The 14 Biggest Trends From Fashion Month

From the '70s to the work of Wes Anderson, we round up the biggest trends across the New York, London, Milan and Paris shows.
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From the '70s to the work of Wes Anderson, we round up the biggest trends across the New York, London, Milan and Paris shows.
From left to right: Gucci, Burberry, Rochas, Balenciaga and Marni. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Gucci, Burberry, Rochas, Balenciaga and Marni. Photos: Imaxtree

When discussing the trends of the fall 2015 season, one only needs to refer to two things: there was the '70s, and then there was the cold.

We might as well just end it right there — because that is, really, all you need to know. Basically every big trend revolved around these two categories. We understand the focus on warmth — we saw some record-breaking winter temperatures this year, so why not start protecting against the freeze in the chicest manner possible? Designers seemed to all wonder the same thing: what's the best way to keep my customer both warm and fabulous?

Meanwhile, the '70s as a trend certainly isn't a novel idea, though it was a surprise to see that every city embraced it with the same enthusiasm. London was an exciting mix of everything from the '60s through to the '90s, but the Me Decade was the overwhelming winner of the season.

So, how did things shake out for fall 2015? Scroll through to find out.

'70s Colors

The colors of the season, as we noticed earlier last month, revolved around earthy and natural shades which were popular in the '70s, including burnt oranges, olive greens and browns.

Burnt Orange

From left to right: Celine, Naeem Khan, Tracy Reese, Fendi and Opening Ceremony. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Celine, Naeem Khan, Tracy Reese, Fendi and Opening Ceremony. Photos: Imaxtree

Olive/Army Greens

From left to right: Jenny Packham, Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, Jasper Conran and Prada. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Jenny Packham, Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, Jasper Conran and Prada. Photos: Imaxtree

Brown

From left to right: Vivienne Westwood, Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Rochas and Anthony Vaccarello. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Vivienne Westwood, Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Rochas and Anthony Vaccarello. Photos: Imaxtree

Fringe

From left to right: Ralph Lauren, Sacai, Burberry Prorsum, Andrew Gn and Nina Ricci. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Ralph Lauren, Sacai, Burberry Prorsum, Andrew Gn and Nina Ricci. Photos: Imaxtree

This was a big one. Approximately 100 designers used fringe in some way this season, and that was just on our last count. Not that this is anything new: fringe has been trending for the past few seasons.

Boho

From left to right: Tory Burch, Giamba, BCBG Max Azria, Alberta Ferretti and Roberto Cavalli. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Tory Burch, Giamba, BCBG Max Azria, Alberta Ferretti and Roberto Cavalli. Photos: Imaxtree

The bohemian lifestyle was tapped again and again, a trend that made for some of the season's most fun, colorful looks.

White Polo Neck

From left to right: Marni, Oscar de la Renta, Eudon Choi, Cedric Charlier and Rachel Zoe. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Marni, Oscar de la Renta, Eudon Choi, Cedric Charlier and Rachel Zoe. Photos: Imaxtree

A chic white polo neck was a popular styling choice and is set to become a staple for the fall 2015 wardrobe. It really does go with everything.

Athleisure

From left to right: Preen, Paco Rabanne, Alexis Mabille, Tommy Hilfiger and Rag & Bone. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Preen, Paco Rabanne, Alexis Mabille, Tommy Hilfiger and Rag & Bone. Photos: Imaxtree

Athletic clothing doesn't have to be so casual that it can't make the transition to something a little more suitable for outside the gym, and that's where "athleisure" comes in.

Culottes

From left to right: Emilia Wickstead, Emporio Armani, Lie Sang Bong, Valentino and Paul Smith. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Emilia Wickstead, Emporio Armani, Lie Sang Bong, Valentino and Paul Smith. Photos: Imaxtree

Wide-legged cropped pants? This one's a no brainer — and definitely very '70s.

Wes Anderson

From left to right: Emilia Wickstead, Gucci, Bally, Lacoste and See by Chloe. Photos: Imaxtree, Bally and See by Chloe

From left to right: Emilia Wickstead, Gucci, Bally, Lacoste and See by Chloe. Photos: Imaxtree, Bally and See by Chloe

Wes Anderson was name checked several times as a point of inspiration. Seeing how hot "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was this past Awards Season, we're not too surprised.

Victorian Detail

From left to right: Giles, Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, Giambattista Valli, Alexander McQueen and Zimmernan. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Giles, Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini, Giambattista Valli, Alexander McQueen and Zimmernan. Photos: Imaxtree

Victorian-inspired, high-neck blouses were especially popular, arguably influenced by the Met's "Death Becomes Her," an exhibit referenced by various designers.

Pussy Bows

From left to right: Emilio Pucci, Orla Kiely, A Detacher, Chanel and Bottega Veneta. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Emilio Pucci, Orla Kiely, A Detacher, Chanel and Bottega Veneta. Photos: Imaxtree

A classic workplace favorite, this unfortunately-named trend can actually work just about anywhere.

Fur Collars

From left to right: Matthew Williamson, Jason Wu, Altuzarra, Rodarte and Dries van Noten. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Matthew Williamson, Jason Wu, Altuzarra, Rodarte and Dries van Noten. Photos: Imaxtree

Everyone was on their fur game this season, real or faux. One of the most popular fur trends was an adornment around the neck as a collar. Warm, indeed.

Dusters

From left to right: Maison Margiela, Undercover, Balmain, John Galliano and Marni. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Maison Margiela, Undercover, Balmain, John Galliano and Marni. Photos: Imaxtree

Another trend focused on warmth, coats often hit floor lengths this season, coming in just about every shape, color and fabric.

Capes

From left to right: Celine, Chalayan, Christopher Raeburn, Dolce & Gabbana and Esteban Cortazar. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Celine, Chalayan, Christopher Raeburn, Dolce & Gabbana and Esteban Cortazar. Photos: Imaxtree

You'll certainly have your choice of how to drape yourself next fall because it seemed like everyone put their own version of a cape on the runway.

Ribbed Knits

From left to right: Diesel Black Gold, Fay, Charlotte Ronson, Baja East and 1205. Photos: Imaxtree

From left to right: Diesel Black Gold, Fay, Charlotte Ronson, Baja East and 1205. Photos: Imaxtree

Often layered, loose-fitting ribbed knits gave looks a comfortable and slouchy feeling.

Windowpane Check

From left to right: Sacai, Chanel, Duro Olowu, Balenciaga and Devastee. Photos: Imaxtree and Duro Olowu

From left to right: Sacai, Chanel, Duro Olowu, Balenciaga and Devastee. Photos: Imaxtree and Duro Olowu

A couture classic, the smart black and white windowpane gave each look a ladylike spin.