Guilty Pleasures: Tracking Spring/Summer 2015 Trends

Thank God for You Tube! Like a junkie getting a fix, I’ve been using spare moments to watch as many Spring/Summer collections as possible. I’ve viewed shows from New York, Milan, Copenhagen, and am about to check out London’s Fashion Week (how much do I WISH I could attend one of these shows!).

Here’s what I’m predicting to be big trends next year:

1. Designer kicks with dresses & skirts.

This is a look that can go horribly wrong, if not approached just right. I can imagine Tim Gunn groaning at the thought of women wearing athletic shoes with a skirt, but if the shoes are not what you wear to work out, and the dress or skirt has a sporty vibe, it can work. The trend began last year with Dior and Chanel’s shows, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down.

Observe:

Chanel 2014.

Chanel 2014.

From the Burberry SS 15 show.

From the Burberry SS 15 show.

2. Sheer layering.

I think I saw at least two looks in each collection so far that included sheer layers of gauze or chiffon. Of course this means more clothes we can’t put into the washer/dryer, but they sure are pretty. I could do without the see through tops without anything underneath -who is really going to go around that way? Ha! But I love the touches of sheer on a sleeve, or panels on a skirt.

Left to right: Toga, Joseph and Barbara Casasola. (Photo by Harper's Bazaar)

Left to right: Toga, Joseph and Barbara Casasola. (Photo by Harper’s Bazaar)

3. White Out.

Get your bleach and/or Woolite ready, because white is the HOT shade for next spring! From casual chic to glam, white was everywhere.

(Image by Pop Sugar.com)

(Image by Pop Sugar.com)

4. Midi skirts.

This trend continues to be strong at several shows, and is being shown mostly with flats or platform sandals. I think this is one of the most flattering looks for most shapes and sizes.

 

Victoria Beckham.

Victoria Beckham.

5. Jumpsuits.

I became a believer this season in the jumpsuit, and many designers decided to elevate the look by trying more luxe fabrics. Here, Escada adds some pizazz and makes this jumpsuit more of a night look:

Escada

Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s in purple – my favorite color!

What are your favorite trends or collections from the 2015 shows? You MUST check out the gorgeous looks from Lela Rose,  Carmen Marc Valvo, and Jenny Packham.

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Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

 

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Plus Size Models Strut at NYFW!

How exciting is this? Two high end designers, Zana Bayne and Chromat sent out plus size models down the runway during New York Fashion Week!

Plus size models have received exposure in several magazines and retailers as of late, but have not quite made a mark on the “straight sized” runway world of modeling. However, up and coming designer Chromat, who designed Beyoncé’s Superbowl halftime show outfit, showcased model Denise Bidot in her creations. Zana Bayne, who specializes in bondage inspired wear, sent model Gia Geneiveve down the runway, along with other plus size models.

Werk it, girl!

Gia Geneieve for Zana Bayne.

Denise Bidot for Chromat.

Beyoncé rocks this Chromat design!

Beyoncé rocks this Chromat design!

Gia Geneieve

Gia Geneieve

Design by Chromat.

Design by Chromat.

Now, is this the kind of thing one would wear every day? Of course not! But how nice is it to see curves showcased, instead of carefully hidden! These models look amazing!

Here’s hoping more curvy girls walk the runway in years to come!

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Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

Images from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2745477/Plus-size-officially-fashion-Two-coming-labels-send-curvy-models-catwalk-NYFW.html

 

 

 

What I’d Like to Rock at NYFW!

What I'd Like to Rock at NYFW!

Oh…If I had the money, I would LOVE to be at New York Fashion Week right now. I’ve always wanted to go, but either the geography, the timing, or yes – funds prevents me from going. So, I’ll live vicariously through other bloggers’ posts and pics for now, and fantasize about wearing this outfit while watching a live show. Le sigh!