Neon and tie-dyed looks, cargo pants, animal prints, tailored pantsuits and skirt suits, slipdresses, rocker-inspired jackets and grunge are touted to be key looks in the contemporary department this spring. That’s the word from fashion directors of department and specialty stores, as well as web sites, who were polled about what they consider to be spring’s biggest trends.
Here’s what they had to say.
Heather Shimokawa, vice president for fashion direction, ready-to-wear at Bloomingdale’s:
“Leopard print was a huge fall trend and we are really excited about the evolution of animal print for spring with great snakeskin and colorful leopard prints. Our customer loves this print and we will see updated versions on T-shirts, wrap dresses and denim. We are also loving the newer silhouettes for spring with wraps, ties and knots that span across all categories from dresses, belted shorts and pants to fresh swim styles. Wide-leg jean that emerged last season will be everywhere this spring in all lengths — cropped, full and flared. The wash is lighter with a vintage Seventies feel. What is really new is the way designers stretched the category beyond the jean — we are excited about the jumpsuits, tailored denim dresses and skirts that we are offering her this season.”
Ken Downing, senior vice president, fashion director of Neiman Marcus
“The coming year will see a return to the decade defined by grunge, with a glam twist and understated chic, propelled by the continued enthusiasm around tailoring. Slipdresses layered with striped thin knits, rough and ready rocker-inspired biker jackets and fluffy furs as coats, chubbies and vests paired with combat boots or square-toe booties and shoes will be reminiscent of the past, but updated in current colors and fabrications, feeling relevant and right,” he said. He also feels tailoring will continue to be a major message, particularly the pantsuit and the skirt suit.
Roopal Patel, fashion director of Saks Fifth Avenue
“We saw so much synergy between contemporary and designer markets this season, especially with tie-dye. Tie-dye, ombré and dip dye dominated the runway in everything from dresses and skirts to denim and accessories. Prada had some of the best tie-dye looks of the season. We’re really excited to see the tie-dye trend being elevated to the designer stage. Neon will also be very directional for the spring season. Highlighter yellow, fluorescent pink and bright orange can be worn head-to-toe or as accents to add a fun pop of color to your look. Another trend we’re seeing for spring is utility dressing. Cargo pants, utility pockets and boiler suits will be everywhere this season.”
Durand Guion, group vice president of Macy’s Fashion Office
A strong pastel palette runs through spring collections. The store’s top picks for spring are the reimagined trenchcoats, spring-weight sweaters, slouchy pantsuits and mid-length dresses in ditzy florals.
Silvia Merati, chief merchant at Intermix
She’s excited about spring prints, such as florals, animal prints and ginghams, even combining them in one look. Some of her favorite brands like Attico and Ganni showed a neutral color palette, “but the beige felt fresh and sophisticated and has a palm desert vibe.” Another hot trend for spring is long dresses, especially in flowy silhouettes from designers such as Ulla Johnson and Self-Portrait. “We’re also loving waist focus details on pants, tops and dresses from brands like Tibi, Nanushka and A.L.C.” She said satin was the store’s number-one fabric for spring.
Lisa Aiken, women’s fashion director, Moda Operandi
Tailoring has been a predominant trend from designer to contemporary and shows no signs of slowing down, she said. “The appeal is very clear, a pant or skirt suit takes very little effort, while an item blazer adds instant polish to everything from denim to a slipdress,” she said. “The printed dress continues to be a sales driver, with the likes of Rixo, Les Reveries and Ganni delivering great fashion pieces at an incredible price point. Florals, polka dots and animal prints will be at the forefront.”
Marina Larroudé, fashion director of Barneys New York
“It is all about color and shades of neon for spring 2019. We saw it all over the runways, everything from bright orange dresses from Manning Cartell to belt bags from Off-White and Fila sneakers. Whether it be clothing or accessories, neon will be everywhere this spring. Tailoring will be a strong trend this spring. We saw so many interesting suits in the market, from Area leather blazers paired with bike shorts, to a variety of classic styles from Derek Lam 10 Crosby’s new suiting program. Robert Rodriguez did beautiful plaid sets and Barneys New York private label has a selection of all Made in Italy suiting. To bring the beach vibe to the city during winter months, you can invest in tie-dye pieces from R13, Proenza Schouler, Amiri, Prada and the Elder Statesman.”