Every season, there are a handful of runway looks that set the tone for the coming months: a new silhouette, a surprising texture, a color from the past that suddenly seems so perfectly now. This cream of the crop is what you’ll see head-to-toe in magazine spreads, and whose essence will trickle down the price-point ladder to all of the mass merchants—yes, exactly as described in that The Devil Wears Prada cerulean-sweater scene.
Before hitting Zara or Forever 21 or Asos, take a moment to review the origins of the latest incarnation of military jackets (Marc Jacobs), fringed maxi skirts (Proenza Schouler), and exaggerated bell-bottoms (Tom Ford). See the case Chanel made for the trouser suit—a category that has since exploded—and take a moment to reconsider gingham, which Oscar de la Renta gave new life in his final collection before passing. Finally, meditate on the use of classically autumnal shades like navy and ochre in The Row’s spring vision, colors that appeared in fresh-looking silhouettes that floated with the kind of ease we dream of for spring.
By Nicola Fumo