For most people, a new time to experiment with your look and refresh your closet is at the beginning of a new year. But according to Jillian Vieira, fashion editor at The Kit, in the fashion world, this is not the case. Instead, the thought of trying new trends and giving your wardrobe a boost begins in September. For those in the industry, and those outside of it that pay close attention, September is Fashion Month, and is in essence, the beginning of fashion’s new year. The September issue of Vogue is the largest and most highly anticipated fashion publication of the year. It is also the biggest in terms of number of pages and the one advertisers put their most focus on. If you are featured in the September issue in any way, it’s a big deal. In fact, September is the month of all things fashion – New York, Milan, London, and Paris all hold their women’s fashion weeks during this time. It is when the biggest designers in the business show off their latest collections (and demonstrate the trends of the coming year). People all over the world watch in excitement. So really, what better time to step up your style game and try all the new noteworthy trends than in the month where your news feed is undoubtedly flooding with fashion inspo? See below for all the trends Jillian highlighted during the Bayview Village Fall Trend Report that have us rushing out the door to buy every last piece.
Trend #1: Red
During New York and London Fashion Week we saw beautiful red wool coats from both Fendi and Jill Sanders. In order to rock a head to toe red ensemble Jillian suggests “mixing different hues to break things up and create some visual interest”. This goes for monochromatic looks in other shades as well – if you chose a colour and use different hues of that same colour, there’s automatically more to look at.
Trend #2: Florals
Jillian quoted The Devil Wears Prada’s oh-so-iconic line: “florals are groundbreaking for spring” when introducing this trend, but now they’re seriously in for fall too. Try mixing your floral patterns into a darker colour scheme to create a cozier vibe, maybe even some jewel tones so it goes with a leather jacket?
Trend #3: Unexpected Suiting
Suiting is totally in for fall, however try mixing up your traditional slacks and blazer by making things a little more interesting. Jillian selected an asymmetrical blouse with a floral peplum hem pant and matching floral blazer for an unexpected twist on traditional work wear. Also consider incorporating a western style suit into your wardrobe for a casual yet chic going out look. During fashion week, western inspired trends were seen all over the runway and we saw this idea incorporated into suiting as well. Every fall season, suits of all shapes and proportions emerge as the classic silhouette gets reborn for modern times. This season is no different and we are so excited about the patterns and prints that are emerging for this classic style.
Trend #4: Denim Tuxedo
Jillian chose a jacket with an interesting shape for this unique twist on the Canadian tuxedo. She suggests mixing different washes as well as playing with patterns and prints. The jacket and pants offer an interesting contrast between femininity and a more utilitarian look, which gives off a very cool vibe. The unconventional neckline of the denim jacket also adds visual interest while keeping the wearer’s neck exposed.
Trend #5: Shearling
Shearling is often thought of as being used only for heavy winter coats, but this season designers are having fun making this trend more practical for not-so-frigid temperatures. According to Jillian, Saint Laurent included a leather dress in his latest collection with an open sleeve, lined with shearling. Jillian created a more casual look with this in mind by pairing a black shearling detailed leather jacket with a knotted tee, tailored pants and studded combat boots.
So there you have it: a crash course in the major trends you’ll be seeing in stores all autumn long, as well as the styles our team is currently running out to buy.
*This Trend Report event took place on September 20th at Bayview Village Shopping Centre as part of a month long fashion, food and fun pop-up called “The Haute Spot”. This month long series of fashion related events and shopping opportunities are in partnership with Toronto based fashion magazine The Kit. Our writers attended the stylish soiree and told us all about it.