Fall collections are currently debuting on New York Fashion Week runways. But spring's clothes are trickling into stores right now, and the Cut has fully digested all the trends from last September. Among them: a free-loving '70s hippie spirit that registered widely. Relaxed, air-dried hair and barely there makeup was the winning beauty look, and sales floors will undoubtedly sell merch that channels Joni Mitchell: Think supple suedes, carefree muumuus, and swirling florals. Scroll ahead to see spring's biggest trends, including these boho vibes, plus Matisse-inspired clothing, designer denim, military styles, and platforms and gladiators to help ease your way through the season.
Paris, Milan, Woodstock …
Festival style has officially taken over.
Maybe it’s because of Glastonbury and Coachella, maybe it’s because Blue is just a really great thing to listen to, but this season, Joni Mitchell and her lady-of-the-canyon compatriots were top muse. Hilfiger show notes read, “Updates for the modern festival muse,” and Jimi Hendrix was on the soundtrack. Dries Van Noten models staged a (sort of) love-in on a fake-grass runway—his makeup artist said, “It’s all about a modern girl who loves going to festivals like Burning Man.”
Bold and blooming prints.
Loose and flowing.
All the hippie clothes got hippie hair to match: loose, flowing, gently waved. Models were told to sleep on wet hair and to avoid combs.
It’s a Muumuu Moment
It’s a sunglass season.
As Jack Nicholson said of his iconic sunglasses: “With them, I’m Jack Nicholson; without them I’m fat and 60.” It’s a good season for picking a transformative pair; stick with it and go for the Nicholson effect.
Matisse As Inspiration
From the museum to the runway.
Matisse! In the museums, on the runways … but let our art critic, Jerry Saltz, explain: “No one who ever lived got voluptuous blocks of phosphorescent color like Matisse. Luxuriant fever-dream geometric shapes, biomorphic curves, sinewy spirals, and amorphous flotillas on some imaginary Nile thrill in skirts and dresses, all echoing the dreamscapes of Matisse. Golden hats as crowns, abstract adornments, undulating blue nudes, sashaying dancers, ultramarine paisley shapes, flesh-colored hearts all rupture like fire-birds come alive on clothes that thrill the eye, beguile, and bathe us once again in Matisse’s sea of love.”
The Bare Face
Helps to be a model.
In order to achieve the season’s “nude face” on the Gucci runway, makeup artist Pat McGrath used seven products (not counting the moisturizer or lip balm): foundation, concealer, mascara, translucent powder, and three eye shadows.
Like Dorothy, but glamorous.
To continue with the picnic theme.
Flowing, white, Grecian.
Guido Palau, the man responsible for these three updos, says that wearing your hair up “signifies confidence,” as long as it’s not too perfect. He uses a product called Redken Wind Blown and recommends drugstore barrettes.
Ancient Rome redux.
Defining the waistline.
Until the mid-19th century, army dressing was bright and bold. The now-ubiquitous khaki first showed up on the English army in India, intended to make the soldiers “invisible in a land of dust.” The American army adopted olive drab—what we now call army green—around WWII, and Suzy Menkes thought it “unsettling” to see military gear on the runway in 1996. (Though by that point, the color had as much to do with the counterculture as with the military.) As for navy blue? It’s basically the uniform of the United States.
A Rainbow of Leather
The trend that will not die.
1980s iconic styles.
A.k.a. the Canadian tuxedo.
The supposedly all-American thing actually has Euro roots. It’s named for the Provençal city of Nîmes (de Nîmes, get it?), and the word jeans is an adaptation of Genoa, the Italian city where they were first produced. Right now, denim is everywhere, and it’s fully acceptable to wear it top to toe.
*This article appears in the February 9, 2015 issue of New York Magazine.
Most Viewed Stories
Donald Trump Jr. Sent Some Suggestive Twitter Messages to a Model While Married
The Woman Sexting Her Married Co-worker
What a Group of Black Moms Taught Me About My Daughter’s Hair
Exclusive: Time’s Up Pens Powerful Open Letter to Cuomo
I Think About This a Lot: This Grainy Photo of Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx
Nun in Legal Battle With Katy Perry Over L.A. Property Dies in Court
The Nanny Murder Trial Is Impossible to Watch and Impossible to Look Away From
How to Raise a Boy
Donald Trump Jr.’s Wife Has Chosen An Interesting Divorce Lawyer
Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of March 19
The Cut’s Latest Fashion FeaturesCiara's Wedding Dress Was Too Big for the Chapel
To be fair, it was a 13 foot-long dress.You and Rihanna Will Both Want to Invest in Dior’s New Bag
It's got something for everyone.Polo Shirts Have Turned Their Back on Ryan Lochte
Along with his other major sponsors.Ryan Lochte Will No Longer Be Paid to Wear Tiny Bathing Suits
Speedo remains committed to transparency.Laura Brown Is the New Editor-in-Chief of InStyle
After 11 years at Harper’s Bazaar.Tyra Banks Is Going to Teach a Class on Smizing at Stanford
"If I see somebody not paying attention, I’m gonna call on them."This Floating Pier Is the Most Zen Installation Ever
Walking on water in Italy.Nation Is Appalled by Matt Lauer’s Nude Ankles During Ryan Lochte Interview
What’s the opposite of “Jeah”?8 People at the Life of Pablo Pop-up Explain Why Kanye West Is a God
"I mean, Kanye West is just Kanye West. There's not more or less you can say about Kanye West. He's just Mr. West!"A T-shirt Is Enough
Simplicity, versatility, and cool. What more could you want?
She took a perfect pencil dive off a 30-foot yacht.American Apparel Is Being Sued by Former Workers
As the company considers putting itself up for sale.A Gendered History of the Tailored Suit
From Marlon Brando to Coco Chanel.How Zendaya Developed Such Great Style at the Young Age of 19
The star's best looks from Disney to now.Proof That If You’re Chic Enough, a Little Federal Investigation Doesn’t Matter
Is this the best they could do?5,300-Year-Old Mummified Iceman Probably Would’ve Been a Street-Style Star
He had several different looks and was “pretty picky.”J.Crew Has Identified 226 Shades of Pink
Even more than there are shades of gray.Gigi and Bella Hadid Merch Is Now Somehow a Thing That Is Happening
Today in Hadidiana.Gird Your Loins for the Return of Yeezy to New York Fashion Week
The season approaches.This Indie Brand Had a Great Response to Ivanka Trump
When she bought one of their cuffs, they donated the proceeds to the Clinton campaign.