The Rise of Bohemian Style: What to Expect in 2015

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A wave of bohemian fashions swept the 2015 spring and summer runways, ranging from fringe and sheer fabrics to loose fits and embellishment details. This fashion forecast favours a chic and modern take on timeless gypsy style in the warmer months to come.

Ebb and Flow

Flowing garments -- perhaps the most obvious trend from the runways -- largely replaced anticipated, fitted designs. Etro, a brand known for its premium handmade pieces, specifically steered away from anything "too stiff," preferring lighter fabrics and looser construction. Many of the fashion house's garments featured undone details such as frayed handkerchief hemlines and the unique touch of the brand's distinctive paisley accents.

Festive Pairings

Etro also channelled music festival fashions from the '60s and '70s with an assortment of mixed prints coupled with fringe accents. The brand's midi length slips, bright colours, strappy sandals and layered jewellery recall the youthful, nomadic tone of authentic bohemian style and the artistic mood it conveys.

Luxe Layers

A common component of boho-chic fashion is layering, and designers incorporated various forms within their collections. From lace shawls to sheer kimonos, delicate accessories dominated the runways, adding a romantic and diaphanous feel to maxi dresses and ruffled skirts. Blumarine and Alberta Ferretti both embraced an earthy theme complete with mesh gowns with feminine floral accents.

Modern Flair

Roberto Cavalli similarly embraced a bohemian take on Italian style with darker colours, sophisticated neutrals, flowing lace and animal prints. His combination of structured silhouettes and light, blousy pieces in a neutral palette allows for the look to be more easily incorporated into a contemporary closet.

Air of Romance

Dries Van Noten showcased loud and colourful kimonos paired with oversized sheer tunics and satin finishes. Vera Wang's collection matched floral prints with sequin accents, shoulder-draped details, tiered skirts and mesh overlays. Joseph Altuzarra, well-known for his structured designs, deviated from his preferred aesthetic to experiment with more generous proportions.

Finishing Touches

The collective free spirit vibe also emerged in the runway details. From feathered jewellery and hair accessories to the models' middle parts and messy, braided up-styles, every aspect of the designers' looks featured defining bohemian touches. Pucci's collection displayed a mix of '70s classics, from knee-high boots and scallop details to scandalously plunged necklines, while Valentino opted for gladiator sandals and strategic cut-outs.

No other style conveys such an offbeat but lovely combination: equal parts misfit, flower child and fashion muse. With such eccentricity and playfulness, the look allows for comfort, femininity and the perks of whimsical originality.