fashion scan complete. trends detected.

I peruse the world on a perpetual hunt for current fashion inspo, filling my noggin with chiffon, sequins, etc., and will gradually pick up on the repeated patterns. Not literal patterns like polka dots or plaid (though sometimes those too), but more so general design elements that seem to be sticking around long enough for my brain to go: “now, wait a second… I’ve seen that before. And before.” So here are a few current fashion trends detected by my uber-talented fashion radar.

METALLICS

Everyone wants to glisten like a disco ball nowadays. 70’s glam but also 80’s punk and most definitely 2010’s soft grunge. As glimpsed in Off-White’s Fall 2023, there are studs and grommets galore right now, and not the kind that eat moon cheese and fight were-rabbits (if you don’t get that joke, you’re either too young or too cool). Additionally, metallic finishes in all sorts of funky colors act as a kiss hello and goodbye to the holographic craze of 2013 Tumblr. Yes, you heard that right. The 20-year trend cycle has officially halved. Either way, if my purse can’t double as a reflective surface on which to fix my lipstick, I don’t want it.

INFLATED

Puffy isn’t just for North Face any longer! Anything and everything can and will be puffified! Pumping air into your bike tire? Do your shoes too while you’re at it! No, but seriously. Loewe dropped a pair that would make Minnie Mouse green with envy. All that extra puff better finally make heels comfortable, but I doubt it. Speaking of Loewe, their Fall 2023 collection featured the Polly Pocket clothes you chewed on as a kid but if they were actually tasteful. And their SS23 oversized bomber was seen worn by literally everyone, including but not limited to Taylor Russell, Hailey Bieber, and She Who Shall Not Be Named (okay, fine, Kendall Jenner). Loewe is really pushing the puff and it’s working.

RED & PURPLE

This one could just be wishful thinking, but I don’t think it is. My magical crystal ball agreed… hues of true reds and crimson, but also deeper maroons and burgundies, matched in heaven with violets, lavenders, indigos, and purples so deep, they’re a kiss away from black. But my magical ball cheated because Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2023 was red and purple’s lovechild: Viva Magenta. I just didn’t expect to meet the parents so soon! My personal “a-ha!” moment was Gucci’s Fall 2023, but since then, my radar piqued again at the hands of Lanvin, Hermès, Isabel Marant, Moschino, Christian Dior… just to name a few. Red and purple, couple of the year.

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