The SS23 Trend Report
From trophy blazers and high-octane gowns to pocket-heavy cargo pants and Y2K denim, it’s time to upgrade and update your look for the new season. Get prepped and ready with Browns’ guide to the biggest trends seen on the runways and set to dominate your wardrobe over the coming months.
The suit, everyone’s favourite two-piece, gets a high-fashion spin that’s anything but ordinary for the new season. Jil Sander, Miu Miu and Stella McCartney delivered understated, love-forever silhouettes elevated with look-closer details while Alexander McQueen’s severe, cut-away jacket and ROTATE’s hot pink take were made for drama. Whatever its cut, the blazer is set to be your wardrobe trophy piece but how you style it is everything: pair with a barely-there mini, easy shorts or slouchy trousers that pool on the floor for of-the-moment appeal – or, if you’re feeling daring, style it with nothing but a pair of slingbacks and rock it as a dress.
Not for the faint hearted, SS23’s most daring trend is also its most delicate. Sheer fabrics were in abundance on the catwalks, from lightly ruched and layered dresses at Molly Goddard and Ludovic de Saint Sernin, and perfectly simple slips at Stine Goya to the tops and T-shirts – look to Gimaguas, GANNI and KHAITE – that you’ll want to layer all season long. Whether you’re drawn towards the ultra-feminine, romantic shades, grungy prints or noughties tributes, wear them with the bare minimum underneath – so it’s time to make sure you’ve upgraded your lingerie drawer, too.
Pocket lovers rejoice: the resurgence of the khaki cargo pant shows no sign of slowing this season and designers across the board have taken their utilitarian vibe and run with it. FENDI – whose super-luxe pair are silky and adorned with logo hardware - and ISABEL MARANT balanced all that functionality with the prettily feminine while Dion Lee and ANDREĀDAMO kept the styling super sexy. If you want to smarten yours up then take your cue from Givenchy where the cropped trousers were worn with a boucle jacket and an air of cool sophistication. And if you like your sartorial action more literal then look to Simone Rocha, whose parachute-taped bomber jacket and co-ordinated trousers are a masculine dream in military green.
Is there such a thing as too much denim? Not this season there isn’t. Designers across the board put the perennial staple front and centre, tricking out their models in head-to-toe looks that were unexpectedly sexy. Thanks to the ongoing collective nostalgia for the Y2K, there were denim maxis at GANNI and corsets at Blumarine, while across the board the more acid washed and bleached out the denim the better. If you’re looking for a pair of jeans you’ll want them to be low slung, wide- legged or peppered with details be it studs, buckles or, the ultimate extra courtesy of Alaïa, feathers.
Take It To The Max
This trend radiates quiet luxury, and not just because anyone wearing hemlines this long definitely isn’t planning to take the bus. From Saint Laurent’s camel sheath – styled with an equally long top coat for the ultimate in minimal luxury – to the gothic glamour of 16Arlington’s fluid black slip or the perfect simplicity of Valentino’s nude and buttercup yellow gown, long, lean silhouettes reigned supreme for dresses and skirts alike.
Get ready to channel your inner Hollywood starlet and dial up the glamour in this season’s most high-octane, undeniably sexy pieces. At LaQuan Smith and Nensi Dojaka sequinned dresses ruled while JW Anderson and Alessandra Rich deployed daring cut-outs for maximum impact. Prefer to dress at the more quietly seductive end of the spectrum? Look to ANDREĀDAMO’s ultra-flattering, long-sleeved sequin gown or Nensi Dojakas’ figure-skimming lace-up tailoring to make the entrance you deserve without letting it all hang out.
Words by Emma Sells
Designs by Axel Swan Maldini
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