2018 inundated us with some fashion trends that we are happy to leave in the past, including the ugly ‘dad’ sneakers and micro-sunglasses. Luckily, a new year brings in an opportunity to update your wardrobe with emerging trends first seen on the runway.
We are predicting 2019 will have a deeper focus on various textures and patterns, giving more room for individual creativity and the ability to adapt trends to personal style. Here are our top fashion trend predictions for 2019:
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According to a Pinterest study, the search words “Bamboo Bag”, was up 2,215% proving that the trend is not slowing down any time soon. Although a statement piece, the accessory is not necessarily practical due to its design and fragile materials. If the delicate nature of the bag is too much for your day-to-day, try and incorporate the trend in other aspects of your wardrobe; chunky geometric jewelry, woven belts from natural materials and wooden block heels, all carry the essence of the bamboo bag.
This accessory was most likely plastered all over your Instagram feed in late 2018. With every fashion blogger clutching a sphere bamboo bag outside of fashion week venues, it’s only fitting that we are going to see more people investing in the revamped accessory throughout 2019.
Gone are the days when bike shorts were found in sporting stores and were meant for actual exercising. Instead, they are paired with chic tailored blazers or oversized shirts and have become a staple for every streetwear-inspired wardrobe. Making an appearance on the recent Spring/Summer 2019 runway circuit, iconic fashion houses like Nassir Zadeh and Fendi adopted the fashion trend in their collection.
Made popular by fashion It Girls including the Hadid’s, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber, the trend is following us through to 2019. Keep in mind the length of the bike short when purchasing your own. The short should always sit a couple of inches above the knee, too long and it could make you look unproportionate and too short may look closer to a lycra bikini bottom.
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From elaborate feather embellishment to feather earrings, faux-feathers are the new faux-fur. Dries Van Noten offered up a more low-key use of the texture while Marc Jacobs offered over-the-top feather dresses.
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Rouching describes the technique of gathering fabric and texture to form detail in a garment. The technique made an impact in the industry during the early ’80s but has made a surprise return for 2019. With the ever-growing athleisure movement, designers have embraced parachute-style rouging which enables the wearer to tug on the pulls and alter the look to serve your creative taste and body shape.
Rouching detail was seen at some of the largest fashion houses Spring/Summer 2019 shows including Altuzarra, Pyper Moss and Burberry. Rouching adds texture and a unique silhouette to any ensemble and can be used to create a statement without incorporating patterns or vibrant color.
This is an alternative to the classic leopard print that has been dominating high-street for years. The snake print made an impression at the recent Autumn/Winter 2018 runway circuit with many brands including Marni, Zimmerman and Rochas have incorporated snake in a variety of ways.
From snakeskin boots, cami dresses and statement bags, the faux print can be used in any form. Try elevate this bold print by buying in neon colors and be sure to make a lasting impression.
Are you ready for a summer spent in tie-dye sweaters, tees, and skirts. Sometimes worn all at once? Sometimes worn with acid wash jeans? Michael Kors made a strong argument for tie-dye last year, now the popular print has reappeared and makes a striking statement that translates from Manhattan to Malibu.
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Creative director Heidi Slimane debuted his first collection with Celine at the recent Spring/Summer 2019 runway show. Few designers have been able to accomplish such intricate and figure enhancing tailoring for woman as the Celine designer. The collection has sparked an increase in female suiting which includes the traditional tuxedo. Opting for a tuxedo for an evening look is both a comfortable yet classic option when done correctly:
- Leave the first few buttons on your shirt undone to avoid looking square at the chest
- Try to keep the tuxedo jacket buttoned to cinch in the waist
- Wear a pant that sits above the hip to enhance your leg length
- A shorter jacket is best on a small frame to avoid looking smothered
The 2021 Met Gala Red Carpet: Weird, Wonderful & Political
The Met Gala Red Carpet was rolled out on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a year off due to Covid-19. There were multiple show-stopping outfits from Lil Nas X while Kim Kardashian and her estranged husband Kanye West turned heads by dressing entirely in black, even their faces.
Amid the glamour, some guests highlighted social issues. The Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had ‘tax the rich’ written in red across the back of her white gown and the sports star Megan Rapinoe carried a clutch bag with the words ‘in gay we trust’.
Cactus Jack x Dior: The Creative Collab Between Kim Jones & Travis Scott Debuts in Paris
For Dior’s Spring 2022 Menswear collection, Kim Jones continued his creative partnerships that fuse different artistic and cultural influences. This time it’s Grammy-nominated rapper, songwriter, producer, businessman and designer, Travis Scott. Titled Cactus Jack x Dior — after Scott’s label, Cactus Jack Records — the collection debuted during Paris Fashion Week on Friday.
Scott has been close to the brand for a while, modelling the Air Dior capsule collection that the French fashion house developed last year with Jordan Brand. Through his Cactus Jack Foundation, founded last year, he partnered with The New School’s Parsons School of Design to establish a fashion program, launching his own scholarship program for historically black colleges and universities.
“A conversation – between two friends, two cultures, and two different eras – results in a collection that explores the identities of a groundbreaking modern musician and the heritage of one of the leading Parisian couture houses,” Dior wrote in the show notes.
According to a press release announcing the partnership, Cactus Jack x Dior is “the first full Dior collection ever created with a musician for the house.”
The collection draws from the desert landscapes of Texas, a nod to both Scott’s home state and a place house founder Christian Dior visited when he brought his debut collection to the United States in 1947. According to the show notes, Texas was an unexpected destination for the founding couturier and the grand canyons and huge dusty deserts made a lasting impression. So too did the ethos and spirit of America – in his own words, ‘the zest for life and self-confidence’.
The models appear in a desert landscape dotted with a buffalo head, giant cacti, roses and mushrooms. Bit by bit, the desert transforms into a rose garden in a nod to Christian Dior’s family home.
The colour palette features a soothing mix of dull pinks, café browns, dusty greys, creamy whites and pale blues, with pops of black and electric green, across Jones’ signature mix of exquisite tailoring and sportswear-inspired separates, and featured hybrid hats designed by Stephen Jones.
The graphics seen throughout — on prints, on embroidery, on patches — are a mix of Scott’s drawings and images from the Dior archive. There’s also collaboration within the collaboration this season, on a line of shirts hand-painted by George Condo that will be auctioned off to fund scholarships for the next generation of creatives.
What Anna Wintour’s Recent Promotion Means for Condé Nast Worldwide
Anna Wintour’s recent promotion at Condé Nast just made the influential editor even more powerful.
On Tuesday, as part of a broader strategy revamp under CEO Roger Lynch, Condé Nast announced that Wintour will become the worldwide Chief Content Officer and Global Editorial Director of Vogue — giving her final say over publications in more than 30 markets around the world — while continuing her oversight of U.S. Vogue.
The promotion gives Wintour vision over all of Condé Nast’s titles worldwide and puts her in charge of all of Vogue’s 25 global editions, on top of her longtime role as editor in chief of Vogue U.S.
Wintour is regarded as one of the most influential women in fashion. She was named Vogue’s U.S. editor in 1988 and quickly became one of the most powerful tastemakers in the fashion industry, making stars of upcoming designers while forging deep relationships with the top fashion houses. She turned the magazine into Condé Nast’s biggest moneymaker, and in 2014 she was named the company’s U.S. artistic director. Last year she joined a global leadership team to advise on global content opportunities.
For decades she has been chairwoman of the Met Gala at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she inspired the character played by Meryl Streep in the 2006 film “The Devil Wears Prada.”
“Anna’s appointment represents a pivotal moment for Condé Nast as her ability to stay ahead in connecting with new audiences, while cultivating and mentoring some of today’s brightest talent in the industry, has made her one of media’s most distinguished executives,” said Lynch in a statement.
Wintour’s expanded role is part of the media and publishing company’s move to install editorial leaders with a global vision for most of its brands.
Edward Enninful, the most powerful Black editor at Condé Nast, was made the head of Vogue’s editions in Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Simone Marchetti will become the European editorial director of Vanity Fair, putting him in charge of its editions in France, Italy and Spain. The American and British versions of Vanity Fair will remain under the control of Radhika Jones.
Condé Nast also announced the appointment of global editorial directors of AD (Architectural Digest), Condé Nast Traveler and GQ, with the remaining global brands to follow in early 2021. According to the company, the new editorial structure will “ensure global consistency of the brands,” including on the video front in partnership with the Condé Nast Entertainment team.
It’s been a turbulent year for Anna Wintour and Condé Naste. Amid the Black Lives Matter movement, the veteran editor was called out over lack of diversity at Vogue and was criticised by members of her own staff for fostering a workplace that sidelined women of colour. In June, Wintour herself acknowledged she had made “mistakes” by not doing enough to elevate black voices on her staff. She likewise admitted she had published images and stories that now are viewed as racially and culturally “hurtful or intolerant.”
“Undoubtedly, I have made mistakes along the way, and if any mistakes were made at Vogue under my watch, they are mine to own and remedy and I am committed to doing the work,” Wintour told the New York Times in October.
The changes come at the close of a brutal year in the media world due to COVID-19 and the drop off of advertising, particularly in print, where Condé Nast still derives the bulk of its revenue. The pandemic dashed any hope for a revival. In April, the company cut pay and furloughed staffers. In mid-May, the worsening ad crisis forced layoffs of about 100 people.
Whispers that Wintour would leave Vogue had circulated at fashion-industry parties and gossip columns for years. However, the announcement of Anna Wintour’s recent promotion seems to have dispelled that rumour as she has once again survived another round of intense criticism and seemingly emerged stronger than ever.