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From power shoulders to utility pockets, the top 5 fall trends we are crushing on

Fall is here and that means a new set of trends that herald new looks and the opportunity to try styles you may otherwise have shied away from. And as usual, there is plenty to pick from. This fall is powered by heavy-duty fabrics, Gothic hues, and relaxed silhouettes. Designers have ditched denim for leather, power suits got a makeover, and utility is a leitmotif that found powerful expression.
Designers like McQueen, Prada, and Richard Quinn gave prominent status to shoulders while experimenting with military chic exuding insignia. Indian designers Gaurav Gupta and Urvashi Kaur rolled out pieces in leather and revamped ‘Made In India’ for millennials. Here are the five top fall trends of 2019 that are on our radar.

Leather dresses

Fall’19 runways witnessed malleable renditions of leather, providing surefire pieces for our winter wardrobe. Sara Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, has been looping in leather to create suits and ankle-length, punk-inspired laced boots in the past but this time it’s all about the dresses. Burton’s vision of a cocktail dress via a romantic frame welcomed off-shoulder leather dresses embellished with oversized floral work. 

In Milan, Paul Andrew’s debut collection made it to the final cut highlighting his fine leatherwork via easy slip dresses in olive greens, navy blue, and oxblood. New York-based Proenza Schouler rolled out striking versions of leather dresses with cinched waists and asymmetric hems. It was not all frills and ruffles at the Indian front either, Siddhartha Tytler, showcased zipped jacket dresses. 

Slouchy Suits

Favoured by the likes of street style fixtures such as Blonde Salad’s Chiara Ferragni and Olivia Palermo, power suits are more slouchy and relaxed this fall. The formidable pairing of Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia at Oscar de la Renta gave their leading woman a makeover; think corporate suits in tones of camel and walnut, paired with a draped satin scarf.

Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia, on the other hand, remained loyal to his cool-minimal tailoring, resulting in strong tone-on-tone suits for women. New York-based Alexander Wang took a detour from sport-inspired silhouettes and rolled out sharp suits in greys and black. Urvashi Kaur gave winter-appropriate layering hints alongside versions of linen and silk via pantsuits featuring several renditions of checks. 

Utility Pockets

In case you want to veer away from carrying handbags, pockets help. Miuccia Prada’s Fall’19 collection showcased heavy woolen coats, vests, jackets with front pockets. Winter coverups wouldn’t be the same without Max Mara’s wardrobe essentials and the likes of Kim Kardashian West, Jennifer Garner, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi agree. The brand also unveiled a line of long coats in beige, camel, and cream with side pockets. Rahul Mishra‘s retrospective show underlining florals and stripes with pockets marked his ten years in Paris.

Military Chic

Fall’19 trends were high on everything military, and this surpassed the monotonous camo prints and shades of khaki. The unrest in the Middle-East and Trump’s immigration crackdown inspired designers’ themes. Tom Ford exhibited military-inspired leather jackers, ankle-length pants, mandarin-collared shirts, and an ample amount of fur. Joining the league were Prada and Altuzarra that rolled out military-inspired renditions of duffel coats, puffers, and jumpers in tones of brown, khaki and black. Stella McCartney inched towards the conversation favouring rainforest conservation via her thick boiler suits in tones of olive greens and rust.

Power shoulders

This fall, let your shoulders do the talking. From McQueen to Giambattista Valli, exaggerated shoulders with ruched and ruffled details were everywhere. In London, Richard Quinn took the baton of dramatic shoulder wrap-dresses. India aced it with bridal finery presented by Gaurav Gupta in structural pieces of wine, lilac, and cream at the Indian Couture Week 2019.



Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.
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