With Paris fashion week underway, it’s time to reflect on what we’ve seen the past few weeks. Some amazing designers showcased their spring designs in New York, including Alexander Wang, newcomer Adeam, and Opening Ceremony, whose show opened with a play written and directed by Jonah Hill and Spike Jonze. This is all great, but the real thing we want to know is: what amazing designs do we have to use to peek into Spring 2015? Worry not, I’ve made a comprehensive list for all of you type-A fashion people out there.


1. Sultry Suede

So much suede everywhere! From Altuzarra to Derek Lam, suede took a sexy turn in plunging necklines and high slits.

Jason Wu

If you’re not sure how to wear such sensual suede, keep the accessories simple and softer to compliment the fabric’s luxury.


2. Titilating Transparency

NYFW continued it’s risk-taking with many transparent looks. This trend is continuing from many fall 2014 runways (remember Kendall Jenner at the Marc Jacobs show?), but you don’t have to show quite so much skin.

Joseph, Barbara Casasola

If you don’t want to put too much out there, or want to make see-through clothes more work-appropriate, layer them with neutral tones, or welcome spring with pastel undershirts/slips!


3. Fab Fringe

Tory Burch, Calvin Klein and Rodarte all used fringe in their collections. Oftentimes, fringe was used on the runway to appeal to a feminine silhouette, accentuating slits and creating movement.

Proenza Schouler

Fringe can easily be the center of your outfit, so many of these designers decided to keep the rest of the look simple and let the fringe take the lead. This is one styling tip that definitely translates from the runway to the sidewalk.


4. Gingham

Gingham got a lot of news attention during NYFW. This pattern was everywhere, from Lela Rose to Altuzarra. It’s very similar to a checkered pattern, and can be dressy enough to wear to the office.

Diane Von Furstenburg

This is an easy one to wear! Like other patterns, try to keep it simple. Unless you want to try some bold pattern-mixing!


5. Full Floral

Floral practically always comes back around for Spring; but for 2015, there was a lot of large, beautiful designs.

Michael Kors, Carolina Herrera

Like gingham, large floral prints can translate to many workplaces if they’re paired with simple pieces.


6. Stylish Shoulders

Last, but definitely not least, is intricately cut shoulder designs. Marios Schwab and Proenza Schouler both displayed amazing shoulder designs down the runway. There was also the sub-trend, bib-shoulders, as seen at Band of Outsiders.

Marios Schwab, Vera Wang

Personally, this is one of my favourite trends, and can really showcase the designers’ creativity.


What other trends did you notice? What are your faves?


A note to readers, past and present: apologies for my 4 month absence. I took some time off to focus on other changes happening in my life, and to try to enjoy a relaxing summer. Glad to be back, and I hope that you are, too!


This piece was written by Rebecca MacDonald, Fashion Columnist at Rhetoric Magazine. Come back for more every Thursday!