Spring/summer 2015 is bringing us back to basics. The aim is to look confident, effortless and clean. One of the biggest S/S15 trends is the most effortless yet striking one of all: all-white. The block of white is the key element, whether delivered via separates or one impactful blanket. Mara Hoffman, Balenciaga, Kenzo, Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavalli and more all explored this form of power dressing. Similarly, all-black is major. Versace and Rodarte are just two of the houses that stole the show with this look. Unsurprisingly, where white and black rule monochrome follows. Dolce and Gabbana sent checkerboard hues parading down the runways, as did Givenchy and Balmain among others.

white Kenzo
Kenzo
monochrome Balenciaga
Balenciaga

 

The 1970s reinvention is going stellar this season. Its spirit of freedom is explored through flowy fabrics and Pochahantas vibes, such as those at Etro and Gucci and in Roberto Cavalli’s breezy dresses. Other trends this season have drawn inspiration from the natural world. Aquamarine is a new ‘it’ colour and blues were very prominent on the runways, especially in the form of the new blue-and-white combo as at Rebecca Minkoff. The most basic of colours were unearthed as essentials this season. Airy, natural hues and soft outdoor shades of pales are in. Pastels, desert colours and terracotta are important, as are yellow, deep red and fiery orange (see Versace). Pink is big too, as at Ralph Lauren. Prints get wild and multicoloured as at Elie Saab and Jeremy Scott. Flowers burst and tribal prints roar. Marine-inspired nautical stripes and summery gingham are prominent too.

Roksanda
Roksanda Ilincic
Roberto Cavalli
Roberto Cavalli
Etro 70s
Etro

Silhouettes range from feminine to masculine. The style for jeans is boyfriend: cropped, baggy and slouchy as at Ashish. One-shouldered tops and dresses are making waves, as are preppy-sporty polo shirts. The martial-arts-style obi belt is the belt of the moment (see Maz Azria). T-shirt dresses are in and skirts worn over trousers or dresses are brought back from the 90s.

 

Emer Slattery

Emily O'Brien