Fall trend report

Published 08, Sep, 2017
Author // Philip Minaker - Style

PositiveLite.com style advisor Philip Minaker: "The major trend of this season is indeed the seventies and all they had to offfer."

Fall trend report

Fashion designers draw inspiration for their collections from a variety of subject matter:

- A trip abroad or for the love of their homeland.

- A work of art, a movie or a story that moves them.

- A vision of the future or of a bygone era.

- Or perhaps…what’s currently going on in the world.

Whether it’s a fantasy or interpretation of reality, making fashion relevant and appealing is a tough task. The challenge, season after season, is to make fashion reflect the times in which we live.

It’s no wonder many have tapped into the 70’s for inspiration. Despite U.S.A.’s President Trump’s futile efforts (so far) to build an actual wall he has managed to begin creating a number of invisible ones. There is a growing disenchantment between fellow Americans that could lead to a large-scale civil uprising due to his right wing and racist leanings. He has also tainted the American image on the world stage. This is just the worst episode of “The Apprentice” one could imagine! And the nastiest twist about this is that we could all potentially experience the global repercussions if it truly manifests any further.

The 70’s were not only a time of uprising and protests but of creativity. It was the birth of many movements that fashion was a major part of. Punk, Glam Rock, Grunge and even the Bohemian/Hippy era burst onto the scene. Sporty Chic, Folk/Ethnic, Military and even the Disco era also emerged as not just looks but lifestyle alternatives that came with their own dress codes and whimsy.

Today’s designers have capitalized on these vibes and reinterpreted them into wearable looks that aptly sum up an appreciation for our differences rather than creating a greater divide amongst us. Message pieces this season may not be as fun and frivolous as prior offerings but they do send a clear message that we lead diverse lifestyles that go hand in hand with our global connectivity.

Sophisticated looks have a looser and less rigid bent. Double Breasted Blazers and fuller cut trousers signify a major change from form fitting looks that have been the norm for a number of seasons. There is no “uniform” look for dressy or casual looks. Pattern play is still present but more subdued as cuts and silhouettes take center stage rather than colors and fabrications. Look for quilted pieces to integrate into your wardrobe. From shirts, sweaters, outerwear or even accessories quilted pieces maybe just the key to update your look for this Fall and Winter.

However, Cherry Red does stand out as a new color to add to your wardrobe. Orange is still prevalent. Darker shades add a somber touch and patchwork squares are popular in waist length bomber and varsity/club jackets. Despite the barrage of color blocking the shades are subtle.

Corduroy is back big time and is known to be the least sexy fabric out there. Team loose pieces with more fitted items to keep proportions in check and to conjure up a little allure. Fitted turtleneck sweaters with loose fuller legged trousers will have to do. Sheer fabrics, courtesy of Glam Rock or Bohemian influences can also be a sexy but understated alternative.

Disco brings the glitz and glamour of sequins and silk for those nights on the town or for special occasions you want to strut your stuff at. Winter white is also part of this look

Message pieces, yes, actual wording on items is back big time, from t-shirts to outerwear. “Make Love not War” to “Don’t Discriminate” to “Recycle” prepare your self to take a stand. There is a plethora of messages designers have embraced, naturally including their own label in the mix.

Military looks have been infused with off beat colors, like pink, included into camouflage prints in an effort to show that arms just might be for hugging.

The major trend this season is indeed the 70’s and all they had to offer. It’s certainly updated and made current but definitely a nod to a time when we made a difference by making our presence known. So go ahead and make that change!

About the Author

Philip Minaker - Style

Philip Minaker - Style

Philip Minaker has been a regular contributor to PositiveLite.com since its inception in 2009.  Many of his pieces on fashion, style and pop culture for PositiveLite.com have also been reposted on numerous sites around the world. 

Being diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1983 (when it was literally a death sentence) he initially chose to keep it to himself and continued to forge an extensive career in the fashion industry. It was not until the death of his grandmother (the love of his life), also in 2009, that he became comfortable with the idea of coming out regarding his HIV status. “For me, it was yet another ordeal I had to learn to live with while I continued to hope for better days ahead. Like other unpredictable and disturbing events that had occurred in my life, I have done my best to not let it fully define or consume me. I have however, recognized it as a part of who I am and made the necessary concessions over the years in my efforts to live a fulfilling, productive and happy life.” Philip has now been “undetectable” for nearly ten years. 

He officially moved from Winnipeg to Toronto in 1990 and continues to make a life for himself, which is an ongoing work in progress. Recently, Philip chose to combine his professional and personal passions into the pet industry by forging a unique ambience and perspective in managing and buying for an independently owned full service pet shop, naturally, right in the heart of downtown Toronto. He is having the time of his life!