If you know the strange, wonderful world of fashion, you know that trends are an extremely odd animal. They’re partly organic, arising on their own as people start dressing differently over time. But they’re also deliberate, with designers chosing a look to start pushing, hoping to angle the public zeitgeist in that direction. And, even more strangely, that pushing starts a year in advance. The trends for spring and summer 2017, for instance, will be displayed and start being pushed by designers in the spring and summer of 2016!
So, now that spring and summer of 2014 is actually upon us, how did the fashion world do? How close to reality were the fashionistas when they started their push last summer? Let’s jump in the Wayback Machine, and take a look at GQ‘s reporting on just that last year. You be the judge!
If you’re prone to spilling, you’ve got until about May to brush up on your hand-eye coordination: head-to-toe white was the most noticeable trend to come off the catwalks this season. Trust us, a bright white suit is going to be essential to your summer wardrobe this time next year – we suggest you add in an accent color for interest, as seen at Jil Sander.
Block Stripes Everywhere
Last season it was big squares, this season it’s big stripes. While the horizontal patterns at Moschino and Miharayasuhiro were certainly the boldest way to wear this trend, it was the block color stripes on suiting really caught our attention (exhibits A and B: the surprisingly wearable tailoring at Wooyoungmi and Valentino).
Long, Loose Summer Coats
The designers in Milan realize that some countries – like our own – are not blessed with a dry, Mediterranean climate all season long; sometimes a coat is essential even on the hottest days. This season thin belted trench coats are the solution. Look for one that hits between the ankle and the thigh and opt into an ultra-light fabric as well as a bright color if you’re feeling as brave as our brothers on the continent.
Anything in Pink
Rose gold emerged as one of the strongest men’s watch trends at Baselworld, so it perhaps comes as no surprise that pink was also all-over the catwalks. However, what was surprising was the sheer variety of colors for the new season. Whether you’re more partial to the pastels at Richard James or the highlighter pink at Paul Smith, prep your wardrobe with at least one shade for spring.
See the rest of the trends, and a million pictures of them, RIGHT HERE on GQ. And let us know what you think of the trend predictions, accurate or not?