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16 November 2022

Fashion Month’s Hottest Trends

Embrace the striking spring/summer 2023 runway looks here.

Now we're well and truly out of RTW Fashion Month, we're highlighting some of the hottest trends that were spotted on the runway. From 90s Nostalgia to Coquette Couture, let us guide you through the world's top styles served for spring/summer 2023. Lets jump right in.

Words By Erin Visagie

90s-Y2k Nostalgia

90s fashion is making a comeback!

There is no denying that the supermodel aesthetic, the grunge aesthetic, and the fashions of the 1990s-2000s are here to stay. From Miu Miu‘s sheer mini skirts to plenty of low-rise looks, 90s fashion has been everywhere in recent months.

Thanks to the 90s supermodel aesthetic seen on runways, we see the return of off-duty model looks. We also know the grunge aesthetic, with, low-rise waisted jeans, cargo pants, and combat boots coming back into fashion and streetwear, influencing the runway through some fashion favourites like Miu Miu, Diesel and Fendi, to name a few.

There has been a recent trend toward pared-back looks that borrow from the 90’s staples and minimal styles, such as sleek black mini dresses, pumps, sunglasses, and leather looks, leading both the street style of celebrities and fashion lovers alike.

Besides the 90s revival, the y2k movement has remained strong, with the latest y2k trend to rule the runway being cargo pants reworked into workwear and different colours.

Diesel Low-rise Flared-leg Jeans, $396, Farfetch

90s-Y2k Nostalgia
Coquette Couture

Coquette Couture

Coquette style is another big trend, as designers embrace the coquette/princess style from Blair Waldorf and Lauren Conrad as key sources of inspiration. In this style, feminine traits and vintage summer looks take centre stage. The current princess couture movement is reminiscent of the y2k heiress style. Think Paris Hilton and Nichole Ritchie in their y2k mini skirt ensembles.

NYFW also brought us princess core from SANDY LIANG, who created a unique infusion of gorpcore elements, including utilitarian metallic wear and soft pastel colour palettes to create a modern-day princess vibe.

Many exquisite gowns adorned with puffy sleeves, flowing silhouettes, and Isabel Marant pieces showcased this trend. Stars are taking inspiration from ballet dancer studio essentials and princess style to create versions of this look. Bows were everywhere, of course! The look is defined by flowing gowns with puffy sleeves, voluminous silhouettes, and bows on blazers, shoes, and accessories.

Fashion month was also about showcasing things like shimmering pink satin, rosettes, lacy bralettes, bow-adorned garments, and coquette-inspired princess-like attire as spotted on the runway by brands, including Christian Dior, Burberry, Acne Studios, Chanel and Loewe.

This trend is a must for anyone wanting to get ready for an evening out on the town and wanting to live the princess lifestyle they’ve always dreamt of.

Bernadette Strapless Appliquéd Point d’esprit Tulle Midi Dress, $1,070, Net-a-Porter

Crystal Core

Join the crystal core movement if you love sparkles, glitter, and all things extra. Here it’s all about glitter, crystal embellishments, risqué looks, lame fabrics, and glamorous ensembles.

From Balmain‘s glittering pieces to Isabel Marant‘s spotted ones, designers have been inspired by glittering crystals and Lame fabric. In addition, Cher-inspired metallic gowns, skirts, blazers, and booties were displayed during fashion month!

Fashion houses such as Valentino, Isabel Marant, Givenchy, Chanel, Gucci, Michael Kors and Ludovic de Saint Sernin are featuring a liquid gold aesthetic alongside sequins and embellishments.

Whether worn under decadent suiting or in a calm manner with button-up shirts or thin tank tops, shimmering sheers will glitz up and enliven any of your outings for next season.

ROTATE Birger Christensen Lottie Cropped Crystal-embellished Mesh Top, $490.04, Net-a-Porter

Crystal Core
All things bright and beautiful

All things bright and beautiful

It’s official, Dopamine dressing is another 2023 trend to watch. The goal of dopamine dressing is to wear gorgeous colours to brighten your mood and create a positive atmosphere. A key theme of fashion month was innovation, brightness, vibrant positivity, and vibrant colours that evoked the trend towards self-expression through bright and loud items.

Fashion month was all about vibrant hues, including the links of everyone’s favourite barbie pink, turquoise, sunshine yellow and lime green. This trend was spotted in monochrome suiting and throughout fashion week design palettes.

A rainbow of fluorescent shades accented the runway, with yellow, green, and blue echoing the spring/summer allure alongside Valentino pink, Bottega Bottle Green, cobalt blue, and butter yellow. These looks defined the looks of fashion observers, influencers, models/celebrities, and 2023 spring/summer collections.

Bottega Veneta Green V-Neck Polo Shirt, $1,340, Browns Fashion

Fashion as art

This season saw designers push the boundaries of what fashion is, with artsy/craft core-think all things embroidered, appliqued, knitted, woven, cable knits, and hand designs seen as art pieces. In addition, designers like Coach create gorgeous artsy designs in preppy sweaters on various runways.

Fashion as art is a big trend in the industry right now, with the latest trend of 3D flowers turning simple garments into blossoming works of art in the Off-White (Ibrahim Kamara debut collection), Loewe and Bottega Veneta all hopping on creating gorgeous art-inspired gowns.

Another trend ruling the fashion x art scene is optical illusions and vibrant prints; designers such as Y/Project, Balmain and Loewe rocked this trend using a range of innovative garments, including pixelated shapes, patterns and hand-drawn designs.

The standouts of this trend include the likes of Loewe‘s collections, Thom Browne, Valentino and Comme Des Garcons. They combine couture craftsmanship and conceptual designs to create pieces for lovers of art and fashion and people who love expressing themselves through vibrant patterns, prints and other abstract designs.

Ganni Space-dyed Intarsia-knit Organic Cotton-blend Vest, $345, Net-a-Porter

Fashion as art

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