PREDICTIONS VS. ACTUAL RUNWAY LOOKS

At the end of July we made some predictions about what would be seen on the runways of New York Fashion Week in September. Forecasting experts from We Connect Fashion or WCF and a few of our students took some educated guesses, based on what they’d been seeing, as well as the general “zeitgeist” of the culture at large.

Prediction 1: Bohemian
The experts predicted that Boho would continue, and the old stand-by look could indeed be found, as sure as the Age of Aquarius shall dawn … one of these days.

These boho beauties from from Diane Von Furstenberg were particular standouts:

(Photograph: Pixelformula/Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock)

Prediction 2: Bright, Primary Colors
WCF also predicted intense hues, as you may recall, and sure enough, kapow! Pictured here: looks by Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, and Sachin & Babi.

(Photo: Giovanni Giannoni and Rodin Banica)

Prediction 3: Water-bleed Florals
WCF predicted what they called “water-bleed florals.” The closest thing we saw was in the Michael Kors show, including this design featuring an ombre/tie-dye hybrid.

(AP Photo: Richard Drew)

Prediction 4: Tribal Prints
WCF said we’d be seeing tribal prints for Spring/Summer 2018—mostly in black and white. These runway looks are the closest we found.

(Photo: Giovanni Giannoni)

Prediction 5: 80s Redux
Back in July, student Sallyann Rudd was hoping for a more elegant return to the 1980s: “… puff sleeves, full sleeves, a wider shoulder than we’ve seen in the last decade or so.”

We didn’t spot any blatantly 80s looks for women—other than a few oversized jackets (more on the London runways than on those of New York)—but we did spot a puff sleeve or two. Sallyann: What do you think—do these looks qualify?

(Photo: Glamour.com. Designers: VICTORIA BECKHAM; MICHAEL KORS; ULLA JOHNSON)

 

(Photo: WWD/Rex Shutterstock)

Prediction 6: Farewell to the Bare Midriff
Before Fashion Week, student Brigitte de Valois was hoping never to see another midriff on the runway again.

Sorry, Brigitte, but the midriff seems only to have migrated north toward the bust region with looks featuring “literal bras” like these.

Photo: ADAM SELMAN. Designers: ; MARYAM NASSIR ZADEH; HELMUT LANG

This year’s Fashion Week just goes to show, trends are difficult to predict. But that’s one of the things that makes fashion interesting, right?