Alyson Murray '19 & Kayla Sirlin '19
While fashion designers set the trends that are quickly absorbed by teens all around the world, one of their more difficult tasks is to predict the trends themselves. Recently, we witnessed designer’s Spring 2017 collections in New York, Milan & Paris fashion weeks. But while we wait to see whether white shirt dresses, seaside stripes and khaki hold true during the upcoming spring, we’re going to look back on the fall fashion week 2016 trends. In Westport, a place where teens constantly flock downtown to keep their style up-to-date, it will be especially interesting to see if any of these major fall trends materialize.
Left to Right: Tome, Public School, Rag & Bone, and Rebecca Taylor
The ragged, patched look of reconstructed denim took the fashion industry by storm during the 2016 fall fashion week. The uniqueness of recreating something as simple as an old pair of jeans into a fashionable new trend is something that caught many eyes. Reconstructed jeans have now earned a name for themselves, and can be found in the halls or around Westport. While all stores put their own spin on the trend, similar pairs of jeans can be found at local boutiques or Staples’ go-to store, Urban Outfitters. Sport these stylish jeans with a solid shirt and all-around sneakers like Vans or Converse for a warmer weather outfit, or with a sweater and boots for a fall-inspired outfit.
Left to Right: Adam Selman, Rosie Assoulin, Alexander Wang
Adding an entirely new element to any outfit, chokers are a must-try trend from fall fashion week 2016. Although not as prioritized as clothes, jewelry has the ability to enhance and bring your style to the next level. If you’re wearing a simpler shirt, a choker will spice up the look, making the outfit look more complete. On the other hand, if you’re wearing a patterned shirt, a plain choker will tone down the business of the look. A simple black velvet choker or even a longer, layered suede choker are reliable pieces that can be seen around the Staples Community.
Not only is velvet a smooth fabric to touch, it also adds dimension and texture to otherwise normal pieces. Velvet was a stunner and a noticeable look on the runways, appearing in 3.1 Phillip Lim, Monse, Ralph Lauren, Alberta Ferretti, Rochas, H&M, Giorgio Armani and many more. In downtown Westport, stores like Brandy Melville and Urban Outfitters are already catching on to the velvet trend shown in Fall/Winter Fashion Week in March. Flowy velvet dresses were pieces that showed on the runway frequently, and Urban Outfitters put its own spin on it with their tight-fitting velvet turtleneck dress.
From Left: Proenza Schouler, Protagonist, Baja East, and Banana Republic
Just like the fall drink at Starbucks, Pumpkin Spice is now showing up on the runways. Luckily for the drink-lovers, they can now wear the fall-inspired color too. Many designers also made a noticeable combination of black and the bold dark orange, reminding us all of Halloween and the cozy fall weather to come. The color, also occasionally known as ‘Potter’s Clay’, was also one of Pantone's Top 10 Colors of Fall 2016. Fall’s signature color can also be found in many different department stores, such as Forever 21 and H&M. Gap, located in downtown Westport, is sure to have loads of pumpkin spice color in their new fall line. Look through their unlimited selection of basics and easy-to-wear items, and add pumpkin spice to your fall wardrobe.