AFTER TRAVELLING THROUGHOUT FOUR MAJOR CITIES IN FOUR WEEKS DURING THE FW16 FASHION WEEKS, WE HAVE TAKEN A LOOK BACK INTO THE COLLECTIONS.
Now that the Fall/Winter 2016 season filters into the stores, we have summed up for you the top 10 trends to keep an eye on. Taking elements from generations ago, including old-school check patterns and sexy leopard prints, sensual fabrics such as velvet, PVC and glossy patent, as well as extravagant volumes, designers did not let go of their emotions, making their collections a real work of art.
Designers made it clear this season; go big or go home! With an extravagant throwback into the iconic 80’s shoulder pads, designers pushed their limits creating oversized and massive shoulders as seen at Saint Laurent and Jacquemus, while also modern and subtle at Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant without forgetting the classic working type at Vivienne Westwood, Lanvin and Ralph Lauren.
Designers staged runway shows that beautifully merged ballet with modern dance and contemporary fashion. Graceful gowns we saw at Vionnet, continuing with a ballet-inspired collection at Valentino and avant, fluid silhouettes at Loewe. Fall/Winter 2016 remains en pointe.
There was a time when dressing from head-to-toe in one and only colour wasn’t allowed fashion-wise, but this time has changed. Sublime looks in total nude, regal red, white, yellow, baby pink, blue and naturally black is now on point and very attractive!
Androgynous and perfectly suited; female menswear has been around, but for the upcoming fall season, designers invite us to the real gentlemen’s club. Hats, ties and suspenders perfect the styling. While some adopt the nostalgic aura from head-to-toe, others simplify it and add some ultra feminine details like plunging necklines. It’s a men’s world for fall.
Prowling alongside the Fall/Winter catwalks, we have attentively spotted the leopard pattern fighting its way into almost every collection. This trend has never really disappeared but designers from Acne Studios to Sonia Rykiel redefine the wild affair with colourful hazes and imaginative combinations. Beware!
Something to keep us warm for the chilly winter ahead is making a comeback unless this season, the bigger the better. Between the sleeveless floor-length puffer coat at Rick Owens, the humongous down coat at Marques’ Almeida and MSGM and the cover kind-of-coat at Alexander McQueen, not a tiny bit of cool air might get through us.
Spotted all over the catwalk and principally on coats, the check print is back this season in a tremendous palette for us to savour. From muted colours using Prince of Wales check at Balenciaga, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Gucci to windowpane check at Marissa Webb, to modern and dynamic check pattern for Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein and Etro, the choice is vast.
Each season, something sporty has to come up. For Fall/Winter16, designers took a slightly different turn with athletic jumpsuits, track pants as well as striped and colour-block activewear. Whether they had surfing or exploring in mind, the discovery is quite interesting.
What used to start with raincoats got a thorough makeover for the season ahead. Fashion’s movers and shakers pull-off patent leather, PVC and glossy surfaces, this time with a main focus on trousers. Louis Vuitton’s space age touch goes along with Isabel Marant’s retro take for an instant high gloss finish. Concerning the here and now, this trend has the power to stay.
The high glam fabric is showing its multifacetted side for Fall/Winter 2016. Seductive, ultra feminine and romantic it comes to live in form of suits at Haider Ackermann, dresses at Fendi, trousers at Joseph and every imaginable accessory from Dolce & Gabbana to Alberta Ferretti. The season is showing us its soft side.