Rain or Shine

Ah, mercurial spring! Weather is as changeable as these chic new styles.

Left: Gucci. Right: Gosha Rubchinskiy.

There’s no excuse to be off-trend in New York City: Everything is here, especially when it comes to fashion.

But with so much variety, how do you know what to pick? Meet Nicole Fischelis, Group Vice President, Creative Director and Global Forecaster for Macy’s Inc. Her job is to predict, more than a year in advance, what the trends will be.

Raised in Paris, Fischelis says she was truly a “free spirit. I always was interested in art and culture.” She works far ahead—when she spoke to IN New York a few weeks ago, she was busy working on predicting trends for Fall 2018. Here is what she has to say about the hottest new looks for this spring and summer for men and women.

Left: Coach. Right: Rag & Bone.

IN New York: What are the most dramatic trends right now?

Fischelis: The major one is the “New Romantic.” The whole mood of ruffles, lace—it’s super feminine. There are lots of pink and nude shades. It uses many different types of texture: lace, brocade, pretty florals.

Another trend is what I like to call “Urban Energy.” What’s great about it is the way it’s done. It’s activewear meets streetwear, and a whole new level of cool. Track pants with a great tailored jacket. Jumpsuits, bright colors and logos, stripes and 1990s-inspired are all part of this. There is also some shine and silver.

Left: Christian Dior. Right: Chloé.

Next is “Safari Chic.” It has jungle prints, rescaled and recolored, all shades of khaki and tie-dye. Looks showing ethnicity and globalism. Spicy shades, summer brights, whimsical animal prints and cartoons. Things that make you smile.

And the last one is “More is More.” It’s the complete opposite of minimalism—it’s maximalism. It’s very “attitude,” with clashing combinations. It says, “Look at me!” Embellished, oversize denim and a vintage finds mixed together. Some colors are almost neon.

Left: Dolce & Gabbana. Right: MSGM.

IN New York: Would you say the trends are age-specific?

Fischelis: Today it’s more about attitude than age. It’s how you feel and individualism. You can wear one trend one day, and another one the next, or fuse them together in your own way. You can wear a moto [motorcycle] jacket over a slip or a lace blouse. I’ve seen it on the runway, and it’s happening.

Left: Balmain. Right: Jason Wu.

IN New York: You work so far ahead—how do you “see”?

Fischelis: It’s a combination of what you see on the runway and on the street, or in a movie or a museum. I look for the unexpected. Sometimes, I see a very unusual color on one runway in New York and then again in another city. I try to put it all together and make it sing.

IN New York: Speaking of color, what is “the” color this spring?

Fischelis: All shades of pink, from pale to very bright. It’s great when you start combining tonalities in one outfit. That goes for men, women, kids, accessories and home. And also metallic shine is very big. Yellow is going to be the “it” color this summer … it will be just as big as pink.

Left: Moschino. Right: Stella McCartney.

IN New York: Any trends for men?

Fischelis: I am seeing women wearing menswear and men wearing women’s prints. It’s not “dressing like him and her.” It’s floral and animal prints, whimsical, conversational types of print, about mood and influences.