Upcoming Trends

If only we could always be one step ahead of the fashion game and have next season’s hottest trends right now… well, it so turns out there are little clues to help, without getting the crystal ball out. Trend forecasting means we can predict what will be on the catwalks and trickling into high street fashion years in advance and we’re here to give some of our own (well-informed) predictions for both mens’ and womens’ fashion in the next few months.

Dressed up (and down)

The athleisure market is now reportedly worth more than $97 billion, and it’s no surprise looking back at the rise of casual wear in the past few years. Comfy footwear, in particular, the resurgence of the Stan Smith and the double strap Birkenstock, can be somewhat attributed to Phoebe Philo, Creative Director of Céline (AKA Queen of Cool), and the Olsen Twins, who seemed to be among the first to rock the casual look and turn heads. The rejection of the high heels and tight dresses among women seems to be ubiquitous with the rise of new wave feminism, and the quiet, minimal and somewhat androgynous aesthetic made famous by Calvin Klein in the 1990s seems to be rearing its head.

COS Cashmere Hat, £35
COS Cashmere Hat, £35
Zara Hook and Loop Sneakers, £29.99
Zara Hook and Loop Sneakers, £29.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topshop Piped Formal Jogger, £40
Topshop Piped Formal Jogger, £40
Birkenstock Amsterdam Anthracite Clogs, £35.96
Birkenstock Amsterdam Anthracite Clogs, £35.96

 

Suggested specs:

Alexander McQueen Piercing Bar Sunglasses in White
Womens: Alexander McQueen Piercing Bar Sunglasses in White
Italia Independent I-Plastic 0920 Sunglasses in Brown
Mens: Italia Independent I-Plastic 0920 Sunglasses in Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brands and bands

Recent collections from major streetwear brands seem to be plastered with slogans, bands and brands in, more often than not, a gothic typeface. Supreme and Vetements seem to be all over the font which is often seen on the merchandise of metal bands (and now Justin Bieber), and use it to plaster their brand name across the garments. Other looks of a similar ilk come in the form of celebrity faces, such as Snoop Dogg, and subverted logos of brand, a look that has come a long way from joke t-shirts from Camden Market.

Justin Bieber x Superette WDYM Longsleeve T-Shirt
Justin Bieber x Superette WDYM Longsleeve T-Shirt $50
Palasonic Knit Blue/White/Multi
Palace Palasonic Knit Blue/White/Multi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyunjae Lee wearing Vetements sweater
Hyunjae Lee wearing Vetements sweater
Supreme/Sasquatchfabrix Goldfish Tee, 8
Supreme/Sasquatchfabrix Goldfish Tee, $108
Vetements Men
Vetements Men’s Snoop T-Shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl at LFW wearing Vetements
Girl at LFW wearing Vetements ‘Coming Soon’ Hoodie

Suggested specs:

Alexander McQueen Stud Temple Aviator Sunglasses in Black Antique Silver
Mens: Alexander McQueen Stud Temple Aviator Sunglasses in Black Antique Silver
MIU MIU Geometric Sunglasses in Sand Beige Havana
Womens: MIU MIU Geometric Sunglasses in Sand Beige Havana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iron-on individuality

Take a leaf out of any classic 90s teen film and customise everything you own. Whether it’s your room, your bike or your clothes, altering something and making it your own is endlessly satisfying, and luckily it looks like it’s going to be a big trend this season. So plaster your walls with posters, add tassles to your handbars and iron-on some ACE patches – you’ll be the envy of every 90s kid, and you’ll have a unique garment. Or you could just cheat it and buy some pre-patched outfits.

Still from
Still from ‘Dazed and Confused’, (1994)
Still from
Still from ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ (1999)
Zara Oversized Poplin Shirt, £25.99
Zara Oversized Poplin Shirt, £25.99
Cheap Monday Mad Cool Patches Cardigan £80
Cheap Monday Mad Cool Patches Cardigan £80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skinny Dip Iron-On Patches
Skinny Dip Iron-On Patches
Venessa Arizaga Ring Leader Bracelet
Venessa Arizaga Ring Leader Bracelet $55
Lazy Oaf Sweet Stuff Sheer Shirt, £35
Lazy Oaf Sweet Stuff Sheer Shirt, £35

Suggested specs:

Mens: Ray-Ban® Round Flat Lens Sunglasses in Gold Lilac Flash
Mens: Ray-Ban® Round Flat Lens Sunglasses in Gold Lilac Flash
Womens: Wildfox Lip Service Sunglasses in Pink Glitter
Womens: Wildfox
Lip Service Sunglasses in Pink Glitter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyday extravagance

Whoever you are, it’s likely you’ve wished for an occasion to dress up – but who needs an occasion! There are ways to incorporate plenty of opulence into your wardrobe without looking like you’ve just stepped out of 18th century Versailles. Dressing down bold accessories, or finding way to dress up classically casual looks isn’t as hard as you may think, you just need to be looking for the right thing.

Jeffrey Campbell Embroidered Clear Heeled Shoes, £109
Jeffrey Campbell Embroidered Clear Heeled Shoes, £109
Tassel Drop Choker Necklace, £15
Tassel Drop Choker Necklace, £15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASOS Top In Embroidered Spot Mesh £30
ASOS Top In Embroidered Spot Mesh £30
Druzy Stone Collar Necklace, £6
Druzy Stone Collar Necklace, £6
G.V.G.V. Lace-up MA-1 Blouson, 3
G.V.G.V. Lace-up MA-1 Blouson, $173

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reclaimed Vintage Embroidered Waistcoat, £30

Suggested specs:

 

Gucci Retro Square Sunglasses in Light Havana
Mens: Gucci Retro Square Sunglasses in Light Havana
Prada Wooden Baroque Round Sunglasses in Ebony Malabar Brown Gold Mirror
Womens: Prada Wooden Baroque Round Sunglasses in Ebony Malabar Brown Gold Mirror

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pristine practicality

Everyone wants to have everything they need with them, easily accessible, and still looking on trend. Unfortunately, many give up and opt for the ‘bag lady’ (or ‘bag man’) style. Now it seems utility is cool, with functional backpacks, sturdy boots and shirts that seem to be more pockets than anything else popping up all over the place. When styled well, there need be no worry of looking like you’re wearing a bad Indiana Jones costume.

Toms Castlerock Utility Canvas Trekker Backpack, £59.99
Dr. Martens Bonny Boots, £60
Clothsurgeon Denim Nehru Shirt, £145
Clothsurgeon Denim Nehru Shirt, £145

 

ASOS Boyfriend Coat with Utility Detail Pockets, £45
ASOS Boyfriend Coat with Utility Detail Pockets, £45

Suggested specs:

Womens: Levis Keyhole Square Sunglasses in Clear
Womens: Levis Keyhole Square Sunglasses in Clear
Marc Jacobs Square Aviator Sunglasses in Gold Grey Green
Mens: Marc Jacobs Square Aviator Sunglasses in Gold Grey Green

 

What do you think of our trend forecast for the rest of 2016? Let us know in the comments…