If you want to know future trends, look at what’s happening on the street.
Culling inspiration from street, history, art and runway, each theme offers head-to-looks that cater to a specific fashion tribe adding excitement and newness to street style.
Wonder Woman prevails. The comic book heroine inspires this eclectic trend that also pulls inspiration from cowboys, prom queens, Pop Art, selfie culture and new androgynous looks from designers like Raf Simons for Calvin Klein.
Graubard said the trend is for the consumer who is currently pairing joggers with high heels and elevating her look with a designer handbag. This woman uses accessories to put an individual stamp on her style.
“American Dreamz is about reclaiming symbols of Americana. And we spell it with a ‘z’ because the dream has gone awry,” she added.
Traditional red, white and blue colorways are punctuated with purple, green, yellow and leather brown to create Andy Warhol-inspired color palettes.
Decorated denim, varsity sweaters, polo shirt dresses, slouchy cardigans, activewear tank tops, band tees, circle skirts and cowboy jackets and shirts encapsulate the look. Oversized and shrunken blazers introduce new proportions, while classic trenches and peacoats are updated with glossy fabrications.
In general, skirts are longer. “Suddenly knee lengths look too short,” Graubard said, adding that long silhouettes can be lightened with sheer layers of chiffon or fringe.
Shaker knits, splattered surfaces, Swiss dots and shiny surfaces are juxtaposed with fringe, macramé, Americana quilts and prints with oversized text. Prints populate this trend, especially Dutch wax prints, polka dots, plaids, stars, stripes and newspaper print.
Accessories are full of character. Baseball caps, large hoop earrings, heart-shaped glasses and handbags with Pop Art, magazine or cartoon designs are in.
The lively and fearless look is carried into footwear through color blocking, shiny materials and printed hair calf. Hybrid Western boot silhouettes, retro runners and classic “Hitchcock” pumps return. However, expect to see the dress shoe splattered with grease or (faux) blood stains, Graubard added.
Society gardeners, farm girls from the 1930s and paintings of peasant girls from the 1800s inspire the season’s bohemian story. “There’s a lot of homespun touches,” Graubard said about the theme.
It’s a look that will appeal to consumers who favor handmade details, drapey silhouettes and who want to know the story behind the trend. “They’re a compassionate consumer, meaning they want to know how garments are sourced,” Graubard said.
Linen, dish towel fabrics, gingham, washed cottons, chunky knits, jacquard borders, cotton eyelet, seersucker, country upholstery and flour sack fabrications are key for Spring ’19.
Meanwhile, these fabrics in natural colors like green, dry lilac and washed out yellow are offset with novelty rickrack trims, insect appliqués, conversational farm animal prints and ribbons threaded through lace and eyelet openings. Florals are dry and pressed. “This isn’t a lush floral story. Flowers are wild,” Graubard said.
Drawstring waists and sheer knits add a sense of coziness to the spring trend. Peasant blouses, smocking and high necklines reflect fashion’s movement toward more modest silhouettes. Nightgown dresses in linen, cotton and white eyelet add an ethereal, vintage look. Sheer parkas in olive and forest green add a tech element.
Denim, however, brings a sense of utility. Graubard described the theme’s denim story as being based on vintage denim silhouettes with even washes, patching interest, Dutch wax prints and pop colors like red and brown.
Overalls capture the trend’s playful and quirky mood. “It’s all about cute overalls,” Graubard said, adding that the shapes are more feminine and fabrics are lighter than traditional Oshkosh denim overalls. “Overalls are printed, done in jacquard denim or in brown workwear,” she added.
Basket handbags, oversized shoppers and straw hats are obvious accessories. Botanical drawings, plaid textile uppers and bejeweled insect ornamentation renew heavy bottom sandals and oxfords.
When it comes to dance, this trend has an unbiased adoration for all genres and decades. The trend pulls inspiration from flappers’ fringe and embellishment, disco’s long and fluid lines, ballet’s delicacy and modern’s simplicity.
Graubard said this customer enjoys experimental cuts, body-skimming silhouettes, understands the power of basics and prefers discreet embellishments.
Key items include cutout sweatshirts, long scarves, camp shirts, rouched satin skirts, fine gauge knits with glistening yarns, jersey mock turtlenecks and sheer pullovers. Ballet rehearsal-inspired wrap tops and second skin bodysuits enter mainstream fashion. Sheer wrap skirts are a must-have, Graubard noted.
“Cargo pants are coming back with vengeance,” she added. The tomboy item is refreshed with delicate colors, velvet trim and paper bag waists for Spring ’19.
Mesh, toggles, drawstrings and bra seaming are reminders of the trend’s athletic roots. Sequins, embroidery, feather and satin are used, but in a way Graubard described as “tender” instead of glitzy. The trend’s dressiest looks are pulled from the ’70s, including long and flowy dresses in satin and chiffon.
Ballet shoes (made with a variety of toe shapes) are essential to this dance-inspired story, as well as soft toe jazz oxfords. Block heels update the otherwise effortlessly chic silhouette. Strappy sandals and satin sandals and flats offer a dressier alternative, while rain boots get a fun novelty update with translucent, glittery rubber uppers.
This trend celebrates all of the women of grunge, long before Courtney Love donned her baby doll dresses and smudged makeup in the ’90s. Vivienne Westwood, Anna Piaggi and Iris Apfel—style stars that set the trends by not following the trends—inspire this trend based on clashing prints and colors, opulent trims, DYI glamor and thrift shop finds.
Think Salvation Army mixed with luxe materials, Graubard said.
The trend appeals to expressive consumers that enjoy the hunt for unique pieces. This consumer is a curator and a collector. “She keeps every piece,” Graubard said. Style-wise, she likes slim bottoms and vintage tees and unafraid of combining antique pieces with a mix of ethnic-inspired items.
The theme calls for a lush color palette, including avocado, teal, gold, purple and orange. Graubard noted that the colors are autumnal, yet reflect fashion’s ongoing movement toward season-less designs.
Antique-like tulle and netting, colored lace, tapestries and brocades blend with slick coatings and sparkly treatments to form a look Graubard calls “downtown street smarts meets uptown luxury.” Materials have a stately aesthetic and look like hand-me-downs, not retro.
Decorated denim and leather pants help ground the free-spirited look. Other key items include biker jackets updated with star embellishments and pearlized leather, Lurex sweaters, layered tops, beaded and sheer slip dresses and vintage-looking tees.
Prints are a mashup of decades, Graubard said. Geometric patterns, big splashy florals, line drawings and plaids are on dark bases. Details like faux couture baubles, studded and crystal collars, built-in broches are juxtaposed with imperfect edge stitching and activewear trims.
Cutesy barrettes, pins and stacked bracelets add a juvenile element to outfits, but are smartened up with estate jewelry worn in new ways.
Brocade boots and beaded footwear enhance the trend’s decadent vibe. Meanwhile, combat boots are a canvas for ornamentation, glittery fabrics and mixed skins.