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Friday, August 31, 2018

Men's Spring Summer 2019 Fashion Trend Forecast

In this post, I'll be sharing four key Men's fashion trends for spring summer 2019 as highlighted by New York-based firm Fashion Snoops. Each trend story in this forecast will include key takeaways, materials, must-have items, design details, and colors.

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To better understand the origin of the trends, there are four macro trends from which these seasonal stories emerge. They are:

New Local - new suburbia, glocalization (supporting local businesses and belonging to community), and the design of better products (quality over quantity)

Human Nature - off the grid (unplugging/unwinding), climate challenge (reducing emissions), and eco-tourism (sustainable travel)

Emotional Capacity - spiritual practices (meditation), mindfulness (sharing feelings), and human sensation (multi-sensory experiences)

New Creative - industry disrupted (job roles are shifting), hyper culture (instant access to information), and freelance culture (digital nomads, workplace freedom)

1. Main St.
Key takeaways for the Main St. story are: dad style, matching sets, domestic bliss, commuting coats, occasion dressing, relaxed tailoring, maximum pattern, nostalgia, time-honored styles, and suburban living. 

main st men's fashion forecast 2019

Materials include sporty satin, puckered gingham, drop needle knits, tapestry texture, pieced shirtings, retro poplin, and patterned seersucker. Design details are boxy sleeves and Johnny collars. Must-have items are the gent bomber jacket, banker suit, brunch sweater (polo style), league shirt (bowling inspired), executive pants (subtle pleats), and weekend polo shirt. Accessories are the Oxford and derby shoe, fishermen sandal, weekender bag, and vintage watch. The colors are retro mid-tones, aquatic hues, and greens such as lilypad and avocado. Brands to reference for more inspiration are Prada and Gucci.

main st men's fashion forecast spring 2019 colors

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2. Talisman
Ten key takeaways for the Talisman theme are: a focus on Australia, ancestral stories, traditional techniques, symbols + relics, mystical surrealism, summer marls, subtle embellishment, nature's accessories, all-season tailoring, and loud print + patterns. It's a trend for the younger customer, with a focus on active basics and the evolution of outdoorsy looks.

talisman men's fashion forecast spring 2019

Materials include nylon mesh, embossed exotics, patterned modal, tribal jacquards, distressed, yarn-dyed shirtings, micro poplin, and lightweight marls. Design details are tribal piecing, braided closures, mystical inserts, techno toggles, decorative beading, and hood flaps. Must-have items are the ritual jacket (trucker silhouette), mechanical suit with functional details, outback sweater, painted hill pants in (new camo prints), and the totemic T-shirt (boxy fit and tribal motif). Accessories include the coin pendant necklace, relic jewels, and beaded bracelets. The color palette uses purple as an accent, with teals, blues, and warm red balancing out the neutrals. See Off-White and Missoni for more examples.

talisman men's fashion forecast spring 2019

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3. Ventura
Key takeaways for the Ventura story are: contemporary rustic, Euro Americana, technical lightness, refined quilting, range of pinks, black & white landscapes, unstructured tailoring, desert journey, soul searchers, and rustic balance. 

ventura men's fashion forecast spring 2019

Materials are pique Oxford cloth, cracked leather, lightweight suede, puckered shirtings, overdyed jersey, and gauzy knits. Design details are the softened funnel neck, lace-up placket, pronounced stitching, zippered shoulders, and suede horsebit inserts. Must-have items are the Dunes jacket (suede body and trucker silhouette), Mojave suit (pima cotton), Ashcroft sweater (notch lapel and boxy fit), Mirage shirt (zip front), Yuma shorts (linen blend, above the knee), and the painted desert henley. Accessories are the active sandal, tennis shoe, travel knapsack, extra long belt, straw cap, and round aviators. The color palette makes strong use of pink, and also includes blues and pink-casted browns. See Topman and Ralph Lauren Purple Label for more inspiration. 

ventura men's fashion forecast spring 2019 colors

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4. Xchange
Ten takeaways for Xchange are: the new uniform, heritage without the cliches, updates to workwear, cool + casual + comfort, tech-y tradition, micro motifs, active tailoring, focus on accessories, ultra clean lines + styling, and integrated tech for retail. 

xchange men's fashion trend forecast spring 2019

Materials are heavyweight nylon, electra wool, workwear canvas, flex wovens, jute herringbone denim, cork, and jersey-lined suiting. Design details include: ID tags, kangaroo pockets, zippered plackets, stitched pockets, industrial straps, and metallic taping. Must-haves are the engineered suit (pieced construction), IBM sweater (cardigan with cuffs and side vents), data shirt (snap placket), co-op pants (loose shape), and the e-knit (active-inspired). Accessories are the slide sandal, runner shoes, nylon backpack, velcro straps on footwear, and the smart watch. Colors for Xchange are tech-driven, with lush green, blues, and neutrals including grey and khaki. See Givenchy and Rick Owens for more inspiration. 

xchange men's fashion trend forecast spring 2019

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Additional trend reports:

See four men's trends for fall 2018 and winter 2019.

See four denim trends for 2019.

See five footwear trends for spring summer 2019

See seven trends for fall 2018.


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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Denim Trend Forecast for 2019

Denim is a key category for Women and Juniors at MAGIC trade show, and since it's also such an important part of our modern wardrobes, I pay close attention to all things denim when I browse the booths each season. I'll be sharing four standout denim trends for 2019 in this fashion forecast. 

1. Sporty Stripes
There's nothing surprising about the carryover of sporty stripes into 2019. All manner of athletic references continue to dominate the market, as athleisure shows no signs of waning. Look for glittery trims, bold shades of red, and skinny stripes this time around. Read my feature on this trend from last season. See Express and Topshop for more examples of this theme.

sporty striped denim trend 2019

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2. Pretty Embellishments
Boring denim be gone; there are details aplenty on the horizon. As we look towards 2019, there are so many fun embellishments adorning denim, such as bows and self belts, faux fur trims, and the continuation of floral embroidery. See Gucci and Rebecca Taylor for more examples of this trend.

embellished denim trend 2019

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3. Deconstructed
Frayed edges, undone hems, shredded effects, and a worn-in look prevail. See Nasty Gal and GRLFRND for more inspiration. 

deconstructed denim trend 2019

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4. New Nineties
The '90s are back in full force. As if! Channel your inner Cher Horowitz and get your mom jeans, overalls, checkered prints, plaids, and over-the-top denim jackets ready. It's all about cropped lengths, layering, bold details, and belted waists. See BoohooWild Fable, and Topshop for great examples.

1990s denim trends for 2019, mom jeans trend

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This post would be incomplete if I didn't mention the rise of sustainability in the denim industry. With manufacturers seeking more eco-friendly processes and dyes, using recycled materials (such as plastic bottles), and trying to reduce the amount of resources used to make denim, there's a rising demand for being more green. Aztex Trading showed how e-flow machines, laser effects, and dyeing with air bubbles can create unique surfaces without polluting the planet.

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Want more fashion inspiration? Follow my Insta stories @thekeytochic, my Facebook page, and my Pinterest trend boards, where you'll have access to emerging trends, personal style, outfit ideas, and exclusive shopping reports.

Fore more fashion reports, see these trend reports on my blogs:

Four Women's trends for fall 2019 and winter 2020 on The Key To Chic

Five footwear trends for spring summer 2019

Seven trends for fall 2018 

4 Women's trends for fall 2018/winter 2019  

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fall 2018 Back To School Fashion Trends at MAGIC Trade Show

With August halfway over, the fall 2018 back-to-school shopping season has begun. If you're seeking style inspiration or looking for a wardrobe refresh, there are some exciting fashion trends to look out for.  Here are the seven must-have trends for fall 2018 that I scouted at MAGIC Tradeshow.

1. All Buttoned Up
A continuation from spring/summer 2018, buttons adorn midi dresses, skirts, and jumpsuits. Often more decorative than functional, look out for asymmetrical placements and vintage finishes.

Button Front Fashion Trend 2018

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2. The '90s Revival
If there's one thing to remember about the fall 2018 season, it's the '90s. As if! Break out your best Cher Horowitz-inspired looks and get acquainted (or reacquainted) with mini skirts, fuzzy crop tops, overalls, checkered denim, mom jeans, and plenty of plaid. See Target's new brand Wild Fable for colorful and affordable examples.

1990s Fashion trend

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3. Chunky Knitwear
This is the season of the statement sweater. Look out for textural details, bobble stitching, undone hems, and slouchy silhouettes. 

Chunky Knitwear trend fall 2018

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4. Overalls
If rompers and jumpsuits dominate the summer season, then overalls are a natural evolution for the fall/winter months. Expect to see them done in warm neutrals, corduroy, and embellished denim versions. See these overall styles at Shopbop for more shopping inspiration.

overalls fashion trend 2018

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5. See Through Style
There's no hiding from this trend. Transparent handbags and lucite footwear were dominant themes for accessories at MAGIC this season. Footwear brands to note for this theme are Vicenza and Schutz, who offer chic versions of this trend for fall.

Clear Lucite Accessories Trend 2018

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6. Rainbow Stripes and Brights
Bold and colorful stripes adorned slouchy knitwear for fall. 

Rainbow Stripes fashion trend

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7. Gold Mine
If there's one color to add to your closet as 2018 comes to a close, it's goldenrod. Also known as mustard or Gen Z yellow, it's pretty much the new Millennial pink. Not that pink is going anywhere, it's just morphing into a dustier, more muted hue. 

gold mustard Gen-Z color trend 2018

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August 25, 2018 update - See four denim trends for 2019.

August 21, 2018 update - See four fashion trends for fall 2019 and winter 2020 on The Key To Chic.

August 20, 2018 update - See five footwear trends for spring summer 2019 on The Key To Chic.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

The Look for Less - Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneakers

With the continued popularity of athletic apparel and footwear in the fashion industry, the chunky-soled sneaker is poised to replace the chic, minimal sneaker as the shoe style of choice. Joining the ranks of hoodies, leggings, fanny packs, parkas, and other fitness-inspired must-haves are a myriad of colorful, unmistakable new sneakers. For the spring/summer 2018 season, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, and ChloĆ© have designed standout styles perfect for dressing up or down. In luxurious materials and unexpected color combinations, they strike the balance between '90s dad sneakers and futuristic lifestyle kicks. 

You may have spotted the Louis Vuitton Archlight sneaker on your favorite influencer or model as pictured below. 

Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers 
Street Style

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So what exactly makes the Louis Vuitton Archlight style so special? This distinctive sneaker features an exaggerated arched sole, low-cut ankle, high tongue, and of-the-moment chunky sole. It's the kind of shoe that takes an outfit to the next level while keeping you comfortable. If the $1090 price tag doesn't fit your budget, there are may inspired versions for less available.
Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneakers Replica look alikes
Top row from left to right: Boohoo chunky dad trainers, $32, Boohoo chunky sole trainers, $32

Middle row: Louis Vuitton Archlight sneakers, $1090

Bottom row from left to right: Steve Madden Maximus (more colors available), $99.95, Jeffrey Campbell Lo Fi, $159.95

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