The new year has barely started – the Christmas stress is not forgotten yet, and the body has not even fully recovered from the new-year’s-eve party – but Berlin Fashion Week is already sweeping over the city, as unexpected as only the most certain things are in life. Well, Fashion week is by far the biggest fashion event in Germany, and it sets the tone for the entire year. High expectations were not disappointed, the event had a lot to offer and provided a great outlook on the fashion year ahead.
For all of you who could not (or did not want to) check out every runway show on Instagram, I lovingly compiled a summary of trends for you:
A little more transparency, please!
Showing a lace bra under a thin blouse has long ceased to be a taboo. This season, designers like Laurèl, Dorothee Schuhmacher and Marcel Ostertag take the principle one step further: transparent trousers, turtlenecks, blouses, transparent everything. See-through clothes are real eye-catchers, and exude subtle eroticism. Of course a lot of the success of an outfit also comes down to what you wear underneath. But the bottom line is: it’s going to be sexy.
Leather all the way!
Leather and fashion belonged together since the dawn of history. Right now, designers like Marc Cain and Dorothee Schuhmacher focus on the material as a real stylistic element in form of laces, applications or as a statement coat. But unlike in the past, animals no longer need to suffer for leather: fake leather is as beautiful as the real deal these days.
Laces were all the rave last season, adorning everything from blouses to pullovers. The trend continues this season, and even intensifies: we see laces on trousers and skirts, coats and blazers. Basically, we see laces pretty much everywhere. Most designers incorporated them in their designs, notably Marina Hoermanseder, Marcel Ostertag and Lena Hoschek.
As far as silhouettes are concerned, the upcoming period is going to be pretty laid back. We won’t be forced to pull in our stomachs to squeeze into skin-tight dresses. Oversize is a big trend right now: textiles are cut in flowing shapes, materials are softer than they used to be, silhouettes generally widen. This look was exemplified by Michael Sontag, Laurèl and Marc Cain, among other. So, don’t worry if you’ve got a food baby on the way, just go oversize ;)
Keep it subdued!
At least in terms of color this seems to have been one of the prevalent mottos among designers (among them Philomena Zanetti, Marina Hoermanseder, Laurèl). Looks like my prayers were answered. We’re back to a scenario where not everything needs to be crazy colorful. Black, white, dark blue and dark colors in general are back in all shades from green over blue to red. Nothing overly shrill!
Velvetize your life!
Some love it, some hate it: velvet.
This is probably one of the most polarizing trends of the past few seasons. Whatever you think about it, it’s not over yet. Velvet is here to stay, in all varieties: long velvet dresses, wide velvet trousers and velvet pullovers. With the range of clothes on offer (for example by Laurèl) there should be something velvety for everyone.