A guide to fall/winter 2019's best (and most Singapore-accessible) fashion trends: Pussybows, belted jackets, tonal dressing and more
L'air du temps
With fashion month over, it's time to dissect as many collections as possible to discover what we should buy and wear next season. Given the wealth of designers to choose from, and the breadth of stylic differences between them, practically anything can be a trend these days; the Buro. fashion team, however, has singled out the most effortless and locally-relevant for your convenience. We could tell you that giant faux fur chubby coats, fully-feathered dresses and head-to-toe leather ensembles are de rigueur, but in a mostly Singaporean-bound context, that would be akin to calling baby unicorn sweat a trending cocktail ingredient. We're fancy after all, not wildly out-of-touch...
1. CINCHED JACKETS
Blazers were the main outerwear style elevated with waist-defining belts for fall/winter 2019; said belts would preferably be matching, although the right contrasting option could take your look from put-together to edgy. Salvatore Ferragamo was the most creative of the bunch, adding a utility-style drawstring to the midsection of its charcoal pinstripe blazer. Cinched jackets have gender-crossover appeal too, particularly the Dzojchen variety seen on Mahershala Ali and Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski — you know we love us some equal-opportunity fashion.
More than two years after Melania Trump spoiled them for us (thanks a lot, Mel), pussybows are starting to look rather fetching again; Burberry's were casually left unknotted, Fendi's crisp poplin version looked practically sculptural, while Chloé, Valentino and Rejina Pyo favoured off-centre placements. Tying them as the final step of our morning toilette would feel like a fabulously feminine precursor to raising hell for the patriarchy.
3. FRILLED/RUFFLED COLLARS
Two neckline trends in a row? Before you accuse us of laziness, consider this; just as the birth of café society in the late 19th century shifted the bulk of embellishment to the head-and-shoulder region, or just as the increasing sophistication of portraiture from the Renaissance onwards made intricate collars and neckpieces all the rage, so too may selfie culture have made the neck a — if not the — focal point of clothing design. Say cheese!
This season, sweatshirts, midi skirts and even full ballgowns got the quilted treatment; the results were both invitingly squishy-looking and full-bodied. And what of the outerwear? For wintry vacations abroad, we recommend swapping out generic, Michelin Man-esque puffer jackets (no hate here) for Vivetta or Maison Margiela's fashion-forward styles.
5. TONAL DRESSING
No-brainer fashion is a win for everybody. Always.