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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Top Denim Trends for 2018

As denim becomes more ingrained into our everyday wardrobes, it's fascinating to see how it evolves each season. The days of boring blue jeans are long gone, replaced with embellished jackets, cute skirts, innovative treatments, eco-friendly construction techniques, and fun finishes. Earlier this month at MAGIC trade show, I spent some time tracking Women's denim trends, and I'll be sharing my top five denim trends for 2018. 

1. The Novelty Denim Jacket
While the trucker jacket was a key item last season, the novelty jacket is taking its place for spring 2018. Think floral embroidery, elbow cut outs, ruffles, cropped shapes, and frayed edges. Almost anything goes; there's no room for minimalism here.

2018 denim jacket fashion trends

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2. Fit to be Stitched
The embroidery of the past few seasons isn't slowing down, with floral motifs adding a pretty touch to straight-leg jeans, mini skirts, and casual jackets.

2018 embroidered denim fashion trend

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3. The Sporty Stripe
Given the popularity of athletic apparel, the athleisure movement was bound to infiltrate the denim market. Sporty striped panels adorned many pairs of jeans at MAGIC this season. It was most notable on skinny and straight leg silhouettes and paired with distressed finishes. 

2018 sporty striped jeans fashion trend

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4. Shredded Styles
Fringe effects, frayed hems, shredded trims, and Western-inspired details add texture and movement to denim.

2018 fringe denim fashion trend

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5. Overalls
Overalls, short-alls, and overall skirts round out the mix of one-piece denim styles I spotted. Paired with statement-sleeve tops layered underneath, it's a casual path to festival season style.

2018 denim overalls fashion trend

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Other notable denim trends to take note of include: glow in the dark denim, iridescent coatings, 3-D effects, recycled garments, resin prints, water repellent storm denim, and fabric with enhanced wicking. 

See brands such as RE/DONE, AGOLDE, Topshop, 3x1, Levi's, and this collection of emerging designers for more denim inspiration and ideas.

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Catch up with me on InstagramFacebookTwitter, or Snapchat @thekeytochic. Get more fashion trend reports here:

Five Women's footwear trends for 2018 

Men's spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast

Women's spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast

Women's fall 2018/winter 2019 fashion trend forecast (macro trends)

Women's fall 2018/winter 2019 trend forecast (four key themes)

Women's spring summer 2019 fashion trend forecast


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Women's Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Fashion Trend Forecast

New York-based trend agency Fashion Snoops is featuring four key Women's fashion trend narratives for the fall 2018/winter 2019 season. They are: Sensei, Vanguard, New Romantics, and Terra. In this post, I'll be sharing details about each theme, including the inspiration, key items, color palettes, and must-have accessories. 

For more background information on where these four trends come from, this post goes hand in hand with the fall 2018/winter 2019 macro trends post that I published on my other blog The Key To Chic.

Want more fashion trend inspiration and information? Follow along on my Insta stories @thekeytochic, my Facebook page, and my Pinterest trend boards, where you'll have access to emerging trends, trade show trends, outfit ideas, and frequent shopping reports.

Some quick updates:

February 21, 2018 update - See five key 2018 denim trends for Women in my MAGIC trade show report.

February 19, 2018 update - See five Women's footwear trends for 2018 in my MAGIC trade show report. 

January 25, 2018 update - See my favorite spring 2018 trends in this mini retail report.

January 23, 2018 update - See four Men's trends for fall 2018/winter 2019

January 9, 2018 update - See nine key fashion trends for spring summer 2018 in my retail trend report.

Please note that this blog post is adapted from Fashion Snoops, is protected by international copyright laws, and may not be republished without permission. Students, please feel free to use this information for school projects as long as it's not reproduced or republished online and you properly cite both Fashion Snoops and The Key To Chic as sources.

1. Sensei
According to Fashion Snoops, "the Sensei woman has achieved a certain level of mastery. Complex and innovative, her wardrobe has tailored origins inclusive of power suits, reworked shirts, and voluminous trousers. There's a softer side to her as well, which reminds us of a traditional Japanese retreat. Kimono sleeves and wrapped sweater styling compose a serene spirit that nods to the past. Traditional shibori dye techniques add a sense of tranquility to minimalistic Japanese lines."

Key words for Sensei include: Japanese influence, reworked shirts, minimalist lines, tunic layering, voluminous pants, wrapped styling, the power blazer, fluid volume, kimono styling, and shibori prints. 

sensei trend forecast mood

sensei fashion trend details
Colors have a serene side and a rich cultural heritage. There are dusty tones such as Lab and Antique Pink, as well as red hues iD and Samurai. Catalyst is a dark green. 
sensei fashion trend forecast colors
Must-have items for the Sensei story are the wrapped sweater, culottes, tunic, reworked shirt, sleeveless overcoat, wide leg pants, and power blazer.
sensei key items
Key accessories include statement pumps, laceless oxfords, stiletto heeled booties, the canteen bag, micro frame sunglasses, the rope belt, and sculptural earrings. 
sensei accessories
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2. Vanguard
The background on Vanguard: "the Vanguard woman is at the forefront of a progressive movement paving the way with new ideas. She resonates with the Maker Movement, defining a woman who is an inventor and designer. As an expressionist, she embraces power colors. The 1970s come to mind with the rise of hip-hop in Harlem and patterns ranging from track stripes to chevron patterns. Items like track suits or polos have major street cred, while embroidered jeans play up the craft component."

This theme is influenced by the progressive craft movement and protest through art. Takeaways for Vanguard are: experimental knits, feminism, community, track suits, vintage furs, activism, mixed media, positive influence, and a collaborative spirit. 

vanguard fashion forecast mood

vanguard trend details
The color palette for Vanguard is empowering with a retro spirit. There are reds and a bright Shelter orange, as well as dusty neutrals and mid-tones. 
vanguard fashion forecast colors
Key items are: the oversized sweater, flares, trucker jacket, track jacket, fur coats, turtlenecks, the slim midi skirt, wide-leg pants, and the sweater dress.
vanguard key items
Accessories for Vanguard are platform lug sole boots, high tops, slide sandals, the mini top handle bag, messenger bags, newsboy caps, camp socks, and square frames.
vanguard accessories
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3. New Romantics
The story behind this theme is as follows: "the New Romantic woman believes in leveraging the past to bring us closer to the future. This dark romantic trend embodies a modern Victorian reference complete with Baroque and traditional Celtic patterns. Plush velvet is a driver across all classifications, especially dresses. Puff sleeve detailing elevates blouses, and higher necklines are often leveraged as a layer underneath slip dresses. Delightful feminine flourishes range from moody florals to ruffles. Layered power blazers achieve a new level of harmony."

This theme is about a collision of eras, Victorian influence, velvet separates, and jewel tones. Takeaways are: escapism, romance, moody florals, puffy sleeves, romantic ruffles, higher collars, poetic graphics, English monarchy, and tailored blazers. 

new romantics fashion forecast mood

new romantics details
The color palette for New Romantics is tender and romantic with jewel tones such as Tokyo Glow and soft tones such as Antique Pink.
new romantics fashion forecast colors
Must-haves for New Romantics are the midi skirt, wrap maxi dress, wide-leg pants, cape, overcoat, power blazer, puff-sleeved blouse, and slip dress.
new romantics key items
Key accessories are the updated Mary Jane, heeled mule, stocking boot, top handle bag, micro bag, embellished belt with pearls, optical cat eyes, pearl earrings, and lots of velvet. 
new romantics accessories
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4. Terra
According to Fashion Snoops, "Terra embodies a woman who is one and of the earth with a heightened digital footprint. Emerged in the Berkshires, she forges a deep connection with the earth which is both rustic and youthful. At home in weathered shearling or quilted nylon, outerwear favorites include parkas and puffers. Prints and patterns include both traditional motifs like ditsy florals and structured nature imagery that pushes the digital envelope. Oversized sweater dresses and turtlenecks are favorites, and fur or fringe details are full-on cabin fever mode."

Takeaways include: hybrid innovation, natural + digital, experimentation, retreat, discovery, and of the earth. There are cozy sweaters, parkas, high pile furs, shades of green, utility details, and quilted surfaces. 

terra fashion forecast mood

terra trend forecast details
The color palette for Terra is earth inspired, with a digital element. There are browns such as Henna and Fawn, as well as a variety of greens, including a bold lime shade called Algae.
terra color palette

Must-have items for Terra are: the puffer jacket, bomber jacket, sweater dress, parka, bomber jacket, cargo pants, oversized turtleneck sweater, oversized shirt, and baggy jeans.
terra key items
Accessories for Terra are the heeled hiking boot, updated hobo bag, knit gloves, corset belt, statement earrings, quilted leather tote, and mono lens sunglasses
terra accessories
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For more forecasts, see this spring summer 2018 fashion report, this spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast, and this spring summer 2019 fashion forecast. 

To get more frequent fashion trend inspiration and ideas, follow along on social media @thekeytochic.



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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Men's Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Fashion Trend Forecast

In this post I'll be sharing four key fashion trends that New York-based firm Fashion Snoops is highlighting in their Men's fall 2018/winter 2019 fashion trend forecast. These trends are born out of the following four cultural macro trends: 

Though Space and Time - about escapism, unknown worlds, and virtual reality
Human Nature - about being off the grid, biotech, and eco-tourism
Emotional Capacity - focus on spiritual practices, mindfulness, fragility and fear
Identity - includes the gender blur, personalization, and modern relationships

Please note that this blog post is adapted from Fashion Snoops, is protected by international copyright laws, and may not be republished without permission. Students, please feel free to use this information for school projects as long as it's not reproduced or republished online and you properly cite both Fashion Snoops and Fashion Trend Guide as sources. 

1. Portal
Portal is a focus on heritage mills with a collision of eras and the United Kingdom as inspiration. It's travel through space and time to another generation. There is directional knitting with a tailored and easy silhouette. Updated plaids and pieced wovens are key. Portal takes the Scottish countryside or the East End of London as inspiration. It's about the relaxation of formality with tweedy layers and regal trims. 

Key words to describe Portal are: ancestral, tweedy, fearless combinations, Scottish romance, and heritage mills.

portal men's trend forecast mood

The color palette for Portal includes historic neutrals and oil-on-canvas hues with a time-worn patina. 

portal men's trend forecast colors

Materials are tactile: bouclé tweed, chunky corduroy, burnout velvet, blanket flannels, extreme marl, and yarn-dyed twill. 

portal trend forecast materials

portal trend forecast patterns

Design details include heritage logos, ruffle plackets and piping, lining embellishment, self-belts, and pieced shirtings.

portal trend forecast design details

Must-haves are the Westminster coat, mill sweater, Viceroy suit, regal sweatshirt, driving cap, bold readers, monk strap shoes, loafers, and briefcases.

See examples of Portal:

2. Aether
The Aether trend story focuses on outdoor heritage brands, cozy tech, heavyweight flannels, old-school logos, performance tailoring, and rugged casual bottoms. It's about smarter fabric blends and all shades of green. Iceland serves as the setting. 

Key words to characterize the trend include: unreal colors, recycled, lush terrain, infinite energy, and eco-scientist. 

aether trend forecast mood

Colors for Aether are lush and energetic with organic beauty. 

aether men's trend forecast colors

Materials are recycled fleece, metallic mesh, tech flannel, smart down, and waterproof knits. Flex fit and stretch are both key. 

aether men's fashion forecast materials

aether men's fashion forecast patterns
Design details are lacing overlays, tech pockets, logo panels, cozy collars with patterns, and adventure patches. 

aether men's fashion forecast design details

Must-have items are: the trail coat, lodge sweater, tech suit, lab flannel shirt, clean cargo pants, the quest knit, blanket scarf, nylon belt, runners, rucksack, and sport watch.

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3. Sohei Order
Sohei Order is about the zen of tailored clothing, imperfect perfection, underground retail, Asian cultures, traditional uniforms, and asymmetric silhouettes. There is a focus on Japan, as well as on convertible styling.


Sōheis were warrior monks in feudal and Medieval Japan. Today, they represent the man who is always on the move and full of silent energy - a dark superhero on the search of self-enlightenment. This guy finds sanctuary and spirit through perfected design.

Key words for this story are: simple complexity, dark zen, silent energy, warrior monk, Tokyo nights, and bringer of light. 

sohei order fashion trend forecast mood

Colors for this trend story echo the dramatic shadows and neon brights of Tokyo. They are subtle but impactful. "Catalyst" is a notable blackish green color.

sohei order trend forecast colors

Materials move with you and include: bubble nylon, flexible leather, noisy weaves, flocked flannel, and heavyweight jersey.

sohei order fashion forecast materials

sohei order trend forecast patterns

Design details are: kimono utility, diagonal pockets, leather braiding, convertible cuffs, and warrior patches.

sohei order trend forecast designd etails
Must-have items are: warrior pants, the dojo sweatshirt, flex suits, the dark zen sweater, ringed belts, leather bracelets, sneaker boots, and the body pack.

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4. Assemblage
Assemblage is a light-hearted theme that highlights the "Gucci effect" with crafted surfaces, a focus on fabrics, and protest through art. It includes experimental knits, conversational details, super furry outerwear, dip dye + bleaching, pieced construction, and ultra-relaxed silhouettes. There's an undercurrent of grunge, positive protest, and crafty streetwear. 

Key words for Assemblage include: lost traditions, new disruptors, open source design, awake(n), creative rebel, and you-nique. 

assemblage fashion trend forecast mood

The color palette is sweet, with lots of pink and neutrals. 

assemblage fashion forecast colors

Materials are crocheted knits, hairy woolens, bleached-out jersey, recycled scraps, tweed growths, and braided cable knit. 

assemblage trend forecast materials

assemblage trend forecast patterns

Design details include: happy blooms appliqué, crochet pockets, needlepoint patches, sweater sleeves, yarn fringe, and the cozy collar. 

assemblage fashion forecast design details
Must-haves are: the thrift coat, street dandy suit, craft sweater, scarf shirt, reclaimed sweatshirt, textured belts, the short scarf, vintage runners, the beanie, and shirt pins.

Browse examples of Assemblage:


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Follow along on social media @thekeytochic for more trend reports, retail updates, and fashion inspiration. 


See these other fashion forecasts on my blogs:

Five Women's footwear trends for 2018

Men's spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast

Women's spring summer 2018 fashion trend forecast

Women's fall 2018/winter 2019 fashion trend forecast (macro trends)

Women's fall 2018/winter 2019 trend forecast (four key themes)

Women's spring summer 2019 fashion trend forecast

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