Spring fashion forecast [Southern Hemisphere]
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2018 photo - but is the bright pink dress back for Spring? Read on....
[Image courtesy of Australian Turf Club]
Here it is - Spring trends predictions for the parts of the world where winter is just starting.
Those of us hibernating or hauling out our winter layers love to use this time to plan for the months ahead. Some trawl the internet, getting inspired or nabbing bargains from the Northern Hemisphere sales. Some put in orders with their dressmakers or milliners. Some reorganise closets and rethink how to use old favourites.
[Etro fashion show in Milan]
But ... trying to predict trends is different this year.
Covid continues to intervene.
Instead of major runway shows, we have digital fantasies and creative pop-up events.
We have less street style, and more direct social media marketing.
Award shows have become a comedy of celebrities trying to do instagram outfits in their backyards or lounge rooms.
The new heroes of fashion - the non-industry people showing their style online - are shaking things up.
And on it goes.....
As I write this, Royal Ascot is about to get underway after running behind closed doors last year. It's often an indicator of where higher-end trends are going, so I probably should wait. But RA can have a blog post all of its own, right?
So, here are my current predictions for Spring 2021 [the Antipodean version]. ----->
STYLE TREND - REGENCY
[Regency-inspired dresses from Self-Portrait; LoveShackFancy; Rotate]
This is no surprise. Thanks, Bridgerton.
All year, subtle influences from the Regency era have been infiltrating the fashion world.
Empire waist dresses, corset-style outfits, feathers, brocade, floaty feminine looks and accessories such as pearl and jewel headpieces and necklaces will all remain popular.
But - pared down for the 21st century.
And we don't swoon over princes either - we're too busy creating our own fiefdoms.
[Needle and Thread]
[Emilio Pucci Headband]
STYLE TREND - COTTAGECORE
[images from cottagecore.com]
Overlaps here with the regency trend (above) and the sustainable trend (below). Cottagecore is a movement which idealises rural life - the romantic countryside, traditional crafts and skills, nature and nostalgia.
It's been trending for awhile, and it's not stopping soon. Think peasant dresses, soft and pretty floral prints, ruffles, and layers.
[Peasant-style dress from Lug Von Siga]
[Jumpsuit - Cleobella]
Now, add the rise of craftwork - such as macrame and crochet items (often layered on top of slips or separates), patchwork, beading and other handmade or cottage-inspired materials.
[Patchwork dress by Oscar de la Renta; Lacework ~ Self-Portrait; Macrame from Edon Choi]
[Patchwork - Dolce and Gabbana]
[Broderie Anglaise shirt from Sea]
[Bag from Forma]
STYLE TREND - SUSTAINABLE
[Sustainable fashions from the Royal Ascot Style Guide 2021 - LK Bennett; Hobbs; vintage Chanel; vintage YSL]
Also not new, but stepping up even more onto the main stage.
Major fashion houses this year have upcycled clothes, used remnants and deadstock, sourced ethical materials and finally realised we have to look after our earth. Even the Royal Ascot Style Guide got the message, using vintage pieces as core components of their looks.
[Prada - made from recycled nylon]
[Richard Malone - recycled leather]
Mixing and matching vintage and new items, or altering old outfits for new looks are still some of the hottest trends for all the right reasons.
[Vintage Perri Cutten from Packratt Vintage]
[Vintage dress from Beyond Retro]
[Square-necked dress from Reformation - which has sustainable practices in every sector of their company]
STYLE TREND - SHEER
[Staud; Alice and Olivia; Fendi]
Sheer sleeves and necklines have long been popular.
But add in sheer dresses over various underneath looks.
Sheer fills over cutouts.
Sheer anywhere really.
STYLE TREND - EXUBERANCE
I'm predicting this one regardless of all the neutrals filling our shopfronts at the moment.
After tough times, and a period of regrouping, comes the breakout. World War I and the Spanish Influenza --> then came the flapper era. WWII --> in 1947 Dior showcased the 'New Look' and reams of material were bought in droves. Periods of economic austerity are followed by celebrations and hopefully prosperity.
Covid won't end with a bang, but a whimper (sorry T.S. Eliot!!)... but as the world starts to recover, people are ready to throw off the neutrals and embrace colour and volume.
[Christopher John Rogers]
[Dolce and Gabbana]
Think bright colours, often mixed together. Think big shirts and crinoline or tulle (again), Think details. Think big.
TRENDING ITEM - WIDE TROUSERS
Goodbye skinny legs.
[L2R The Label]
TRENDING ITEM - SQUARE NECKLINES
[Azeeza; Von Siga; Self-Portrait]
Add a statement choker or necklace for extra effect.
TRENDING ITEM - CORSET AND BUSTIER LOOKS
(Disclaimer: I didn't say you had to like this trend)
[Alexander McQueen. As well as the corset/bustier look, it's made from previous season outfits adding to its sustainable credentials]
[Pretty Little Thing]
Also add in crop tops, bralets and boob tubes under or over shirts or layers. This is a fashion look for the adventurous.
TRENDING ITEM - LONG NECKLACES, PEARL NECKLACES
This trend can work very well with all those square necklines...
STILL TRENDING - PRAIRIE COLLARS/PRINCESS DI COLLARS
[Rahi; Ganni; Sea]
Make the most of this trend before it moves on.
Pretty, feminine, and able to add interest to many looks.
STILL TRENDING - AMAZING SLEEVES
[Carolina Herrera; Loewe]
This is one very resilient trend. Good news for sustainability. Just keep on wearing them.
STILL TRENDING - SHORTER HEMLINES
[Zimmerman; Isabel Marant]
Add stockings/pantihose if you don't like the bare skin look.
STILL TRENDING - CUTOUTS
[Boss; Fendi; Ellery]
Almost everywhere (except unlikely to turn up in the Royal Enclosure).
[Cut-outs...and square neck...and short skirt. From Shushu Tong]
INDIVIDUAL OUTFIT - THE HOT PINK DRESS
One item to have in the wardrobe for spring? Front-runner right now is the hot pink dress. But stay tuned, fashion can be fickle.
And that's it.... for now.
Over to you - what do you think will also be featuring come Spring?