There is a frisson of excitement in the air as the new season settles in. As we bid farewell to the trends of the previous season, a fresh batch of trends emerge.
From the revival of the ’90s to the more-is-more ruffles, this season’s key trends already seem bigger, better and braver. Here’s our comprehensive edit of the newest season: Spring/Summer 2016.
1. Slip Into It
Spring’s most sensual proposal? The slip dress. Slinkier than ever, these nightie-inspired dresses pay homage to the supermodels of the ’90s (Think Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista). With subtle details like scalloped lace at Celine, in satin and chiffon at Saint Laurent and layered over fine knits at Pucci, Spring/Summer is looking sexier than ever.
2. True Romance Real romantics, rejoice! After a wave of androgynous designs and silhouettes that blurred the boundaries of gender, SS16 saw designers embrace femininity to honour woman’s romantic albeit, strong nature. Alexander McQueen chose to be inspired by the Victorian era, Alexander McQueen moved away from his grungy aesthetics and presented a collection that was feminine, subtle and seductive and Erdem showed off ethereal looking dresses that were on the darker side of romanticism.
3. Ruffles Fest
Ruffles, frills, flounces and ruches continue to be a key trend designers dabbled with. In London, Mary Katrantzou showed off larger-than-life ruffles in structured silhouettes like peplum and tiers. In Milan, Roberto Cavalli presented a collection of billowy taffeta gowns with frill details. Balmain, Michael Kors and Miu Miu also added an exciting edge to this feminine detailing.
4. Shine on, You Crazy Diamond!
High shine fabrics have always been a runway favourite, but this season’s take on this standout trend is more experimental than ever. While Louis Vuitton went futuristic with foil minidresses, Marc Jacobs and Sonia Rykiel went for all-over sequinned maxi dresses that prove that this key trend is for every girl.
5. Cold Shoulders
Designers prove that the bare shoulders are the only way to show some skin and leave plenty to the imagination. Proenza Schouler, The Row, Boss and Prabal Gurung all featured structured silhouettes with off-shoulder and asymmetric necklines.
6. Mega Colours
The challenge of combining clashing colours was left to Christopher Kane, Gucci, Balmain and Dries Van Noten. And they overcame it with flying colours (quite literally). They presented Pantone hits of the season in vivid graphic and eye-catching motifs.
7. The ’90s Revival
From Saint Laurent to Vetements, the runway saw inspiration being drawn from the ’90s decade. We saw a full-fledged revival of the oversized jackets, slip dresses and the infamous velour fabric. Alexander Wang also took a turn for the nostalgic with sweatpants and tracksuits for some extra street cred.
8. Floral Redux
While florals for spring may not be ground breaking, this season saw a tougher, moody version of the playful, feminine print. In Paris, Ellie Saab featured laser-cut florals, Phillip Lahm showed off his love for garden groves with minimalist floral prints and Oscar de la Renta put a Latin twist on his flowery ensembles.
9. Fine Lines
Many designers showed off a bevvy of stripes – from horizontal to vertical, thick to thin, many-hued to monochromatic. Dior, Missoni, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana played with choppy, curled and scattered on billowy to structured silhouettes.
A new, bold set of accessories have emerged this season. Shoulder-grazing earrings were featured by Celine, Oscar de la Renta and J W Anderson as mismatched pairs. Simply buy two different pairs of earrings to wear together or wear old favourites together from your jewellery box.
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