The Top 15 Trends From the Spring 2015 Runways

Say goodbye to minimalism. This spring, color and embellishment will rule.
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Say goodbye to minimalism. This spring, color and embellishment will rule.
Gucci spring 2014 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

Gucci spring 2014 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

In contrast to the minimalist tendencies we’ve seen over the last few seasons, fashion seems to be moving in a more fun, vibrant direction for spring 2015. Designers looked to the rainbow hues and vibrant attitude of rave culture in their collections, as well as the athleticwear explosion that’s captured the imagination of the industry recently. While there was plenty of maximalist embellishment in the form of ruffles, tulle, candy-colored fur and intricate embroidery — specifically, the sweet and ultra-feminine broderie anglaise — more casual options were in abundance as well, in the form of updated denim silhouettes, casual culottes and long shorts, and simple flat shoes, which were surprisingly ubiquitous. 

Read on to see our 15 favorite trends from spring 2015 Fashion Month, and the pieces that will define what we’ll be wearing next season.

Rainbow Brights and Ravewear

Club kids will reign supreme come spring. It seems that the days of minimalist color palettes and textures, and the likes of Jeremy Scott, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Fyodor Golan and Markus Lupfer presented rainbow-bright pieces in shiny materials that are more than appropriate for an underground rave or electronic music festival.

That '70s Show

From the hippy-dippy, Woodstock-ready dresses at Dries van Noten, Etro and Pucci, to the ‘70s color palettes and retro silhouettes at Derek Lam, Gucci and Prada, fashion is looking to the past for spring.

Athleticwear

The activewear trend is alive and kicking, and not only when it comes to sales. Many designers presented their takes on performance-inspired fashion for spring, including Alexander Wang with his mesh inserts and Nike Air Jordan-inspired clutches, well as Versace, whose collection was equal parts sporty and sexy.

Transparency

Bad news for you shy folks out there: sheer is very in for spring. Designers like Burberry, Valentino, Christopher Kane and Sonia Rykiel showed lovely pieces that were completely see-through, so it’s time to get used to the idea of showing a bit more skin next season.

Kimono-Style Belts

Obi-style wrap belts were everywhere we turned this season, both cinching looks at the waist and hanging loosely at the hip. These minimalist accessories added a figure-flattering touch on the runways at Edun, Dior, Céline and Rochas.

Up-to-There Slits

So long, crop tops — spring is going to be all about baring your thighs, not your tummies. Brands like Tanya Taylor, Cushnie et Ochs, Lanvin and Nina Ricci showed skirts and dresses with sky-high slits that revealed plenty of leg. We’re betting this sexy style will take over the red carpet just in time for awards season.

Gingham and Checks

The classic spring motif will have a high-fashion resurgence come spring, since top designers like Altuzarra, Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta showed plenty of the checked pattern on their runways. If you’re worried about it looking too girlish or sweet, don’t be: it came in the form of body-hugging skirts, crop tops and leg-baring dresses this time around.

Embellishment

Maximalists will have their day once again come spring, as designers took their embellishments to new heights this season. From perspex to rope to sequins to feathers and beyond, designers like Erdem, Christopher Kane, Emilio Pucci and Saint Laurent piled on the texture when it came to their runway looks.

Ruffles

This flouncy, ultra-feminine style popped up on the runways with surprising frequency this season. If Miu Miu, Stella McCartney, Sally LaPointe and Moschino have anything to say about it, we will all channel our innermost girlie-girl and invest in ruffled dresses, skirts and tops come spring.

Gladiator Sandals

The flat footwear trend is still going strong, and while Birkenstocks are likely here to stay for a while longer, here’s a new style to add to your spring shoe arsenal: the flat lace-up sandal. The gladiator-inspired look appeared at Valentino, Band of Outsiders, Rodarte (with a heel) and Erdem, with some iterations having laces that reach up to the knee.

Updated Denim

Denim had a resurgence on the spring runways, and were interested to see how many new shapes it appeared in. From the full-length skirts and dresses at Chloé and Stella McCartney to the roomy pants and shirt dresses at Adam Selman and Gucci, we have a feeling you’re going to want to retire your simple skinny jeans next season.

Flared Trousers

Your legs will have plenty of room to breathe this spring, as the relaxed, wide-legged silhouette took over the runways this season — specifically, the retro flared pant. Designers like Tom Ford, Cynthia Rowley and Louis Vuitton all presented trousers that flare out at the bottom, giving a '70s appeal to even the most modern collections.

Knee-Length Shorts

From the skateboard-inspired to the sophisticated and office-ready, long shorts were a popular silhouette for spring. With hemlines that fall at the knee, the shorts from J.Crew, Phillip Lim and Jonathan Simkhai will keep you a bit more covered up — while still preserving an element of urban cool — next season.

Broderie Anglaise

This intricate embroidery on angelic, white (or in Sophie Theallet's case, black) pieces is one of our favorite spring looks, and fortunately, it was all over the runways this season. The romantic, ladylike style appeared on dresses, pants and skirts at the likes of Chloé, Kenzo, Valentino and Erdem.

Spring Fur

Don’t store your fur when this winter comes to an end. We were surprised to see how many designers used the warm, fluffy stuff in their spring collections. To keep it seasonally appropriate, many labels — including Coach, Giamba and Moschino — presented it in candy-colored pastels.