The Six Runway Trends That Matter

Each season, fashion designers dream up a handful of impossible-to-ignore trends: the silhouettes, colors, and references that proliferate on runways and, in due time, wind up on our backs. The evolution of spring’s 1970s stampede is fall's glamorous bohemian, a vision of luxurious suede outerwear and floaty, floor-grazing dresses seen at Burberry and Chloé. A harder look came into play too, in the darkly romantic styles of Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen, as well as the punky takes shown at Alexander Wang and Givenchy. On the softer side, girly, Lolita-inspired dresses, retro-future candy colors, and supersize prints are all worth trying this season. Check out our cheat sheet to fall's biggest trends below.




DARK ROMANCE

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Alexander McQueen

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marc-jacobs-dark-romanceMarc Jacobs
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At Valentino, Marc Jacobs, and Alexander McQueen, deep reds and browns mingle with navy and black amid layers of texture. Sheer fabric and lace detailing reveal a bit of skin.




GLAMOROUS BOHEMIAN

GettyImages-464279656.0.jpgBurberry
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Hippie gets a luxe spin for fall, a nighttime-worthy update to the prairie dresses that have been popular over the last few seasons. Plunging necklines showed up at Tory Burch and Chloé, accented with skinny fabric scarves.




LOLITA

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Giambattista_Valli.0.jpg Giambattista Valli
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Girly hallmarks like candy pink, tulle tiers, ruffles, and bows were given a high-fashion gloss by Erdem, Valentino, and more.




RETRO FUTURE

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Prada owned the retro-future renaissance, a melding of mid-century past and space-inspired future. Glossy thigh-high boots at Dior and turtlenecks at MSGM are further proof of the trend.




SUPERSIZE PRINTS

GettyImages-464280264.0.jpgChristopher Kane
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Fall’s biggest print trend is quite literally giant. Large-scale prints showed up as geometric squares at Ferragamo and Loewe, as well as in loose animal prints at Dior.




GOTH

alexander-wang-fall-2015-runway_2015_10 Alexander Wang
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Alexander Wang took a break from his usual sporty aesthetic for fall 2015, sending out a punky all-black lineup of clothes completed by lug-sole boots and stringy hair. Coach showed a more approachable version of the aesthetic (catapulting necktie bandanas as a styling move in process) while Givenchy executed the high-end version, baroque facial jewelry included.

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