in the fashion world, and with that comes stylish loungewear and fashion sneakers. The platform sneaker has been around for a little while now, and is becoming even more of a fashion staple for the Fall. It’s reminiscent of 90’s fashion and is giving us some serious Spice Girls flashbacks!
Comme des Garçons x Nike, Balenciaga, Vêtements, and Junya Watanabe are just a handful of designers who rocked this trend on their runways. The platform sneaker is about as versatile a footwear can be, letting you style virtually any outfit from a jogger & oversized T, to a flirty sundress, to a power suit. Think about different fabrics or leathers, as well as embellishments (like sequins or embroidery) to add that extra tszuj. Check out our selected pics to view, for your closet inspo.
PATCH, BABY, and a fuschia sprinkle
We love us some 60’s chic here at Handled. 60’s boho style made a fashion comeback across the runways of fashion week in the form of patchwork dresses and bold fuchsia accents. Christian Dior debuted a collection of patchwork trousers, skirts, coats, and most importantly, dresses (tell us, who can resist dresses?) that continued the gloriousness of the Georgia O’Keefe hommage from last season. This trend can feel like a challenge to style because, well, we don’t want to be channeling Mrs. Roper (a la Three’s Company) after all, but when done right, it is a major fashion statement that can strike up any conversation. Adding a belt to cinch the waist, and layering on delicate jewellery gives the look an ultra feminine and easy breezy vibe, reminiscent of the decade that the trend is inspired from.
The bold fuchsia statements were another hit. From jumpsuits to sheath dresses, from suits to fur coats (real or faux) and everywhere in between, fuchsia pairs beautifully. It stands up as both the accent to add that special something, or as the head-to-toe statement you’re making. Mic drop. You’re welcome.
Get your fringe on
We’re thrilled to announce that fringe is no longer exclusive to millennials flocking to Coachella during festival season. Breaking free of these strict, (yet ironically, free-spirited!) confines, fringe re-emerged during fashion week and promises to be a front-runner trend come fall. Taking a cue from hippie culture of the 70’s, and some pretty rad inspiration from the wild west, designers such as Isabel Marant, Veronica Beard and Coach went full fringe and cowgirl chic. Much like the statement making leopard jacket, let the fringe speak for itself. Pairing a casual, even oversized, white Tee with a swingy fringe skirt is effortlessly chic and equally stylish. Edge up your look with a classic black leather jacket and you’re all set to shimmy your way into Fall.
Don’t forget the finishing touches! Fringe bags, boots, even earrings will be coming in hot and fabulous, with the promise of endless accessorizing options. Jazz up a classic tailored look with the pop of a cobalt fringe earring, or add a western vibe to a feminine sundress with a fringed handbag.