Sorting through all of the looks from all of the shows from four (five, counting L.A.) different cities can feel something like a marathon. That’s why we’re here—to do the heavy lifting for you. We’ve analyzed the best collections from New York, London, Milan, and Paris to bring you the top trends that will be making the biggest impact on our wardrobes next fall. Whether you’re looking to bring the interiors out or embracing an Eastern influence, here’s your cheat sheet to all the top trends from fall 2015.
World of Interiors
Designers pulled from a world of interiors for fall, referencing fabrics and motifs that usually find their home in a chic living room. At Tory Burch, prints reminiscent of Moroccan rugs stole the show, while in London the likes of Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, and Marques ‘ Almeida gave a fresh new look to stately brocades.
The Floor-Duster Coat
Last season’s statement coat trend has legs for fall, quite literally, and hemlines on the most eye-catching outerwear tumbled to the floor at Dries Van Noten, Calvin Klein Collection, and Chanel. Unless you stand over six feet tall in stockinged feet, then pulling off the look will require some towering heels.
A Touch of Fur
The monster furs that percolated on the street style blogosphere this winter were chopped and screwed for fall, and pieces of mink, fox, and Mongolian lamb fur were collaged onto everything from prim double-breasted coats at Prada to evening dresses at Proenza Schouler.
Be it an elegant high-neck ruffled collar or the melancholy elegance of black lace, a Victorian mood pervaded the runways. Designers like Riccardo Tisci placed the energy of the era in a thoroughly modern milieu, and his new collection for Givenchy was a nod to the style of singer FKA twigs and Californian street culture as much as it was to the nineteenth-century queen. Similarly, Altuzarra’s slit dresses and Valentino’s floor-sweeping lace looks were a forward-thinking take on red-carpet dressing.
The Slip Dress
The nineties favorite was reimagined in a myriad of new and unexpected ways this season. At Céline, the slip was gently reconstructed and paneled in contrasting colors; at Prabal Gurung the dress gained a sexy double slit. Worn over pants and under an anorak at Rag & Bone, the traditional lace-trimmed piece provided a clever dusting of femininity to the layered-up winter look.
It started in New York with Rodarte’s unabashedly glitzy sequin cocktail dresses, and when Jonathan Anderson showed his J.W.Anderson collection, inspired by Berlin club kids who partied before the fall of the Wall, it seemed that the glam good-times look of the eighties was officially on its way back. Bold and brash Memphis colors surfaced on the runway at Bottega Veneta too, while the mutton sleeve made a return at Louis Vuitton.
There’s something so alluring about the deceptive simplicity of a white blouse. From high, Victorian frilled collars at Altuzarra to waiter-inspired bow ties at Chanel, from ruffled sleeves at Michael Kors to sheer thrills at Rodarte, the runways were full of reasons to go back and embrace a classic.
Lest you think we were done with the seventies—well, we’re not. Just look at the patchworked textures at Etro, Chloé, or Valentino, where mixed media made for a truly big impact.
Look, good tailoring never goes out of style, and ditto to menswear-inspired style influence. Has there ever been anything as cool and unapologetically femme as a lady in a chic suit? We think not.
From dragons unfurling down the front of a gown at Valentino (or jacket, at Dries Van Noten) to crimson columns of lace (tiered at Alexander McQueen, straight at Diane von Furstenberg, embroidered at Roberto Cavalli) and limitless amounts of gold—at J. Mendel, at Donna Karan, at Louis Vuitton, at Michael Kors, Tom Ford, and Oscar de la Renta—the runways were awash in Chinese influence this season. And how convenient! The Met Gala is just around the corner.
The most touchable of textiles got a very fall-ready makeover this season, in loose wide-legged trousers at Emilio Pucci and Dries Van Noten or tassle-closed capes and wrap skirts at Lanvin, plunging jumpsuits at Sonia Rykiel or sleek coats at Alexander Wang. As if you needed an excuse to get all touchy-feely.
This could have been the season of green Lurex with the amount that unspooled over fall’s runways from Christopher Kane to Marco de Vincenzo, but the real emphasis was on shine: whether in skinny knife pleats at the former or longer fluid styles at Loewe, netted separates at Dior or sequins at Nina Ricci. And really, what better way to make a statement in the new season?
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