Front row, back seat, on camera, off and running, 38,000 feet up in the airit's midnight somewhere, and I'm down for the count! One would think my view of the world is skewed more toward fantasy than reality. Globe-trotting and trend-tracking have become so second nature for me, I rarely have time to relish the here and now. I'm just returning from the rigorous Fall runways for men. Europe's cold climate has me and my fellow fashion followers dressed in sync with the designers' winter messages, a far cry from the current Spring season that's receiving editorial acclaim. That, my friends, is fashion. Check out what's ahead for guys on my Instagram page @kendowningnm.
I've always believed the ability to translate trends from catwalk chaos to wardrobe relevance is part social science, part gut instinct. For Spring 2015, all roads lead to the 1970s. From the moment the first model stepped onto the runways in a Flat Sandal and Maxi Skirt with the music of Fleetwood Mac blaring on the soundtrack, there was no looking back! Well, in actuality, we are looking back to another era, reimagined for the future. The romanticism, exoticism, and escapism that fueled the imaginations of designers for Spring was a message felt worldwide. It wasn't an enormous surprise for someone like myself, with my ear to the ground and eyes to the future.
The global girls who stormed the runway last season were more than an obvious prelude of what was to come. Enter The New Bohemian, with the carefree spirit of a flower child translated to a rich-hippie style, with a patchwork of peasant prints reflecting the subtle sensuality that defined the '70s. Boho blouses, flared pants, maxi, midi, and micromini lengths, folkloric embroidery and embellishments, suede for Summer, and sleeveless jackets, all in saturated sun-baked shades of Spice-Market Colors. Finding your groove will be easy as you make your way in a Flat Sandal, or my new favorite, "flatforms" a Flat Sandal on a platform.
So grab your Bucket Bag, tons of turquoise (worn long and layered) and your boho boy, who has no fear of bold pattern mixing and enjoys daydreaming to tunes of the '70s in Spice-Market Colors, Summer Suedes, and Linen as much as you. Embrace the era that's ripe for revival!