Top Ten Trends Discovered in Luxury Boutiques Worldwide
Posted: December 16, 2013
Yes, we all love to travel. Racing to the airport, then the delays. The passenger sitting behind you on the plane coughing on your neck, the (shudder) airline food, the luggage conveyer snake swallowing your new LV suitcase. But let’s stop right there. There’s no need for you to budge from your desk. I have brought the top ten international fashion trends directly to you.
Uncovered in the most chic, luxury boutiques across the globe, stunning apparel created by the world’s top designers. We can distill these trends and translate them for the mass market, the big box retailers, department stores and specialty stores to ensure that our customers still have the choice of up-to-the moment fashion looks, without the couture price tags.
So, lean back in your chair, open a bag of peanuts and enjoy the journey.
1. Trend: The Ankle Boot
Discovered in: Work in Progress Boutique
The must-have silhouette in the very important boot trend. Ankle boots come in every imaginable color, material and height. Embellished with studs, fringes, spikes, crystal, fur trim, towering platforms or walkable, riding heels, this profile speaks volumes. This black patent leather ankle boot we found in Monaco is by Maison Martin Margiela and features a fabulous purple stiletto heel encased in a clear Lucite block, (another hot trend.)
2. Trend: The Drop Waist
Discovered in: Al Duca d’Aosta Boutique
Location: Venezia, Italy
Remember the Resort 2014 collection Karl Lagerfeld presented in May, 2013, showcased in the very cosmopolitan city of Singapore? Lagerfeld dug deep into the archives of the House of Chanel and revisited the early designs of Madame Coco with his modern interpretation of the 1920’s drop waist silhouette. Now we see his influence on a global scale. This lovely and flattering drop waist dress is by Missoni. A flared hem adds to the feminine appeal of the cut. The sophisticated black and gold woven metallic zig zag fabric, a modern version of the bargello pattern, is so Mission.
3. Trend: Sheer
Discovered in: L’Eclaireur Boutique
Location: Paris, France
Sheer styles have been around since Cleopatra thought seducing Marc Antony would be good for business. What’s new is a modern edge mixed in when our top designers blend sheer draperies in new silhouettes. This charming dress, uncovered in a fabulous boutique in Paris is by Zuhair Murad. Sequins, embellishments and a paneled construction make this an elegant contemporary choice for the professional party goer.
4. Trend: Metallic
Discovered in: The Webster Boutique
Location: Miami, United States
Heavy metal is a top trend across all categories. Apparel, shoes and boots, jewelry, makeup and beauty products, gold and silver shine through. Found in the Webster Boutique, these most enchanting trousers are a more feminine response to the metallic trend. By Lanvin, the silver wool and silk trousers are sprinkled with graceful butterflies, reminding us that printed pants are also on the top of our must-have list.
5. Trend: The Peplum and Asymmetrical Hems
Discovered in: The Soho-Soho Boutique
Location: Athens, Greece
Long in the back, short in the front. Draped and gathered on the left, hanging long on the right. Whichever way you look at it, asymmetrical hems are here. We see this uneven silhouette in coats, blouses and dresses. This lovely example of a perfectly tailored modern peplum top is by Yigal Azrouel. A fitted, jet black and purple patterned top with a contemporary curved hemline, this peplum speaks sophistication.
6. Trend: Big Game Animal Prints
Discovered in: The First Boutique
Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Emanuel Ungaro has always been comfortable with the big cats. This perfect example of a trend turned classic was found in a boutique in Cyprus. The slim, fitted design, part leopard print, part black paneled pencil skirt, notched and knee length, doesn’t need to roar, it purrs.
7. Trend: Computer Graphics
Discovered in: The Elite Boutique
Location: Marbella, Spain
The Queen of developing lavish computer graphic prints and converting them into luxury fashion apparel is Mary Katrantzou. The bandwagon is stuffed to bursting with others who have imitated her. This is an incredibly important trend that is seen across the board in every category. Found in a gem of a boutique in Spain, the iconic “Insert San Fran” dress. Whether you have crossed the Golden Gates or hung onto a cable car or not, this silk, cotton and leather sleeveless dress is at the top of its class.
8. Trend: Reversible
Discovered in: The Bout-Zoe Fashion Boutique
Location: Saarbrucken, Germany
Not exactly buy-one-get-one-free, reversible was once a poor cousin to extravagant and sophisticated style. No longer. Top couture designers everywhere are adding luxurious reversible coats and vests to their collections. This absolute stunner is by Blancha. The richly textured khaki Persian lamb’s wool coat with sleek funnel collar has a wool blend reversible lining. This is opulent outerwear at its most refined.
9. Trend: Printed Leggings
Discovered in: The Smets Boutique
Graphic, bold, printed, patterned, all over wild and colorful. In this category less is not more. (Sorry Mies van der Rohe; not this time.) Audacious patterned leggings are hot. These delightful leggings by Alexander McQueen sport a multicolored symmetrical floral print.
10. Trend: Colorful Faux Fur
Discovered in: The Style Suite Boutique
Location: Maastricht, Netherlands
All fur is up-trending and hot. Providing both the actual and the faux offers options for our customers. If you’re going faux, go all the way. Brilliant orange acrylic and polyester, two big, deep patch pockets and notched lapels, this fuzzy coat by MSGM shouts fun! Just remember don’t call it “fake,” least Karl Lagerfeld over hears you. He prefers you call it “costume fur.”
Fashion Trend Analyst contributor: Diane Weisbeck.TAGS: retail trends, retailers, retail, staffing, merchandising, fashion trends, fashion, fashionista, fashion stylist,