The Latest: Spring/Summer 2015

Now that fashion month is officially over, we’re rounding up the top 10 trends seen on the S/S ’15 runways. From whittled waistlines to quilted patchwork, here is what the major fashion houses have in store:

1. It’s a Cinch

From streamlined leather belts to fanciful tulle sashes, dresses, tunics and pencil skirts were cinched at the bodice to reveal a uniformly trim waistline.

 From L to R: Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Burberry, Bottega Veneta

From L to R: Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, Burberry, Bottega Veneta

2. Groove is in the Heart
A wardrobe that would make 1970’s babes like Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall proud, neck foulards, bell bottoms, denim and pantsuits swung down the runways.

From L to R: Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Tom Ford, Coach, Fendi

From L to R: Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Tom Ford, Coach, Fendi

3. Double Exposure
The hip takes center stage as the season’s body part to bare. Ranging from subtle side slits to full-on, spherical cut-outs, brace yourself for some major side effects.

 From L to R: Céline, Stella McCartney, Cushnie et Ochs, Christian Dior, Fendi

From L to R: Céline, Stella McCartney, Cushnie et Ochs, Christian Dior, Fendi

4. The Fine Prints
Gone are the days when you had to worry about prints clashing. Folksy patchwork is the new color-blocking.

From L to R: Céline, Valentino, Donna Karan, Maison Martin Margiela, Prada

From L to R: Céline, Valentino, Donna Karan, Maison Martin Margiela, Prada

5. A to V
Plunging necklines dominated the runways, lending a heightened drama to midi dresses and gowns.

From L to R: Michael Kors, BCBG, Jason Wu, Altuzarra, Calvin Klein

From L to R: Michael Kors, BCBG, Jason Wu, Altuzarra, Calvin Klein

6. Sew What?
Often reserved for denim separates, topstitching was one of the more unexpected trends with crew-neck tops, menswear-inspired coats and shift dresses all bearing prominent, contrasting seams.

From L to R: Prada, Derek Lam, Céline, Burberry, Prada

From L to R: Prada, Derek Lam, Céline, Burberry, Prada

7. Good Sport
A mash-up of stripes, mesh and neoprene culminated in sport-inspired streetwear like flippy, court-side minis and highlighter tees. (Also of note, ordinarily gym-bound trainers were the footwear of choice for leading fashion houses including Burberry, Rag & Bone and DKNY.)

From L to R: Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Milly, Balenciaga, Prabal Gurung

From L to R: Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, Milly, Balenciaga, Prabal Gurung

8. On the Fringe
A tassel trim here, a frayed hemline there, designers took to fringe referencing everything from 1920’s Gatsby glamour to 1970’s boho-chic.

From L to R: Emporio Armani, Reed Krakoff, Tom Ford, Proenza Schouler, Dolce & Gabbana

From L to R: Emporio Armani, Reed Krakoff, Tom Ford, Proenza Schouler, Dolce & Gabbana

9. Precious Cargo
Oversized and with prominent snaps and pleats, cargo pockets are no longer confined to the military. The combat-inspired appendage found its way on parkas, jackets, shirt dresses and skirts.

From L to R: Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Mulberry, Salvatore Ferragamo

From L to R: Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Mulberry, Salvatore Ferragamo

10. Leg Up
Conservative necklines were offset by thigh-high slits for body-skimming sheath dresses that sizzled. A valiant study in proportions, it was sophistication with just enough sex appeal.

From L to R: Donna Karan, Peter Som, Jason Wu, Fendi, Diane Von Furstenberg

From L to R: Donna Karan, Peter Som, Jason Wu, Fendi, Diane Von Furstenberg

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