Tailoring is the take-away trend of the 2023 pre-fall collections. Designers, like many of the rest of us, are looking for a bit of order post-pandemic, and as we enter a new year. A suit, be it a jacket with pants, skirts, or shorts is one way to look sharp and pulled together, but the neat thing about a tailleur is that it is also the basis of a mix-and-match modular wardrobe. You can pair a suit blazer with a distressed denim mini or wear a vest as a stand-alone top rather than as a layering piece, etc., etc. While silhouette options are many, the full-legged pantsuit leads the pre-fall pack, and short suits (for men and women) are a close second.
This in-between season must cater to all climes, and heating things up in 2023 are a selection of deep pile statement coats. Also “hot?” Boudoir dresses with a vampy Butterfield 8 vibe. These stand in contrast to airy, lacy dresses in innocent white, which are another theme of the season.
There’s a lot of post-war energy in popular culture now; with the cult of Marilyn and the upcoming Barbie movie being just two examples. Designers added the Golden Age of Couture to that list. Not only are there big occasion looks, but models struck poses that could have been borrowed from 1950s issues of Vogue. Couture nostalgia might explain the appearance of peplums (romantic or utilitarian versions are available), as well as the 360-degree attention to details (note the many back bows).
Thankfully fashion’s fascination with the 2000s is less overt than of late, but the slouchy jean of the season is a not too distant relative of rave-ready JNCO jeans; and the skirt/dress–over–pants styling trick looks back to the early days of influencers. Like the rest of us, creatives have been glued to the television set, and in breezy looks that seemed destined for the Italian Riviera one could see hints of Cinecittà—and the omnipresent White Lotus.