What’s new with global Fall/Winter trends this 2015?
Not a lot, apparently.
On Tuesday, The Manila Times Lifestyle arrived at this conclusion at a press preview of the latest collections from popular Spanish fashion labels available in the Philippines namely Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius and Pull & Bear.
Held at the beautiful Le Jardin in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, the event showcased recurring trends from the West like bohemian details in fringes and ethnic prints, as well as the ’70s fashion revival via bell-bottom jeans and suede shoes, among others.
For Sara Nicolas Gonzalez, public relations officer of the said brands, there is no denying that not much is new in fashion as the last quarter of 2015 begins for legitimate reasons.
In an exclusive interview, the 25-year-old Spanish executive related to The Manila Times that much as Zara and her “sisters”—labels under the umbrella company Inditex—try to be “on top of trends,” they also make sure to “maintain classic choices.”
Nevertheless, she emphasized that the Spanish always make a conscious effort to exude a fashionable image.
“Spain is a trendy place, especially cosmopolitan areas like Barcelona. In general, Spanish people are very urban so they are always conscious about fashion trends,” she said.
Seen on global runways over the last few seasons, the bohemian look is here to stay.
“At Zara, we saw a little bit of bohemian last summer but it returns stronger this season,” updated Gonzalez.
Fashionistas have two options under this style between casual and sophisticated. The former brings flared denims, bell bottom jeans, fringed hems, and soft suede in warm shades of orange and cool colors of khaki.
On the other hand, sophisticated boho choices comes in knitwear, frills, and wool. One key ensemble pairs creamy silk shirts and knit sweaters in retro prints.
Besides Zara, Bershka and Massimo Dutti also have their own takes on the bohemian look.
At Bershka, there are Indian American prints on ponchos and jackets made from soft knit for a truly ethnic vibe. When combined with fringe details, the boho pieces make for a very casual feel.
For Massimo Dutti, which is considered the classier label among the set, bohemian takes a more vintage direction with inspiration from the hippie scene of the late ’70s. Think bell bottom, brown jeans paired with blazers, and accessorized with printed and tassled scarfs and fringed bags.
For formal dressing, Zara lays down a new trend called “coordinated sets.”
Gonzalez explained, “This is one of the new and key trends of the season. It’s knitwear but really polished with a uniform style in three pieces—top, bottom and coat [in a single color].”
Besides knitwear, other fabrics for this collection include wool, fur and silk for a more luxurious feel. Coordinated sets are also available for men.
Gonzalez further noted that men should wear a “long-line” fit, which means shirts and jackets that go below the waist.
Massimo Dutti is also redefining male dressing by taking inspiration from Hollywood actors like Daniel Craig. Layered dress shirts with blazers in soft fabrics and even leather jackets are “it.” Structured trousers, suede leather shoes, and leather bracelets—a must have for fashionable men these days—complete the look.
If leather bracelets are the key accessory for men this season, women have to have cinched leather belts.
Finally for the younger fashionistas, they can try another returning style this season: the denim on denim, which are available from the Trafaluc line of Zara or Pull & Bear.
In Zara’s footsteps
After listing the trends for F/W 2015, Gonzalez excitedly followed on with updates on Zara in the Philippines.
She happily reported that the brand successfully marked its 10th anniversary here this year since opening its first store at Powerplant Mall in Makati City.
She credits Zara for opening doors for other Inditex brands to the Philippines beginning with Massimo Dutti, followed by Stradivarius and Bershka, and finally, Pull & Bear.
Asked how the other brands are doing, she replied, “In general they are all doing well. Pull & Bear just opened last year [so]I guess people are not yet that familiar with the brand. This is why we are planning to open new branches for the label, and the same goes for the rest of the brands. We are happy with the reception of the Filipino market.”
Gonzalez revealed that there are plans to bring other brands under Inditex to the country, namely Zara Home and Oysho.
“Oysho specializes in sleepwear, underwear, swimwear and loungewear. It’s one of my favorites and it’s growing fast,” she said.
As for Zara Home, the PR officer is confident there is a market for this offshoot as well. She enthused, “Just look at all the international brands coming in now, especially for home in the last couple of years. It’s time for Zara Home to be here as well.”
With all these expansion plans, it is no wonder that Inditex owner, Spanish retail magnate Amancio Ortega, has been named the second richest man in the world by Bloomberg in June.
In the Philippines, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius and Pull & Bear are distributed by Stores Specialist Inc.