Finally. Goodbye sales. Hello new season. And boy is it a good season to be a girl I have been watching with interest over the last few month’s what will fill the rails and what we should be looking out for so this week I bring you the best of the rest, my favourites from the Spring 2016 fashion catwalks!
While 2015 focused heavily on the 70’s this season there is no particular season we must run wild with. Designers have instead taken a wider ranging inspiration giving us a variety that our wardrobes will love. There are also a lot of modern vibes to be had across all trends! Together, this really means that it is quite easy this season to mix and match last season’s wardrobe in with some new pieces for Spring 2016.
1. BOXY JACKETS
Jackets are big news this Spring. Probably with more of a mannish vibe than we are used too, the boxy jacket will be a high street favourite. Great to your transitional wardrobe. As this shape is a little more on the loose side (i.e doesn’t nip in on the waist), be sure to team with something shapely on your bottom half if you get the feeling your a little lost in this shape. Expect pockets to also be all the rage with this style a la Prada, Emporio Armani and Sportsmax.
2. NEW BOLD POWER SUIT
This. I. Love. Gone are the days you have to wear a black suit to the office. Right, so it might be a big out there but this trend will see women taking all sorts of fabulous inspiration from it! Take a statement jacket and team it with your classic pencil skirt or go for printed broached pants and team with a smart v neck jumper. Play with this trend and if your really feeling it, looking out for a copy cat Gucci tie!
3. UNDER/ OUTERWEAR
Now we have all been having a good old laugh at the ‘pyjama’ trend. Yes, it is a trend. But I have picked the rather more wearable ‘wearing it all inside out’ trend. Simply take a shirt and team with a fitted top. Thought you would never find yourself in one of those minor drop tops that are impossible to avoid on the high street? Perhaps this is your moment. If Dries Van Noten thinks its ok to put a bra top on top of a blouse, then who are we to argue?
4. BARE SHOULDERS
Bare shoulders will be hard to avoid this season. Our fight to regain more dresses with sleeves for the average woman out there who is not in love with her arms will go on. While we are fighting it, why not embrace the shoulder? Everything from daywear to dresses will showcase this trend. Less is more so cover everything else up. Expect to see three types of shoulder barer’s. 1. Shoulder cut outs. 2. Off the shoulder. 3. Asymmetrical necklines just like Christopher Kane or Stella McCartney.
5. LINEN, LINEN EVERYWHERE
What’s not to love? Well when it loos beautifully ironed and styled, it is hard to beat. Linen will be one of the fabric’s du jour for Spring 2016. Expect to see lots of beautiful tonal colour combos and elegant suits just like the beautiful lilac creation with fringe detailing from Diane Von Furstenburg.
6. LONG SLEEVES WITH SHEER LAYERING
On of my favourites. It’s girlie, it’s comfy and it’s uber stylish. We all love sleeves after all! Sheer blouses and tops with longs sleeves have made a big comeback and are perfect for showing off while still covering up! A very ladylike trend. Expect to see combined with lots of lace, polka dots, embellishment and high necks. I think there will be some beautiful tops on the high street to channel this look. Calm down the girliness with some denims or a leather skirt.
Although the 70’s had it’s moment last season, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. The high street will most definitely theme with some fringing aswell as combining with lots of denim and also the safari vibe we have been seeing quite a bit of. A suede skirt is a must have for Spring. Go for knee length and go for a colour you can team with tights and bare legs. That way it will carry you through Spring/ Summer and Autumn.
8. CLOTHES SANS GENDER
Expect retailers to start to embrace ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to fashion this season. The fashion world is making a stand and saying that clothes should be genderless. It has taken me a while but I like this trend. You don’t need to go all out but there is something comforting, free and comfortable about throwing on your boyfriends/ hubby’s cosy jumpers with your skinny jeans. I’ve been experimenting and am on the look out for a genderless, safari style jacket for Spring.
From genderless fashion to bows to beat the band. Particularly oversized ones. A definite dramatic statement of fashion intent, this is fun but not for the faint hearted. Seen on many a runway such as Gucci, Marni, Lanvin, Chloe and Rochas there will be no escaping the bow in all its beautiful form!
10. THE 90’s
Bring back the 90’s or so says the fashion world. Nostalgia it seems provides a lot of fashion inspiration to the design world. From the 70’s to the 90’s we go but with a modern twist. This trend takes in denim as it’s centre fold. Stripes, glitter, high waists and fringing will also come through this trend.
11. THE PRAIRE DRESS
A childhood favourite of mine….Little House on the Prairie. Designers have been watching as lots have brought the prairie dress back with beautiful detailing, frills and layers. Redeem, Alexander McQueen, Valentino an more showed variations on this dress on the runways. Keep it more fitted and less frilly if you are on the petite side!
12. HIGH NECKLINES
Taking influence from where else but the Victorian era, this beautiful collar will be a great addition to a work or smart casual wardrobe. They come in ruffles a la J.W Anderson and Lanvin aswell as in micro pleats, cut outs and crumpled fabrics.
13. NAUTICAL DETAILING
It’s a sure Spring trend that is making a bigger appearance this season where designers have included everything from stripes and ropes to blue pants and big white buttons (Derek Lam). I will never say no to this trend for Spring. Who doesn’t own at least 3 stripey tee shirts already? No? Just me then…..
14. EMBELLISHMENT, APPLIQUE AND SPARKLE
What’s not to love! In the world of personal styling, if your not a magpie, your nothing! Mixing up some 20’s influence with modern and futuristic jackets, sown on gems and metallic designs. Expect also animal motifs, tee shirts with some serious bling and even denim having some appliqué fun! Victoria Beckham is one designer who shows the simpler side of this trend with some beautiful minimalist silver shimmer summer dresses.
Need I say more?
16. THE FANCY KNOT
This is how to wear your obi belt this season. (If you don’t have an OBI belt, you need one!). Oversized knots brought to us by Jonathan Saunders, David Coma and Christopher Raeburn. While Gucci used bigger bows, things were all tied up in a less is more kind of way. Great to give that shapeless dress or top a little ore structure.
17. READY FOR SAFARI
I have left my favourite until last. The safari trend. Speaking quite beautifully about the outdoors about functional yet stylish separates that don’t say anything too loudly. The high street will probably take a sport look at this trend also. Fendi, Valentini and Sonia Rykiel all fell in love with this trend for Spring 2016.