Written by The Strategy
Yes spring has only just sprung, but the fall/winter shows are still fresh in our minds. Before we move on to florals and lighter fabrics, give us a minute to preemptively get excited for fall fashion and all that 2023 will have to offer. After all, we only have now have begun to digest and take in all that we spotted on the runways.
After the last few seasons of Instagram ready accessories and designer logos splashed everywhere, this seasons shows had a breath of fresh air to them. There were fashion debuts (like Daniel Lee at Burberry) and fashion rebirths – namely the Tory Burch show that had all the fashion girlies talking. But, when we talk about the breath of fresh air we felt with these shows, we are talking about the trends presented. It seems after countless seasons, designers are once again designing clothes that are meant to actually be worn; clothes that women actually want to wear.
So, before we move on to Spring fashion, let’s talk about the fall/winter 2023 trends we’re already excited for:
As we mentioned earlier, we are so relieved to see a return to real clothes – clothes that don’t just live for an Instagram moment. Bottega Veneta showed it off best with a last look of a simple white tank top, paired with baggy jeans, a loosely tied sweater around the waist and a quality leather handbag tucked under the models arm. Proenza Schouler sent black and camel oversized blazers down their runways with leather waist ties, and Brandon Maxwell showed wearable elegance with dresses in streamlined silhouettes and unfussy fabrics.
Piggy-backing off of the trend of wearability is that of stealth wealth. We’re talking classic garments made with high quality fabrics and expert tailoring meant to last you season after season. These items don’t have spashly logos all over them, but one look at the quality and cut, and you are sure to know these items are not fast fashion and definitely cost a pretty penny. Of course, experts in the game were Loro Piana, Bruno Cucinelli and Khaite. Loro Piana showcased luxurious coats paired with rib knit wool leggings and tailored trousers, while Bruno Cucinelli’s show featured quality knitwear paired with timeless leather and shearling aviator jackets in neutral tones. Fashion industry favourite, Khaite had a collection that played with classic pieces as well as more some avant guard items, but our favourite piece from the collection was a floor length peacoat, paired with a structured duffle and leather boots.
In an unsurprising twist for fall/winter, leather was prominently used in so many collection. Coach showcased an array of leather garments, from maxi and mini skirts to trench coats and Moto jackets. 16 Arlington had a supple looking leather tank dress that we have deemed we absolutely must have for the season, and Altuzarra had a few full leather looks – leather blazers, paired with leather trousers, leather tied tops, and the finishing touch of leather gloves.
The colour red dominated the Fall/Winter 2023 runways with almost every designer sending the colour down in the runway in some form or another. Many collections contained full on red ensembles, like The Row, who paired a vibrant red coat with matching red leather gloves. Stella McCartney’s collection also had a beautiful, oversized red coat paired with black boots, and Loewe’s collection featured on satin red dress that needed a moment for our eyes to adjust.
Speaking of Satin, many fall collections encompassed some sort of satin element – a fabric you don’t always think of when taking off colder climates. Fiend’s show had a satin blazer paired with a pleated satin midi skirt, Saint Laurent had a super sultry satin look of a low-cut satin tank to that simply draped on the models body, styled with a satin midi skirt, and Valentino had one of our favourite looks of the season: A satin floor-grazing dress that looked like an oversized button-down with a structured collar and tie, and oversized cuffs. The dress had a thigh-high front slit and was accessorized with chunky boots and a few facial piercings.
We love a hoodie in crisper temps, and are thrilled that runways all over the world are embracing the coziness of a hood. First off, everyone (okay, every fashion person/outlet we know) has been talking about the hoodies at Miu Miu. They were simple, unfussy, and looks we could easily replicate without completely draining our bank accounts. More elevated takes on the hood were seen at Bally, where the hoodies look a bit structured, and paired with mini skirts and thigh high boots, and at Tod’s, where hooded floor-length windbreakers were styled under peacoats.