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Watch: Where Do Fashion Trends Come From? [theFashionDish]

Whether you think about it consciously, we bet fashion trends affect how you get dressed every single day. But what causes those sartorial shifts? Where do fashion trends come from? And what does Fashion Week have to do with it? We put the question to Jaclyn Jones, the Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm. WGSN starts tracking season trends two years in advance.

"I think fabrics really set the tone," Jones says in the clip above. "You can go to a fabric tradeshow and really predict what you're going to see coming down the runway."

Jones and her team pay close attention to how runway shows play into and transform existing trends. At the Fall 2014 shows, Jones spotted plenty of outdoor influences — there was hunting gear, there were Western-inspired pieces. This trend may have started at summer music festivals (you can read all about it here), but it really coalesced at the Chanel Paris-Dallas Pre-Fall show, which took place right before New York Fashion Week. 

Alexander Wang (right) / Tommy Hilfiger (center) / Ralph Lauren (right) / Images: IMAXtree

Alexander Wang (right) / Tommy Hilfiger (center) / Ralph Lauren (right) / Images: IMAXtree

The debut installment of theFashionDish brings six fashion industry experts for dinner and a roundtable discussion recapping New York Fashion Week. In the coming weeks, we'll be bringing you lots of short clips and a full 30-minute episode drawn from the rowdy, hilarious and informative conversation that ensued. 

About our panelists:

  • June Ambrose, a leading celebrity stylist whose clients include Jay ZMissy Elliot and Zoe Saldana.
  • Laurie Brookins, a veteran fashion journalist who has interviewed designers like Tom FordFrida Giannini and Alber Elbaz. Brookins was also theFashionSpot's social ambassador this Fashion Week.
  • Katie Cassidy, the star of The CW's Arrow and co-founder of the fashion blogTomboyKC.
  • Jaclyn Jones, Senior Womenswear Editor at WGSN, a leading trend forecasting firm.
  • Chiun-Kai "Chunky" Shih, fashion photographer, Condé Nast creative director and the creator of Hipstamatic's 'Chunky' lens.
  • Robert Verdi, a celebrity stylist (best known for his work with Eva Longoria), television personality and lifestyle expert.

Julie Bensman, theFashionSpot's editor-at-large, moderated the discussion, which was filmed at The Lion in New York City.