Mercedes Benz Fashion Week (Month!), as it is in reality, just wrapped up in Paris this last week after it’s big stops in New York, London and Milan beforehand. Not to mention, other little stops along the way such as LA, which is gaining fashion traction, and Berlin. To keep things simple though, we’ve rounded up our favorite and most prominent trends from “The Big Four!” Many of these trends such as, suiting, statement pockets and pattern-covered coats are easily translateable for fall sewing projects.
Khaite, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Jill Stuart
It’s been here, it’s here and we’re not seeing it go out of style anytime soon. Velvet has been one of the biggest fabric trends we’ve seen in the past year on everything from bomber jackets to sneakers to gowns on the Oscar’s red carpet. This luxe fabric takes any garmet to the next level and will surely stand the test of time.
Calvin Klein, Tibi
Suiting offers a play on menswear in these 80s style garments that are boxy in shape and big on style. The fabrics stick to classic greys and and blacks that were more commonly seen in old mens suits. However, don’t think we’re giving it all to the guys, the beauty of making our own clothes is choosing the style and fit that we want, a.k.a, feminine and form-fitting. Try this gorgeous Vintage Lola Suit, which is equal parts professional and lady-like.
Nanette Lepore, Prabal Gurung, Altuzarra
I’ll admit, I’m biased, I can’t get enough of this gorgeous burgundy, marsala, pinot noir color and it makes me giddy to see it on the runway. it’s bold yet not in your face, it’s feminine without being overly girly and it’s simply romantic. The three runway images I pulled are also all in different fabrics. You’ll see a rich velvet, thick satin coat and flowing crepe chiffon. The options are endless!
Victoria Beckham, J. JS Lee, Markus Lupfer
Skip the boring black pea coat and make a statement with a plaid variety of outwear next winter as we saw on many runways such as Victoria Beckham, J. JS Lee, Mulberry, Orla Kiely, Paul Costelloe, Markus Lupfer and Pringle of Scotland. Not sure about working with plaid? Check out our instructional videos, How to Match and Cut Plaid Fabrics and Sewing with Plaid Fabrics!
Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha
Statement pockets such as the above are a perfect trend for the sewist because they can easily be added to nearly any jacket and if later you don’t love it, just remove it with your trusty seam ripper! Need to brush up on your sewing pocket techniques? Here are some videos that might help! Get started now with the Wrap Coat from the December 2016 issue, which already features perfectly on-trend oversize statement pockets.
Temperly London, Huishan Zhang, Erdem
Little House on the Prairie gets a makeover! High necklines, long sleeves and ankle grazing hemlines in a much modest fashion were seen on many runways including Erdem, Mulberry, Bora Aksu, Joseph and Temperly London. If you wanted to get started on your own variation, consider the BurdaStyle Victorian Maxi Dress or the High Neck Maxi Dress, which are both perfect examples of this trend. When picking fabric, go for sweet florals with touches of lace to keep it from being too harsh. Seems Dakota Johnson had a heads up on this trend, which we documented a few weeks ago, see her take here.
Monochrome with a little color twist
Jil Sander, Ermanno Scervino, Salvatore Ferragamo
My favorite trend at Milan FW were these monochrome outfits with a little color twist. Jil Sander, Trussardi, Attico, Salvatore Ferragamo, Agnona, Ermanno Scervino, Jimmy Choo and Emporio Armani presented outfits in monochrome colors and added some spice by mixing them with complementary colors. To sew your own stylish monochrome outfit you just need fabric in your favorite color. The best thing about it is, that you don’t need to worry about any pattern. Add accessories or a turtleneck jersey in a bright color.
Antonio Marras, Dolce&Gabbana, Au Jour le Jour
Designers as Dolce&Gabbana, Antonio Marras, Au Jour le Jour or Blumarine carried us away to their own little fantasy land. To create your own delicate fantasy gowns you only need to combine soft tulle in nude colors with embroidered fabric like shown in the BurdaStyle February 2017 issue.
Long Coats Printed Coats
Missoni, Giorgio Armani, MSGM
Winter 2017 will be more colorful than ever. Why do we always wear black, grey or blue coats when there are so many happier options. At MFW designers showed us how to combine long coats with an all-over print. Among the brands where MSGM, Giorgio Armani, Missoni, Dolce&Gabbana, Mila Schon and Emporio Armani. Choose one of our patterns for a long, simple coat (like this coat or this coat) and go pattern-crazy!
At Paris Fashion Week the focus was slightly different than at MFW. While in Italy the focus lay more on the whole outfit, the designers in France were more concerned about details like feathers, ruffles, cross-over-bags and even nylons (!). Lanvin and Jaquemus for example showed these ruffled necklines in either black or white. Choose one of our patterns with ruffles and create your own runway style.
Liselore Frowijn, Dries van Noten, Nehera
Down jackets – we’ve been loving them during the last winters as they are lightweight, warm and fit easily into our bags and baggage. But at PFW17 the designers did an update on them and now our old ones might seem a little bit boring in comparison. Different sizes and forms of “down compartments” as well as a color mash-up create an entirely new sort of coat!
Mixing Orange, Pink and Red
Koché, Y/Project Runway
Here it comes again: A combination of orange, pink and red! It’s been only six years since we saw this trend in the stores and since Prada introduced its matching Eau de Parfum “Candy”. Since then, designers like OBCM, Y/Project Runway and Koche don’t have to convince us anymore that we can actually combine pink with a bright red, orange and burgundy. Don’t be shy and add some candy colors to your life!