At Corner we love the hope the new year brings, and thankfully our 2014-tired attire is not exempt from the reviving effect of the turning of the clock. Much to the relief of our athleisure-plagued wardrobes, this year’s fashion forecast yields designs free from the ubiquitous ’90s influence. While we’re still feeling the reverberations of the AW14 shows – shows in which nostalgia for our youth ironically trickled down runways – 2015’s superlative trends are taking a different direction: moving away from normcore and the cult fashions of our childhood, to modern renderings of the ultimate retro styles. With our edit of the looks that walked the latest Fashion Weeks, we challenge you to freshen up your image.
Here are our 2015 fashion resolutions: the Ten Commandments:
1. Thou Shalt Savour the Sixties.
Amongst Tommy Hilfiger’s ode to Woodstock, Gucci’s luxe ladies of the canyon, Chanel’s technicolour tie-dyes and Saint Laurent’s sparkling rock goddesses, the SS15 collections unilaterally pronounced one thing: may 2015 be the Year of the Haute Hippie. But that doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club reincarnated. No, Alberta Ferretti, Chloé and Dries Van Noten also provided ample peasant blouses, liberty prints and leather fringing for the flower children out there.
2. Thou Shalt Make a Statement.
Be it political statement by way of Chanel’s feminist picketers, or a statement against clothing items themselves à la Sibling’s pants-free girl, if ever there was a time to share your perspective through fibres, 2015 would be it. Perhaps your fashion statement is anti anything statement (in which case Boss’ latest line is more your sartorial trajectory), whatever your stylistic statement, wear it loud and wear it proud. Like J.W.Anderson’s floppy leather hat.
3. Thou Shalt Dress Like a Tween.
Fashion is for fun. So get into it. Last year’s ironic ‘90s mania has evolved – matured, you could say – into a phase that most of us would sooner forget: the tween years. The fashion kid’s growing up, and we’re now in the midst of that awkward period pock-marked with paisley bandana tube tops (hello, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela), motif t-shirts and foam pool sliders. In addition to Coach, New York Fashion Week newbie Adam Selman thinks it’s a great idea, especially with his country club-esque collection. So go on; dabble a little in the pre-pubescent sea punk stylings of Marc by Marc Jacobs. Which reminds us…
4. Thou Shalt Summon the Inner Sea Siren.
Refer back to the Disney days and rouse your inner Ariel, for 2015 is one for The Little Mermaid fans. Rodarte was the first to reveal sea siren-inspired looks, where SS15’s runways were soon awash with other interpretations of the life aquatic. Valentino and Burberry Prorsum premiered barely-there silk gowns as delicate as sea foam, and digital print queen Mary Katrantzou took her cues from the coral reefs. Oh yes, now is when you should definitely dedicate your duds to la mer.
5. Thou Shalt Grid and Bare it.
The offspring of last year’s plaid madness and sheer skirt movement, the grid-and-bare-it is a hybrid of the two 2014 trends. (And is, not to mention, of equally varying wearability.) For the more conservative of folk, Balmain and Fendi’s opaque options certainly suffice. Or, be brave and boldly don Balenciaga and Akris’ net-like numbers, Either way, you might be able to go off the grid, but your clothes won’t.
6. Thou Shalt Love Leather.
Fur may have had its hey-day in 2014, but this year, skin is in. Whether it’s suede, studded, patent or nappa, as long as you be-hide yourself, you’re one step ahead. Show your love for leather by championing looks akin to those debuted by fashion front-runners Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Proenza Schouler and Miu Miu. Mammalian or reptilian, it doesn’t matter, just make it butter-soft.
7. Thou Shalt Trump the Trompe L’Oeil.
Trippy fabric pairings, cuts that deceive the eye, and some serious line play: that’s this year’s trompe l’oiel effect alright. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Alexander Wang showcased a skilled application of the latter, creating novel shapes from mere striping. At the other end of the spectrum, Céline experimented with bold floral patterns to produce jarring silhouettes, as Prada fused the two distortive elements. Use these tools and you, too, can become a master of illusion.
8. Thou Shalt Lengthen Those Lines.
Layers, ahoy! Hemlines of the extended variety expected in coming months. Labels DKNY, Hermès, Giorgio Armani, The Row and Céline have already presented longline designs embracing tiers, mid-calf cuts and oversized silhouettes. Similarly, Christian Dior, Victoria Beckham and Lanvin’s creations possess comparably ladylike proportions; so no knees allowed! The fashion gods have spoken.
9. Thou Shalt Always Be Prepared.
Make like a scout and ‘be prepared’ for any fashion emergency. (Lord knows your innumerable pockets will be able to handle it.) Dress yourself in stylish iterations of soldier uniforms for maximum efficiency. The best utility looks were sighted at Marc Jacobs, Acne Studios and Ralph Lauren, with rag & bone and Stella McCartney also equipping their models with the right armour for a downtown stake-out. So suit up, because hey, it’s a tough world out there…
10. Thou Shalt Saturate Senselessly.
Some of fashion’s biggest hitters have all opted for a dash (or considerable splash) of colour in their 2015 lines. For your hue suggestions, turn to edible inspiration. Exhibit A: Antonio Berardi’s monochrome tangerine pieces. See other: Erdem’s lemon tones, Diane von Furstenberg’s lollipop pinks and Christopher Kane’s lavenders. Don’t limit your pigment-infused ensembles to summer; aim for an all-year colour burst. Indeed, the future’s looking bright.