As a stylist and image consultant I spend a lot of time shopping and styling clothing. Even when I’m not looking at clothing, I’m probably thinking about it. One of my favourite fashion mania is trend forecasting and taking each trend to a new level to suit different skin tones, body shapes and personalities. This is my game!
The end of Paris Fashion Week saw the closing of fashion month. A wide diversity of trends made their way down the runways from Milan to Paris, giving us a full and clear insight into what trends will trickle down into our wardrobes next spring/summer.
But first let’s take a dive into Chanel’s SS19 couture collection.
Well, it wouldn’t be a Chanel show without a wildly imaginative set up. To set the tone for this show, Chanel constructed a Mediterranean paradise inside the Grand Palais in central Paris, offering a dreamlike respite from the snowy climes outside. A grand Italian villa overlooked a pool edged with real grass, surrounded by palm and orange trees, and framed by high walls painted the colour of a Sicilian sky. Karl Lagerfeld, however, was notably absent from the show.
Many of the models wore looks with a focus on feathers and all of them were wearing feather earrings and hair accessories. We’ve long predicted that feathers will be everywhere in 2019!
While beige is set to be one of the biggest colours this spring, pastels and candy hues will also be in high demand over the next few months.
We also noticed that every model was wearing pointed-toe stiletto boots with a thin strap at the back, so we guess this would be the ‘it’ shoe for SS19.
More new season hits:
The eighties is the decade that keeps on giving! Consider power shoulders, balloon sleeves, bold primary-hued blazers and knee length dresses. Style Tip: If you’re a pear body shape and you need to elongate your shoulders to balance your lower and upper body, then this is your game!
Wave goodbye to micro handbags
Size matters when it comes to handbags in SS19. Move over micro bags, big handbags are making a comeback. Style tip: If you are petite, go for the medium size not the oversized.
For effortless yet powerful style, there’s nothing like a boiler suit! Style tip: Boiler or jumpsuits complement mostly all body shapes and you can always accessorize it with a belt to show your waistline.
Yellow isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Integrate it into your wardrobe and invite it to brighten up any look, it’s guaranteed to deliver. Style tip: If yellow doesn’t complement your under skin tone or is not your bestie, then you can wear it away from your face.
Neon is another trend with surprising staying power. Fluorescent brights are very much on tap for 2019. Go bright or stay home! Style tip: Select one bright piece to pair with your outfit but don’t overdo it because you don’t want to glow in the dark!
A bit of spark won’t hurt
Sparkle and shine isn’t just a holiday trend. Style tip: Keep your sequined pieces in rotation in 2019 and pair them with casual wear to get extra mileage.
Rule number one this SS19, clashing patterns must be your mantra! Every print and every colour from geometric and crochet to check and floral, mash up and wear them all at once. Style tip: If you flow in the classic style personality, it’s hard on you to handle this patchwork style! Choose one piece to accessorize your classic outfit like a silk scarf to give your look a bohemian touch.
I know! We were all surprised at the recurrence of this 60s print but it seems tie-dye truly is back in fashion. So there you have it, plenty of runway proof that tie-dye might just replace your monochromatic palette. Style tip: If, like me, you’re not a big fan of this trend, then you might consider wearing a long tie-dyed beach dress on a sunny beach day.
Let’s face it, every single person should own at least one power suit. You might not be a suit person but it’s an essential piece you need to consider for SS19. Style tip: To break that corporate feeling, pair it with a tucked-in slogan sweater or tee. Add sneakers or slouchy high knee boots.