Some call fashion frivolous, but ready-to-wear trends can actually tell us a lot about what’s happening not just in the industry, but also in the world at large. And last month, the 400-plus Spring 2019 shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris gave us a lot to mull over. There was Hedi Slimane’s provocative Celine debut; Alessandro Michele’s reliably quirky, first-ever Paris-based Gucci collection (look out for his Spring 2019 wares on the red carpet at this year’s “Notes on ‘Camp’”-themed Met Gala); Chanel’s faux-seaside getaway (a favorite of buyers, even if it was noticeably lacking in diversity).
The collections themselves seemed to comment on the (raging dumpster fire of uncertainty that is our) current political climate, with designers falling into various factions: the escapists filled their spring lines with vacation-themed or over-the-top princess-y looks, the defiant invited women to reclaim their sexuality in unabashedly revealing clothing, the forward-thinking set out to erase the line between menswear and womenswear entirely, championing a new, genderless era of dressing.
Now, well in advance of next spring, we’ve got the 411 on all of the Spring 2019 trends worth knowing — i.e., the ones that we think will stick. Spoiler alert: it’s looking like bold-shouldered blazers, statement cardigans, feathery shoes and highly impractical handbags will be everywhere in six months. Shop accordingly.