Another season of weird denim and intense color is about to lift off.
As the official month of fashion weeks gets rolling in New York City this week, fashion analytics firm, Edited, has pinpointed seven runway trends buyers should know. According to Edited, these trends have shown early signs of success and are expected to pick up momentum as fashion enters the Spring ’19 season.
It’s rare for a runway designer to put a basic five-pocket jean on the runway. And with denim on the upswing, the category is ripe to make a bold impression.
“This Spring 2019 you should be looking for the freshest denim directions, letting things get a little bit weird when they need to,” Edited suggests.
Edited’s loosey goosey definition of “weird” means there’s an odd denim item out there for everyone. Expect to see details like utility pockets, contrast top-stitching and patches, as well as raw edges, ring details and sharp-looking tailoring.
The luxury category is giving the green light to cargo pants. According to Edited, the amount of cargo pants in stores rose 226 percent in the last two months.
And with influential designers like Stella McCartney, Mugler and Re/Done touting the utilitarian style, expect the tomboy-ish pant to be more stylish than ever.
With sustainability top of mind for conscious consumers, expect to see designers embrace natural fabrics like linen, canvas, wood and bamboo for next spring.
The trend is especially important for women’s accessories, where wanderlust-y items like straw totes, tortoise shell baubles and bamboo handbags à la Cult Gaia’s Ark bag have gained cult followings on Instagram.
For Spring ’19, Edited said the minimalist look will serve as an alternative to the luxury, logo-driven streetwear and sneaker trends.
Animal prints are a natural next step for consumers gravitating toward earthy fabrics and colorways.
Edited’s data shows that new arrivals of leopard print garments at retail increased 361 percent in the last three months compared to last year.
Animal prints will be strong through fall and Edited warns brands that “once consumers have adopted polarizing animal print, they’ll be committed for a few seasons.” Washed out zebras, leopard and snake prints may be good options for spring.
Squared-off necklines are trickling back into style, but Edited warns that the new look is not of the Renaissance fair variety.
The neckline takes one of two directions for spring: bohemian with flowy frocks and a statement sleeve, or sleek with monochromatic cocktail dresses with long or three-quarter sleeves.
Peacocking millennials want more color, it seems, and brands would be best suited to deliver.
“Feed that demand in 2019 by increasing neons, reds and hot pinks,” Edited suggests. “Throw in unusual color pairings such as grass green and caramel, or purple and tan, and you’ve got something really striking that’ll ping on consumers’ screens.”
Tops and dresses with knotted or twisted details became an unexpected hit this summer, and it could be just the beginning for this trend.
For next spring, the firm said twists and knots will become more complicated. Think multiple knots on one garment and material mixing.