Fall/Winter 2015 Preview: A Look at the Trends

Posted on April 29, 2015, 2:00 pm
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This past week VS Editor Sarah Caples and I attended the Seattle chapter of Fashion Group International (FGI) Fall/Winter 2015 Trend Presentation in downtown Seattle. While most of us haven’t quite put away all our things from Fall/Winter 2014, and are gingerly stepping into spring and summer, the fashion world waits for no one.

Industry professionals mingled with the finalists for this coming Fall 2015 Independent Designer Runway Show at Fashion Week at The Bellevue Collection before the presentation began. A video highlighting the designer runway shows and trends from these Fall/Winter 2015 shows were shown, followed by a panel discussion. Laura Cassidy, the Blogs Managing Editor for Nordstrom, moderated the discussion of the panel consisting of: Lauren Foster, Assistant Editor of 425 Magazine; Amanda Zurita, Style Editor for Seattle Met; Rachel Gallaher, Style Editor of GRAY Magazine; and Jill Donnelly, Owner of Baby & Co.

At first it may have seemed that everything you can imagine was a trend—shearling! fringe! plaid!—but after viewing a stream of fast-paced images from the many runway shows, the patterns began to emerge. Here are some highlights of what to expect this coming fall:

60s/70s Style & Menswear

Fringe continues to adorn clothing and accessories worn with boho, lux layering. Menswear and gender neutral pieces are very prominent, with the “He/She” looks of cropped pants, suspenders, shirts and ties. Brogues and menswear-inspired shoes completed the looks. Annie Hall definitely has a modern update.

DSquared2 Runway 2015

DSquared2 Runway 2015


The urban jungle was in full display at shows like Dsquared², which had old European mixed with Canadian Yukon influences. Native American pieces and patterns sometimes pushed the boundaries in its representation of ethnic and cultural affects. Hooded fur parkas, blanket skirts and ponchos all carried the tribal look through.

Ralph Lauren's fall 2015 collection show Photo: Imaxtree

Ralph Lauren’s fall 2015 collection show Photo: Imaxtree

Color and Texture

Bold monochromatic looks including jewel tones, gray and neutrals, and the Pantone color of the year, Marsala, made an appearance. Shearling is huge for fall, as is curly lamb, and yes, fur, both faux and real. Interestingly, the Ralph Lauren collection has such gorgeous shearling that the majority of the audience mistook it for fur. At the bottom of the collection’s show notes was a statement that read: “Ralph Lauren has a long-standing commitment to not use fur products in our apparel and accessories. All fur-like pieces featured in the collection are constructed of shearling.” Not everyone has that commitment, however, as we will continue to see fur on skirts, collars, shoes and accessories, and colored fur and prints of fur going strong.


Lux leather is not just on outerwear, but seen in turtlenecks and shirts, tights, overalls, flowing pants and even full on pantsuits. You can count on seeing leather in nearly every kind of fall wardrobe item, and used as adornment—like leather lacework.

From left to right: Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci and Stella McCartney. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci and Stella McCartney. Photos: Imaxtree

Plaid and Velvet

It has been a few seasons since plaid took on such a bold presence. Tartans are back—from traditional to punk, in both day and evening pieces. We saw plenty of mixtures of both plaid-on-plaid and plaid-with-pattern: Think a cropped paid blazer over a patterned blouse. Velvet redux showed up at shows like Paul & Joe, with luxurious velvet jackets and pants, and even better, velvet shoes and boots appeared on runways from Stella McCartney to Givenchy.

It’s All In The Details

Details were full of personality, with oversized pockets on shirts and coats, button-off sleeves on shirts, zippers and top-stitching accents. Accessories included the prominent choker necklace, oversized drop earrings, pendants and tassel details. The brooch is back, along with skinny belts at the waist, wide belts with buckles, and long gloves and hats—especially the beret. The micro-bag and the macro-tote will keep people on both ends of the spectrum happy. Evening wear shows rich brocades, feathers, sequins and metallics that give texture and a rock-n-roll feel. It goes without saying that knits play a big part in fall fashion, and pairing with sequin skirts or sexy slits give them a whole new personality for nighttime. Prints showed geometric patterns, zebra, jungle prints, mosaics and the return of dark florals.

3.1 Phillip Lim. Photo: Marcus Tondo / Indigitalimages.com
3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2015, Photo: Marcus Tondo Indigitalimages.com

Your Shopping List

  1. Apron skirt. Say what? It is an update on a wrap skirt and the newest silhouette for fall. The “car wash” hem, a.k.a. fringe can give it a funky edge if that is your thing.
  2. A graphic patterned dress. Shirt-dresses, bodycon graphics and year-round fabrics can get you from summer and sandals to cool weather tights and boots.
  3. Cape or coat in camel. This is a classic fall piece. A military style piece is also on point for fall. The Poncho in a traditional print gives a more casual vibe.
  4. The Shirt. Menswear shirts that can be worn with or without a necktie or may come with their own, and more feminine blouses in sheer fabrics or with peplums.
  5. Jumpsuit. For both day and night, this piece continues to be big for fall. Pair it with a pair of booties with a chunky heel.
  6. Cropped Jacket. Aviator and shearling, military or cropped blazer, perhaps with a lapel of a different fabric. Or choose all of the above. Jackets ruled the runway and were a topper for layered pieces.
  7. Velvet. Shoes or boots would be perfect, if not always practical, but completely gorgeous for fall. Or go for pants, a blazer or shirt in this lux fabric.
  8. Choker necklace. Go big or go home with this trend. Oversized drop earrings also make a great statement. Just not together.
  9. Chunky knit sweater. You probably have this already. Mix it up by wearing it with another stand out texture, like pants in brocade or a lace skirt.
  10. Shearling. Reworked for fall as a detail or a full on coat, this is definitely going to keep you cozy.
  11. Beret. This hat hasn’t had a fair shake since the infamous Monica Lewinsky scandal days. Remember her? It’s time to bring this classic back.
  12. Giant clutch. I love the look of a big bag tucked under your arm. It’s a statement piece with strong style impact.

There is a lot to love here. Many of the spring/summer trends show up again in looks re-imagined for fall. That is good news for those of you that invested in or love certain spring pieces and want to incorporate them into your fall wardrobe. As always, make a list of the looks that you covet the most and you will be ready for the next season to come. Happy hunting!

Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog, www.westfultonstreet.com, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.

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