Two recently predicted trends set to cook up a storm – and possibly weather it – this coming winter are midi skirts and fur, picking up where it left off with multicolour patchwork.
Midi skirts and dresses originally came into vogue in the early 70s as part of a continuation and evolution of the trends from the 60s: the decade that gave us the miniskirt and microskirt (they were bloomers in a previous life or something!). Midi and maxi skirts broadened the spectrum of skirt length. Maxi skirts and dresses always were a safe bet for most if not all heights and body types – like Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress, which came to the fore during the same decade. And the midi? It was always a difficult length for me; I felt it exaggerated the shortness of my five foot frame. However, if we are to trust fashion in its ability to rework paradigms of the past in a challenging, contemporary light, perhaps it is worth giving the current crop a chance. My favourite of the bunch were Michael Kors’ ethereal efforts; the sheer fabrics softened the hemlines and would surely create a less sharp cut-off effect on someone short and bottom-heavy (not to mention thigh-heavy!) than their opaque contemporaries. They’d also be a great excuse to upcycle an old miniskirt with a covering of mesh or tulle.
Fur was back in full force with patterns aplenty, not to mention shearling seams – or ‘poor fur’ as Miuccia Prada dubbed her interpretations. Fendi gave us fur trousers – a novel direction for generation #YOLO! Multi coloured furs were, once again, a staple at many of the shows this year, with plenty to get the creative juices flowing as to what one could do with odds and ends of fluffy fabrics. Don’t have a menagerie of coloured furs in your house? Local markets are great for finding super cheap cuts.
So, while no one wants to be reminded of the winter gloom to come, the autumn shows have given us some fun trends to look forward to, as well as a sumptuous colour palette. What look can’t you wait for this autumn?