The fashion community anticipated the 2016 fall season to be one of the most inspired yet– and how let down we were. Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue magazine said she, “wish[ed] designers had taken more risks.” Although those in the depths of couture were disappointed, the truest consumers of fashion– everyday women– were not.
Couture fashion collections debut months prior to the season they’re designed for in an attempt to both predict and create trends. This season’s trends walked the runway in mid-February, staying safely within the bounds of fall’s traditions: earthy colors, warm fabrics, loose shapes.
Anna Wintour was pleased to see menswear influences in many women’s collections. The sheer amount of structured suits on the runway made them a likely staple in the fashion wardrobes of millennial women.
In contrast to the heaviness of a suit, the Renaissance theme and silhouette also made a splash in couture collections. With breezier material and a looser shape, this trend may lend itself well to the bohemian-styled woman.
A final trend characterizing fall fashion 2016 was the continuation of the sportswear/street wear trend aka the 90’s. Motorcycle jackets and boots and denim-on-denim were popular in both couture and ready-wear shows.
Months after the predictions, fall fashion has finally hit the streets as temperatures and leaves drop. The true test of a major fashion house’s influence is how the everyday woman appropriates these anticipated trends. And although editorial fashion giants like Vogue and Elle dubbed this season “disappointing,” millennial women are repurposing these trends with fervor and grace.
The blazer finds its place as a style staple, updated with Renaissance details like velvet fabric and subtle corset lacing. And, according to Elle magazine, pants make a return as the keystone piece in millennial outfits.
Rachel Mudra, a millennial woman with curated style, notes that “bell sleeves are back in a big way,” as homage to the Renaissance trend without walking around in an Elizabethan gown. But, rather than simply repeating the 70’s hippie trend, millennials are making the bell sleeve more “mod” by wearing Oxford shirts off the shoulder and letting the sleeves billow around the wrists, or by having the sleeve extend a few centimeters past the fingertips.
By far the most popular trend is the reemergence of the 90’s. But, like the hippie update, Mudra claims that millennials are “trying to make 90’s grunge polished.” There’s been less denim-on-denim than predicted, but a surge of unfinished hemlines. Take the look to another level with a high/low hemline.
The classic leather jacket is just as pervasive as expected, but the overly chunky combat boot has not trickled down. Rather, millennial women are flocking to boots of different heights: the midi boot and the over-the-knee boot. Both of these are new, amped expressions of the standard fall bootie
The millennial accessory of the moment also is born from the 90’s era–the black choker. While couture collections may have gussied-up this staple, the everyday woman keeps it plain Jane. Mudra, however, finds the black choker to be “oversaturated” in present fashion culture. She’d rather opt for a bolo tie as a necklace to add a unique twist to any millennial outfits.
While Anna Wintour and her colleagues may have found the fall trend predictions to be lacking, Millennials found the trends accessible. These fresh details to autumn classics are easy updates any–and many–millennial women can do.