New menswear taps into the prevailing disruptive mood, embracing the transition with exciting and alternative design solutions. Designs accommodate this flux with clever hybrid styles and a new focus on detail – effectively changing the emphasis and balance of styles. A relaxed sensibility emerges in designs which offer less restriction and more freedom. Fabrics are a key consideration enabling this required stretch and essential comfort.
Womenswear carries a sense of authority and confidence, a practical approach to design with subtle deviations to the norm. This turbulent effect ripples through womenswear with hybrid styles combining elements from opposing sectors of the market.
This key report for spring/summer 2019 sets out the 3 CORE TRENDS of the season. Extensive multidisciplinary research leads these trends into workable solutions for Women, Men and Youth categories, providing direction, not only for apparel and accessories, but a wide range of creative industries.
Authenticity is at the core of BAG design, superfluous details are stripped back to reveal solid, enduring looks. BELTS take an alternative route with maximalist influences and statement graphics. In FOOTWEAR the focus is on contemporary and futurist looks with a clean and minimal finish. Discover the new shapes, clever styling and decorative effects taking fashion forward into A/W 2018/19.
Familiar utility and hardware components inspire an adaptable approach to JEWELLERY design. In EYEWEAR, directional looks combine old and new aesthetics adding a familiar undertone to contemporary styles. HATS are in retro mood, here the look dips into black music culture, revisiting defining styles from the ‘80s urban scene.
This exciting introduction to the new season provides a solid analysis of three core themes: RESPECTus, MICROmanAGE and ACCIDENTISM. The forecast report defines these key trends by bringing together multidisciplinary research and detailed fashion analysis. We explore what’s happening culturally in music, books, photography, architecture, interior design, art, films and video, and translate the influence of science, technology and food. This wide-ranging research is then channeled into the main themes, which expand into clear, actionable trend information for Women, Men and Youth categories.
Precision cut, polished and crafted. This new crop of jewellery looks ahead with cool confidence. For women’s earrings the mood swings between balance and imbalance. Precision is countered with asymmetry and irregularity, creating an engaging off-kilter look. Solo earrings or mismatched pairings add to the sense of disruption and subtle irregularities evoke a hand-touched appeal. Bold design dominates the eyewear sector, with a wave of transparent, angular, geometric and patterned frames. Wiry metal structures square up into retro influenced styles, and action-ready sporty wraps add delicious curves.
Angular lines introduce a sharp geometric look to women’s footwear styles and technology plays a leading role for the men’s market. In the youth sector there’s a softening effect in styles which incorporate stretch woven/knit fabrics or malleable materials. Women’s hats look to the past for inspiration and masculine styles take a casual route.
Original Bag & Belt designs are shaped by the movement of trends and highlight the key pieces to impact fashion in SS18. It’s an era of extreme proportions with both mega and mini size bags dominating the scene. Belts are also feeling the supersizing effect in extended lengths for men and women. Add-on details are key, sometimes purely for effect, but more often for functional adjustments. Lifestyle additions are key, with straps for yoga mats and links for clip-on purses and wallets.
Take a fresh new look at women’s swimwear with our latest report, which outlines the forward moving trends for spring/summer 2018. Detailed design flats reveal the new direction for bikinis and swimsuits, and accurate trend analysis provides the reasoning behind these design decisions. Styles push forward in a contemporary mood and also look back with retro influenced details. Designs include sculptured shapes and unstructured styles, fabric and pattern direction and a special focus on finishing details and trims.
The latest design report reveals the new shapes for women’s jackets and coats, from casual street-styled pieces to upmarket luxury items. A new approach to outerwear breaks down traditional concepts in favour of deconstructed styles, which re-examine what we expect from this sector of the market. This new wave of jackets and coats reshapes the future with styles that break away from the norm. Familiar styles are recut or skewed and bold design details shift the focus.
The latest design package for S/S18 spotlights women’s jersey and knitwear areas, covering tops, sweaters, dresses, skirts and trousers from casual street-styled pieces to upmarket luxury items. The middle ground falls away, leaving behind styles, which either connect to the street or push into the luxury sector. At the sophisticated end are jersey tops with chiffon sleeves or decorative crop tops with lingerie details, while youth-centric looks revolve around distorted classic sportswear incorporating unconventional design ideas.
Skirts incorporate movement in styles with a gentle flare or through the addition of splits, gathers and frills. Hybrid skirt styles combine the structure of tailoring with soft frills or gathers. Tailored trouser silhouettes are nostalgic with high waistlines and neatly cropped lengths. Sports-inspired pants feature gathers and drawstrings and shorts have a lingerie look with delicate details.
Structure eases off in generously proportioned styles and soft, easy shapes. Where there is structure, it’s softened with deep splits at the hemline, or wide cuts at the neckline. This free-spirited look opens the way for lighter, softer, more open fabrics in sheer lace; qualities with a fluid handle and fine cottons with added stretch.
In this season of contrasts, menswear silhouettes are divided and pull in two opposing directions. Slimline styles skim the body and contrast with wider and longer silhouettes, which are generously proportioned. Tailored jersey adds a casual note to structured styles, and construction itself is in the spotlight with contrast stitching and visible linings.
The new outerwear silhouette is dominated by unstructured shapes, and drop shoulder/rounded raglan sleeves add to the easy mood. Fabrics determine the finished look, which can be soft and shirt-like, or stiff like a protective uniform. The movement towards workwear uniforms throws the focus on pockets, reinforced panels and shirt-style collars.
The polo shirt is a key player with alternative versions for men and youth sectors. Stretch terry fabrics add an accessible retro vibe, and engineered knits upgrade the look with luxe yarns. Handknit sweaters feature subtle alterations to proportions and new points of focus. The relaxed mood expands into jersey shorts and pants in wide, easy proportions with fresh details.
There is a subtle push towards tailoring, which in the trouser/shorts sector, smartens up the look. Rather than having a formal effect, styles remain grounded with the addition of sports detailing and the casual, relaxed attitude of streetwear. Slouchy volume is balanced and controlled with pleats and a belted waist or a tapered cut and braces are revived as part of the trend for a higher waistline.
This issue provides original menswear designs and insider analysis for the shirts/woven tops sector. In it we take a look at the new stretched and expanded silhouettes, and the romantic detailing used to soften some of the contemporary lines. Hybrid designs provide shirt/jacket combinations, which are perfect for early spring drops, in lightweight and technical fabrics. Blank-fronted shirts take minimalism to the extreme and are a great direction for formal styles.
This exciting introduction to the new season brings together original multidisciplinary research and detailed catwalk analysis. Forward fashion information is gathered from Ready-to Wear, Haute Couture and Street sources. We translate the influence of science, technology and food, exploring what’s happening culturally in music, books, photography, architecture, interior design, art, films and video.