Fashion wasn’t short on options at the recent Moda and Fame trade shows in New York City. Whether with color, pattern or print, Fall ’19 trends take a break from the banal.
While Gen Z yellow, and Millennial pink, continue in vogue for fall, shades of blue are working their way in as the new color of choice for the season. And animal prints abounded, along with camouflage, plaids and stripes. For the retail buyer shopping for a more conservative consumer, solids were present too, as pairings for more out-there patterns.
While Moda highlighted contemporary trends for the moderates market, Fame showcased merchandise for the younger contemporary market, one that includes the juniors crowd starting around age 17 or 18.
Dolcezza was the go-to place for colorful outerwear. Ercan Indap, owner of the Montreal-based Canadian firm, was showing jackets and vest featuring prints from artist renderings. One white scuba knit jacket wholesaled for $61, while a polyester vest went for $59. A blue puffer jacket was priced at $74, wholesale.
“For fall, the colors are orange, mustard and blue,” Indap said.
At Michael Tyler, animal prints came in faux fur, as well as a pink leopard print on a tweed coat that wholesaled for $69. But plaids stole the show, with tunic tops reminiscent of the famed Burberry plaid in camel or grey on offer. As Larry Liverman, vice president of sales and merchandising, reiterated, “For fall, it’s all about plaids.”
Volare New York featured real fur options for trapper hats in purple, wholesaling for $125; snoods starting at $29 made from different . types of fur; and sandals with fur bands in bright pinks, yellows and shades of grey, at $45. An eye-catching puffer jacket in the season’s camo print, with thick cotton filling and white fox trim was a highlight, made in Finland and wholesaling for $475.
At Elan, owner Galit Savir showed offerings for immediate and fall deliveries. “Many younger contemporary trends are boho in style,” he said of the stripes and floral patterns he’s showing. Favorites among some buyers were animal print and camo, he said.
At Frnch, a woven dress in Gen Z yellow wholesaled for $40, and while there were other items in the same color theme, blue garments made a big appearance. There were textile versions of the leather bomber jackets in shades of blue, knitted sweaters featuring blue as the accent color, and a 3/4-length coat in a blue plaid print, that wholesaled at $57. The same plaid was used for a bomber jacket that could be reversed to a solid tan, which wholesaled for $56.
“Prints are still big for spring and fall. Navy is selling out,” Cari Pacheco, retail assistant at Frnch, said. Fall deliveries for the brand are slated to begin shipping in July.
At Vocal, leopard print options on long, knit vests that wholesaled for $17.50 were just some of the trends shown by the vendor. Vocal also had embellished denim bottoms, another fashion trend for the young contemporary market.
Ju Cho, sales representative for the L.A.-based firm, said of the trend in animal prints,”Leopard prints have been around, but now it is hot.”
Leopard was also the highlighted print option at Lucy Paris, showing up on blouses, pants and dresses, with prices ranging from $26 for a top to $36 for a dress.
Marcela Ortiz, sales associate for the Alhamba, Calif.-based firm, said her company’s brand tends to target young women between ages 25 to 35, on average, but that there are also many who are younger at 18 and 19 who favor the line, too. For fall, expect to see “a lot of pinks, magentas, yellow and orange,” she said.
At Le Lis, the Lelis Collection had a bit of something for everyone, from stripes to color to leopard prints. According to Daniel Suh who works on the sales team for the company, tops and bottoms each wholesaled for between $10 and $18, while dresses were a little more, at $14 to $22.