New York, NY (September 19, 2023) – Non-profit organization Fashion Group International, Inc. (FGI) has released its COMMUNIQUÉ fashion report outlining the season’s top thirteen trends from New York Fashion Week Spring 2024. The semi-annual runway report features thematic highlights observed by Sharon Graubard, FGI executive board member and Founder and Creative Director of SG Files, and Nicole Fischelis the fashion and art forecasting consultant and FGI board member. The report also presents a curated selection of ONES TO WATCH, up-and-coming fashion brands reported by Gary Wassner, Hilldun Corporation CEO and FGI board Member.
Sponsored by Hilldun Corporation, the FGI COMMUNIQUÉ serves as an extension of FGI’s legacy established in 1930 – to serve as an indispensable industry resource for the fashion industry and related sectors.
Maryanne Grisz, FGI President and CEO says, “We attend the key shows and tune in to major stylistic shifts and and industry developments so we can in turn analyze and share those findings.” She adds, “We are proud to continue providing vital tools and services like FGI’s annual COMMUNIQUÉ fashion report as part of FGI’s ongoing mission to connect and support our members and the broader global fashion community.”
The Fall / Winter 2023 Fashion Group International FGI COMMUNIQUÉ Fashion Report includes day-by-day thematic highlights from established brands and up-and-coming designers:
BODY BEAUTIFUL – The body positive movement, the pandemic-era preference for loungewear, the shapewear obsession, and the rise of studio workouts (pilates, gyrotonics, dance, yoga) all come together in stretchy bodywear that can be worn on its own or function as everyday base-layer pieces. IMAGE: Sandy Liang
DENIM GOES DREAMY – Denim continues to lose its rough and tumble reputation and goes even softer and dreamier for next Spring. IMAGE: Ralph Lauren
LESS IS MORE – There is a strong direction towards minimalism this season with looks that create impact via silhouette and innovative construction rather than surface embellishment. IMAGE: Khaite
OUT FROM UNDER – The penchant for wearing corsets and bras on the outside gains momentum for next spring, perhaps a result of the body positive movement and the pandemic-era craze for shapewear. IMAGE: Collina Strada
GO CARGO – Cargo styles continue to evolve, as part of the workwear influence in fashion. IMAGE: Jane Wade
SHIRTING VARIATION – The shirt, like jeans or the trenchcoat, can be endlessly reinvented and still retain its original character, especially when cut from classic shirting fabrics. IMAGE: Rentrayage
LEATHER WEATHER – The world may be getting warmer, but the passion for black leather never fades. Next Spring’s leathers (whether real or vegan) are ready to go right into summer with lighter weights and abbreviated silhouettes.
IMAGE: Frederick Anderson
GOLDEN MOMENT – Although silver has been the metal of choice of late, gold is making a surprise comeback, bringing its warm resplendence to all kinds of items and silhouettes. IMAGE: Christian Siriano
PAINTING STUDIO – Art and fashion have had a long-standing love affair, and this season that bond shows in painterly prints.IMAGE: Ulla Johnson
SUITABLE FOR PRINT – The tailoring revolution continues this season, refreshed for Spring in appealing prints.
IMAGE: Helmut Lang
LET THEM EAT CAKE – Marie-Antoinette, with her pastel gowns, ribbon-tied bodices, and exaggerated panniers, has been impacting fashion since the day she arrived at Versailles in 1770. For next spring, her Rococo style lives on.
HELLO SUNSHINE – Yellow has been edging into fashion lately, but this spring the sunny color comes into its own with head-to-toe monochrome looks. IMAGE: Prabal Gurung
2024 Spring – ONES TO WATCH
Gary Wassner has identified the 2024 “Ones to Watch” – ascendent fashion designers and brands identified at New York Fashion Week Spring 2024. He said, “This season I was dazzled by a new crop of fashion designers. Each collection presented a stylistic breath of fresh air, while many emerging designers are addressing timely issues of sustainability and gender inclusivity head on.” His list of Ones to Watch includes:
Potts – A. Potts is a breath of fresh air, both the designer and the clothing. The unisex collection seamlessly blends modernity with timeless appeal, catering to all genders, sizes, and ages. Easy, flowing fabrics drape the body luxuriously. Each piece exudes versatility, making it a staple in any wardrobe.
Bevza – Bevza, the Kyiv-based womenswear brand is an elegant representation of minimal luxe. Great tailoring, soft colors and simplicity are brand signatures. Less is more for Bevza. True to their heritage, they utilize ethnic symbolism and cultural references to incorporate traditional Ukranian artistry and culture into their designs. They are careful to abide by the new codes of sustainability in their choice of materials and techniques.
Melke – Emma Gage founded Melke out of the desire to make incarnate the power of love, joy, and honesty in fashion. In a world where sustainability is now an imperative, Melke strikes the perfect balance between conscientiousness and unbridled exuberance. Heartfelt craftsmanship is paramount. Each piece exudes Emma’s gender-fluid vision.
Bishme Cromartie – Bishme Cromartie’s brand is a bold celebration of the female form – streamlined, elegant, and coupled with confidence. His work is a reflection of the art that inspires him and is a tribute to the boundary-breaking aspects of life. Fun, daring, and romantic, his clothing mirrors the vibrant tapestry of human emotions. It’s all about breaking down barriers, and shattering stereotypes.
Cyril Verdavainne – Cyril Verdavainne launched his eponymous label in 2018 at the age of 40. A graduate of Parsons, he worked at Balmain, Mugler and then spent 15 years with Carmen Marc Valvo. His experience and backgrounds are obvious in a collection of beautifully crafted dresses and gowns in impeccably tailored heavy satins that floated down the runway. Pastels and vivid primary colors, mostly solids, with little embellishment aside from those made from the same cloth as the dresses, fit the models exquisitely.