Isa Arfen

Isa Arfen

TOP 10 TRENDS IN 2019

Top 10 Items for Juniors Fall/Winter '19 Forecast

The juniors customer, always ready for something fresh yet wearable, will have plenty of new items to choose from for next fall. Below are the top 10 picks from MintModa, an innovative online subscription trend service led by noted forecaster Sharon Graubard.

The Exploded-Image Pullover

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Adam Selman

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Marques Almeida

Graphics for tees are no longer confined to a small mid-chest motif or a subtle back placement. The newest imagery for cut-and-sew knits is magnified and printed over every inch of a garment, from neckline to hem and from shoulder to banded-trim wrist.

Wearers can express themselves and their passions with imagery ranging from endangered-species photo prints to graffiti slogans. Digitally printed grounds imitate watercolor blurs, tie-dye or marbleized “notebook” textures. Some designers show mixed effects, as in a pop art–printed sleeve. Sweatshirt silhouettes are key and often extra large.

The Performance Base Layer

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Marine Serre

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Prada

For a more body-con approach to cut-and-sew, juniors can opt for a performance knit. These are in lightweight, stretchy jerseys, smooth or micro-ribbed and in a blend of fibers, including nylon, polyester, bamboo and elastane. These fabrics may have value-added capabilities such as moisture-wicking or anti-microbial properties.

Visible seams or contrast stitching emphasize a contoured fit, and crew or band necklines key into the new covered-up aesthetic. Placed chest stripes, zipped turtlenecks, branding appliqués and graphic color blocking add more interest. Many of these new knits are longer, perfect for tucking into pants or wearing over a soft skirt.

The Big Cardi

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Marco de Vincenzo

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Miu Miu

Sweater knits are always a must-have for fall. Some of the newest sweaters are cardigans—especially oversized, slouchy ones. Juniors can wear these over everything from jeans-and-tee ensembles to flowered dresses or lacy slips, evoking a kind of grunge-era Courtney Love nonchalant glam.

Fluffy mohair yarns provide a textural update. A wide, floppy collar like the ones Miuccia Prada did for her Miu Miu collection brings freshness to the silhouette. Other desirable design details are button-off sleeves, placed intarsia patterns and highly dimensional cables. Extra-long sleeves emphasize the too-big fit.

The Modern Bustier

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Christian Siriano

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John Galliano

The bustier evolves from undergarment to standalone top to layering piece, worn under or over other garments. For next fall, look for techno-sport interpretations such as a strapless nylon bustier with zip pockets, making it a hands-free option for street- or clubwear. There are also shiny patent looks and satin versions with boning or underwires. All are meant to peek out from under an open shirt or be worn on top of a more oversized piece, bringing a bit of structure to fluid silhouettes. Closures include tech zips, metal lingerie hooks, corset lacing and Velcro.

The Heroine Blouse

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Bock

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Isa Arfen

Female power is expressed with romantic blouses. Many of these have Victorian overtones, bringing a bit of femininity to juniors ensembles, which often include androgynous items such as baggy jeans, rave pants or tech cargos.

Details make the difference: There are high necks, lace insets and placed gathers at the shoulders that give way to special sleeves. Peplum effects look new again, often defined with smocking or grosgrain-ribbon trim. Tiny covered buttons or button-and-loop closures work well here. Fabrics for these tops include bleached muslin, supple or stretch velvets and plaid taffetas, making this item holiday appropriate.