Five major trends took over international fashion shows this season. New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks presented a plethora of unique ensembles, along with hard to miss standout styles.
Gingham graced the runway at multiple fashion shows for the current Spring/Summer 2015 season. New York-based designers were especially keen on using the classic print in their collections, such as American sportswear icon Michael Kors, the late and incredibly great Oscar de la Renta and recent reality television star, Diane von Furstenberg. As a way of modernizing gingham, which originated in the 1600s, the crop top silhouette brought a youthful feel to the popular print.
Want to try a unique day or evening look for summer? The one shoulder trend is an equally fun and edgy way to change up your outfit. For a daytime event, this purple silk tank from Ralph Lauren is great for a splash of color and some fun. J. Mendel and Rosie Assoulin showcased more formal looks while integrating the asymmetrical trend. A two-in-one dress by Cushnie et Ochs can be dressed up or down with a denim jacket (another trend for this season!) depending on the occasion.
One trend that never seems to go out of style for spring/summer is the bohemian, free-spirited vibe. Emilio Pucci is notorious for goddess-like boho dresses, such as the one seen below. Tie-dye, maxi dresses, fringe, lace, and flowers are staple features of this festival-esque style. The always ethereal brand Chloé made quite the statement with a bold yellow maxi dress for this season. More Coachella and Woodstock dream dresses were seen at Valentino and Roberto Cavalli.
Denim is an all year round fabric that can be sported many ways. Jackets, tops, pants, shorts, jumpsuits, dresses – you name it, and it’s probably been produced in denim. So how is this season’s denim any different? Fendi took on a rare design that denim is not usually seen in: sweatpants. It may sound unlikely, but leave it to designer Karl Lagerfeld to make denim look sporty and fashion forward. Burberry Prorsum also gave denim a unique twist for SS15. Along with a slight peplum fit, the British brand added some furry fun to the bottom of a fitted denim jacket. Chloé went back to the 70s with a high-waisted pair of classic denim shorts. Opting for a more color blocked appearance, the usually preppy Tommy Hilfiger went rock and roll in patchwork denim and leather accessories.
Possibly a nod to the upcoming Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute fashion exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass, kimonos and karate-inspired jackets shook up the runways this season. The always cool Alexander Wang brought a classic vibe to the traditional Asian jacket, whereas 3.1 Phillip Lim dressed it up for a night out. The queen of Parisian chic, Isabel Marant, joined her effortless style with the iconic piece of outerwear for a monochromatic look. In an almost Marilyn Monroe manner, BCBG Max Azria dressed up a high-waisted Kimono style dress with a thigh high slit.