Trend Alert: Frills and Ruffles for Fall

Runway fashion is often a great predictor of what we’ll see come into style four to six months down the line. Designers launched their collections for autumn and winter 2017 during January and February, leaving us fashion enthusiasts plenty of time to predict which trends will be the biggest in fall fashion. Among lampshading, metallic footwear, and oversized sweaters, frills and ruffles donned more designs than I’ve ever seen before. Does that mean we’ll see more girlie details on street style starlets next season? Only time will tell.

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At New York Fashion Week, Zimmermann dropped this collection of super girlie and frilly statement pieces. Not only are these details super-feminine, but they’re chock full of texture and often layered – perfect for fall.

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This collection is great because it borrows on some of the biggest trends in street style without straying from the brand. Vintage vibes were big during fashion month; even if they weren’t completely decade-inspired, most of the collections I saw during fashion month were righteously retro. In addition, millennial pink was big for Spring 2017; this trend shows no signs of slowing down.

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Even the all-black-everything looks are girlie and frilly. I wouldn’t exactly consider myself a girlie girl, but I’d gladly swap my entire fall wardrobe for this collection.

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Sea are known for delivering vintage vibes as well as super girlie and frilly dresses, but this season, they took a risk by unveiling a pantsuit or two. If this doesn’t prove the pantsuit trend is real, I don’t know what does. Although it might seem like we’re further away from our first female president than ever, a certain candidate’s signature style has become inaugural to the fashion industry.

The pantsuit is not such a good thing for feminism or for women in general. You might have heard the feminist theory that pants equate power to masculinity, but the real issue here is more complicated. In my opinion, heteronormative women in globalized nations actually have a huge advantage when it comes to aesthetics and dress. Society is generally much more forgiving to girls and women for experimenting with their personal styles. For men, however, it’s a major societal taboo to wear anything other than pants or shorts – and God forbid they wear makeup. It’s great that women can wear pants without fear of social ridicule, but it’s even greater that we can express ourselves with dress. This freedom should not be taken for granted because not every woman in every part of the world experiences it; especially women in parts of the world that are excluded from globalization, and non-cisgendered women.

Johanna Oritz debuted an expressive collection of dresses and denim several weeks later at Paris Fashion Week. This collection also caught my eye because of the decadent frills and ruffles adorning nearly every garment.

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This might feel like a resort collection, and that’s because it kind of is. Although it’s technically FW17, the designer herself indicated resort as a huge inspiration for her this season.

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This glamorous collection reconciles eveningwear and avante garde into a vacation wardrobe to die for.

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This collection has everything a socialite might ever need, until next season. Although it’s inspired by street style, it’s not for the 5th avenue brat-pack. It’s for a slightly older crowd.

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According to Oritz, she was also inspired by the aesthetics of South American romance.

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Rodarte also debuted a collection of avante garde statement pieces at Paris Fashion Week. Although this instantly reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, the actual inspiration behind this is Charlotte’s Web. In Charlotte’s Web, a friendship blossoms between a pig and a spider on a farm in the 1950s. They eventually discover that the farmers intend to slaughter the pig, and the spider saves his life by weaving messages into her web. Although she dies at the end of the novel, she leaves behind a litter (?) of baby spiders, which the pig continues to care for.

That explains the black lace and the millennial pink. However, what really caught my attention about this collection are the ruffles. Most of the collections I’ve mentioned so far are girlie and glam, but there’s something a a little punky about this. With a way to wear them for everybody, I can seriously envision more frilly ruffles in the mall this autumn than ever before.

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Maggie Marilyn also dropped some ravishing ruffles in her collection for FW17. Underneath the frills, firm shoulders, stripes, and solids structure these designs.

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The designs are avante garde, but the vibe I’m getting from this lookbook is laid back. According to Marilyn herself, this collection is inspired by Jane Austen. Austen is known for creating laid back, but also ambitious female characters. There are many ways to express femininity, but the Maggie Marilyn way is to dress chic, chill out, and focus on your own grind.

During the first Fashion Month of 2017, I noticed more frills and ruffles appearing on designs than I’ve ever seen. As they often do, perhaps these styles will trickle down from the catwalk in Paris to the mall in your city. For now, a girl can hope.

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