Fashion Trends

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8 runway trends from NYFW explained

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09:  A model prepares backstage at the Badgley Mischka fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015  at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Brittany Anas We asked style experts to dish on some of the hottest hits from the catwalk that can play muse to your non-model wardrobe.

Cargo comeback

Are cargo shorts making a comeback?


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Blame #normcore, but the most basic of wardrobe staples, that trouser of choice for tourists and suburban dads the world over, has somehow wiggled its way into luxury fashion.

Trend report

Personalise your stuff like fashion people do

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09:  Lauren Dirksmeyer is seen outside the Rodarte show wearing a South Parade shirt on September 9, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Customised fashion has come a long way from the nameplate necklace you wore in the early 2000s.

Ready to wear

Take the stress out of distressed denim

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05:  Marie Claire magazine Fashion Market Editor Brittany Kozerski wears a T by Alexander Wang top, RTA denim jeans, Tibi shoes, and a Poppy Lissiman clutch after Tess Giberson on Day 2 of New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 on September 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Melodie Jeng/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Here's how to do distressed denim like fashion people do.

Trend alert

LOL-core is a fashion trend to look out for

The innovators: Businesswoman and interior designer Iris Apfel, and Editor-at-large and Creative Consultant for Vogue Japan Anna Dello Russo have both become fashion icons due to their penchant for bold, kooky outfits. Basically, they've been nailing Lolcore since ages ago.

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Style yourself like you just returned from a clothing swap with Tavi Gevinson, Lady Gaga and Boy George.

K-pop style

K-pop's growing fashion industry influence

Miss A

KATHLEEN LEE JOE The company behind Fendi baguettes and Givenchy gowns, LVMH, is gearing up to enter the K-pop market.

Trend report

How to wear sheers the right way

MILAN, ITALY - JUNE 22:  Chiara Ferragni is wearing  Calvin Klein dress and a Celine bag on the streets of Milan on June 22, 2014 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)

Kathleen Lee Joe Want to wear sheers without feeling overexposed?

Contentious fashion

Fur isn't going out of fashion anytime soon

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10:  A model walks the runway during the Serkan Cura show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Mairie du 4e on July 10, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Kay-Paris Fernandes/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Whatever your stance, fur is back in a big way.

Unisex fashion

Will gender-neutral clothing ever have mainstream appeal?


KATHLEEN LEE JOE A new league of designers are hoping to change fashion's social constructs.

Closet cleanse

10 things in your wardrobe you really need to throw away

PARIS, FRANCE- MARCH 06: Model Cara Delevigne on day 7 of Paris Womens Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013 on March 06, 2013 in Paris, France.(Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Film Magic)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE You know things are bad when the state of your wardrobe makes you an eligible candidate for Hoarders: Buried Alive.

Trend alert

The face-kini is a summer must-have in China


KATHLEEN LEE JOE When a tan is simply not an option.


What Hollywood gets so wrong about cardigans

Dressing down: Nicole Kidman flirts with a cardigan but favours Dior.

NEDAHL STELIO Quick, what’s the best way to make a beautiful woman look as unattractive as possible? Throw a cardigan on her.

Stars in stripes

How to wear stripes

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06:  Doutzen Kroes attends a dinner in honor of  Halle Berry as she joins Michael Kors and the United Nations World Food Programme to help fight world hunger. The event was held at The Pool Room at the Four Seasons on April 6, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)

Stripes can be both a blessing and a curse: they'll either flatter the hell outta you, or make you look like you're standing in front of one of those warped novelty mirrors.

The cost of looking good

How much should high schoolers really spend on the formal?


KATHLEEN LEE JOE The thing is, real formals are nothing like the movies.

Forever ever

Are friendship tattoos the new couple tattoos?

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED)  Cara Delevingne (L) and Jourdan Dunn attend an after party following the 58th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards in association with Burberry at The Savoy Hotel on November 25, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE We don’t want to be a negative Nancy, we’re just saying: be practical.

Smart casual

How to nail this modern dress code


Lisa Armstrong If even a future queen 'dresses down', it's no longer a niche - so do it right, says Lisa Armstrong.

Mini minimalism

Would you dress your child in minimalist clothing?

aila wang

KATHLEEN LEE JOE What’s cuter than your kid dressed in a frothy tutu and diamante crown? Try this.

Fashion's future

10 exciting fash-tech start-ups you should know about

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 04:  A model uses her iPhone backstage ahead of the Nana Judy show on day five of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2012/13 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on May 4, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE The future of fashion is sure looking good.

Men in tights

Men's tights are a thing coming soon

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 29:  Russel Westbrook attends the Saint Laurent  show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2015 on June 29, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

ANNIE STEVENS It's happening thanks to this fashion loving basketballer.

The scrunchie returns

Is the scrunchie really making a comeback this time?

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04:  Model Ming Xi walks the runway during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

Marisa Meltzer Hillary Clinton probably had it right all along. But of course she did.

Almost edible

These food inspired jewellery finds are entirely delectable

lucy folk

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Food inspired bling that's almost good enough to eat.

Breaking it down

7 trends from Couture Week that real people might eventually wear

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07:  A model walks the runway during the Giambattista Valli show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Couture trends that will trickle down into everyday life.

Culottes are back

Culottes are well and truly back

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Personal shopper and freelance stylist Laetitia Roukbi wears Ralph Lauren top and culottes, Max Mara shoes, Delvaux bag, YSL sunglasses and a Christian Lacroix necklace on day 3 of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, Paris September 26, 2013 in Paris, London. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/FilmMagic)

GEORGINA SAFE And we simply can't get enough of them.

Cut-out trends

Peek-a-boo cut-outs are an important new trend


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Designers are getting creative with their scissors, and we can't get enough.

How to wear midis

How to wear this season's skirt-length

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 26: L'Officiel Thailand fashion director May Buranasiri wears a TB skirt, Prada bag and Valentino shoes before Dries Van Noten Show at the Hotel de Ville on February 26, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images)

ANNIE STEVENS The mid-length skirt can be a tricky one, but well worth the effort.

Try before you buy

This Japanese store is basically letting customers shoplift for a day


Annie Stevens Try, and wear, before you buy. Could it catch on?

Trend report

The new sleeve shape to try

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KATHLEEN LEE JOE Introducing the "popeye".

Wedding trends

Would you rent your bridesmaids' dresses?

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still from Universal 


KATHLEEN LEE JOE From our viewpoint, it seems like a crazily good option.

Fitness fashion

How trackpants became legit high fashion

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 15: Rita Ora sighted at BBC Radio 1 studios on February 15, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/FilmMagic)

JENNA CLARKE The evolution of sportswear from gym only to fancy clothes that you wear all the time.

Shop the look

10 sneakers to give you serious fashion cred

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Cosmopolitan China's journalist Fei Teng wears American Apparel jacket, Zara skirt, Nike sneakers and Stella Mccartney bag before Celine show on March 2, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE 10 ways to appear cooler, and more comfortable, than you really are.

Crazy trends

Ten trends that only make sense to fashion people

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Fashion Consultant Yasmin Sewell wears an Isa Arfen top, Etre Cecile dress and Nicolas Kirkwood boots on day 4 of London Collections: Women on February 17, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE From socks and sandals to ombre, the fashion trends that really don't translate well.

The new neckline

The new sexy in necklines

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12:  Actress Lupita Nyong'o attends HBO's Golden Globe Awards after party at Circa 55 Restaurant on January 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

ANNIE STEVENS There's a sexy old/new cut in town and it's got plenty of excellent champions.

Wedding trends

The case for wearing a flower crown at your wedding


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Worried it might date badly in photos? Read on.

Death of skinny jeans?

This might be the end for skinny leg pants

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 6:  Fashion Buyer Kay Kim wears Chanel shoes, H and M culottes on day 1 of London Mens Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014, on January 06, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/FilmMagic)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE The tyranny of skinny leg pants is being moved on by more relaxed and directional shapes.

The Met Ball

Do dress codes still exist?

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06:  Nicole Richie attends the Costume Institute Gala for the

KATHLEEN LEE JOE The Met Ball has a long history of mind-boggling dress-to-impress codes, but the latest has even the most seasoned partygoers scratching their heads.

History's best mini skirts

The mini skirt is a symbol of ‘‘freedom and liberation’’


Josie Clarke The British designer widely credited with popularising the mini skirt has recalled its ‘‘feeling of freedom and liberation’’ 50 years after she took the fashion world by storm.


‘Fauxsumerism’ is the latest retail trend, apparently


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Anyone else sick and tired of internet articles deconstructing the behavioural patterns of millenials?

Jewellery trends

Presented without judgement: four new jewellery trends to tap

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 09:  A model walks the runway at the Emma Mulholland show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014 at The Elston Mezzanine, Carriageworks on April 9, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

GENEVIEVE ROSEN Nose rings, nail rings, handcuffs and headbands like you’ve never seen them before.

Fashion is coming

Game of Thrones fashion takes over runways

Game of Thrones and Haute Coture have many things in common.

NEDAHL STELIO The show's popularity has slowly saturated all audience demographics, becoming the most downloaded show in history, and its influence is such that it's now beginning to influence one of the most elitist industries of all: fashion.

Pretty ugly fashion

Pretty-ugly shoes are back, you guys

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02:  A model walks the runway at the Celine Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 2, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

GENEVIEVE ROSEN Three new season shoe shapes that’ll challenge everything you thought you knew.

Not a great thing?

Maybe flats coming back into fashion isn't such a good thing

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Stylist Maiko Shibata wears Tibi trousers and Celine sandals before Jean-Charles de Castelbajac show on March 4, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Because they're now so fashiony.

Best bets

Best bets: three versatile skirts

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 28: A guest with a Jil Sander bag before Issey Miyake show at Jardins des Tuileries on February 28, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images)

ANNIE STEVENS Three different skirts, so many ways to wear them. Friday night online shopping beckons.

Wearable luxury

Mastering 'every-day fancy'


ANNIE STEVENS Hungarian label Nanushka is one to add to your shopping carts.

Shelfie fashion

Would you wear your own face on a jumper?


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Sweater selfies are now a thing. It's a lot to take in.

Feline fashion

Fashion really, really likes cats


KATHLEEN LEE JOE We knew this already, but this Vogue shoot confirms it. Bonus! The best pets to follow on Instagram.

Autumn trends

Eight trends to look forward to as the weather cools down

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 03: Nicole Warne wears a Balenciaga jumper, Mulberry bag and Charlotte Olympia shoes after Elie Saab show at the Jardins des Tuileries on March 3, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Hurrah for shag piles, sweater dresses and wearing opaque tights with everything.

Dubious trends

The internet balks at supposed new trend, normcore

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14:  United States President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch during the opening ceremonies of the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. The American League defeated the National League 4-3.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Dennis Green Nobody can agree on whether normcore is actually a thing.

Fast food fashion

Trend report: fast food fashion

MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 20:  Anna Dello Russo attends Moschino Dinner during the Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 at Giacomo Arengario Restaurant on February 20, 2014 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE The fashion industry is asking us if we would like fries with that.


Six new fashion terms that nobody needs

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 27: Grace Coddington and Anna Wintour attend the Lanvin  show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on February 27, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Dufour/Getty Images)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Made-up fashion words have always existed, that doesn't mean that they're OK.

Wedding trends

How to perfect the art of mix-matched bridesmaid dresses


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Not going matchy-matchy for your main ladies? Here's how to get it right.

Exclusive interview

Welcome back, Uma Thurman

Photographs by Pamela Hanson, courtesy of Porter.

Craig McLean An exclusive extract of Uma Thurman's interview with Porter magazine. And some seriously beautiful pictures.

Fan fashion

What's with all the fashion blogger fan art?

fan art

KATHLEEN LEE JOE If someone's drawn a picture of you, chances are you've really arrived.

Wearable tech

Does wearable technology have to be feminised?


KATHLEEN LEE JOE Here we go again with the lady marketing when it comes to selling technology to women.

Trend report

How to power dress in 2014

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Fashion director Leila Yavari wears Anya Hindmarch bag, Manolo Blahnik shoes, Preen skirt and a JW Anderson shirt on day 4 of Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014, Paris September 27, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/FilmMagic)

KATHLEEN LEE JOE The new structure is softened with prints and fluid fabrics. Not a shoulder pad in sight.

Comic Con meets High fashion

Star Wars is a legitimate trend this season

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  A model walks the runway at the Preen by Thornton Bragazzi show at London Fashion Week AW14 at  on February 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Kathleen Lee-Joe May the fashion be with you (sorry).

Fashion revolution

Social media continues to change the fashion hierarchy

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Elshane wearing a jacket from Smythe and jewels from Nissa on the Streets of Manhattan on February 6, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)

Yes, Anna Wintour is still front row. But she's not as important as she used to be.

Unexpected trends

9 surprising trends from New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05:  A model poses at the Frame Denim presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Highline Stages on February 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images)

ANNIE STEVENS From combovers to Chinese takeaway box clutches, fashion gets faintly alarming.

Pet couture

Please stop dressing your pets up as people

KATHLEEN LEE JOE Yes they might look cute, but what price dignity?