Starting Thursday, the who's who of the fashion world will descend upon Manhattan for eight days of runway shows and presentations at New York Fashion Week.
From celebrity sightings to cutting-edge street style, there's a spectacle to be spotted at nearly every turn. But the true stars of the week are the trends for next spring that designers will be previewing on the runway.
Trend forecasters at WGSN, a trend analysis and research company, have already predicted what colors, patterns and silhouettes could be popular. The company analyzes pop culture, art, technology, street style, current commerce and events, consumer behavior, the music scene and fabrics from mills to predict 1 1/2 to 2-years in advance the types of looks people could see at Fashion Week and, eventually, in stores.
For women, expect polished pretty trends with streamlined silhouettes and pops of color, '70s-inspired boyish sporty looks and the "cross pollination" of these themes, said Sheila Aimette, vice president of North American content. Blue also will be back in a big way, from icy tones to classic navy. Plus, keep an eye out for garden-inspired pinks and pastel ice cream-colored hues, Ms. Aimette said.
In regards to patterns, "there's really going to be an explosion of floral," she said, from digitally generated blooms to more traditional botanicals.
Sticking around for women will be the sporty-meets-luxe theme, such as when a pared-down top is combined with a dressed-up bottom like a pleated skirt. Something fresh could be the revival of denim used as a fabric beyond just in jeans, Ms. Aimette said.
Men also should expect to see a lot of florals, from country garden-style to tropical leaves and flowers, said Matt Feniger, a menswear editor for WGSN. Blue tones, "Popsicle brights," grays, berry reds and grapes could be among next season's key colors.
Something a bit different, recently spotted on the European runways, is an emphasis on 1950s Americana with a blue collar twist, Mr. Feniger said. Returning for spring likely will be bomber jackets and the sporty active trend, seen in pieces such as pull-on shorts and jogging pants.
Stylebook at New York Fashion Week
Starting Thursday, visit the Post-Gazette's fashion blog Stylebook at post-gazette.com/stylebook for photos, videos, trend reports, backstage stories and more from New York Fashion Week. Plus, follow PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht on Twitter @SaraB_PG for tweets from the runway.
Sara Bauknecht: email@example.com or on Twitter @SaraB_PG. First Published September 1, 2013 4:00 AM