Spring Summer 2016 Trends

Its taken me while to get round to writing this having spent most of my time looking after my new baby, but having witnessed a few shows at London Fashion Week, knowing the predicted trends from WGSN and looking through the collections in Milan, Paris & NY, here are the key trends I think we can look forward to next summer 2016 which I have put into three categories: Modern Masters, Leisure Luxe, Latin Glamour and Culture Club.

Overall, the focus will be of soft, flowing, long length fabrics with a focus on the arms either by exposing shoulders or adding voluminous fabric.

Rich materials, historical references, pleats, sheer, high empire line, voluminous maxi dresses, puffy sleeves & florals.

Think historic references but in romantic styles with elegant, delicate fabrics.
Designers: Alexander McQueen, Oscar De La Renta, Gucci, Etro, Erdem, Derek Lam, Rodarte, Zac Posen, Veronique Branquinho, Elie Saab, Rochas, Dolce and Gabbana

Arm Volume
This was seen from subtle bell, bishop and peasant sleeves to more exaggerated voluminous puffy sleeves.
Designers: Moncler Gamme Rouge, Cedric Charlier, Fendi, Giles, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Temperley London, Simone Rocha, JW Anderson, Emilia Wickstead, Oscar De La Renta, Jill Stuart, Zimmermann, Zac Posen

Long Length Coats
Originally I thought embroidered bomber jackets would be the ‘it’ coat for the summer, but it seems the longer length lightweight duster will be coat to wear next season. Worn with both dresses, shorts and trousers.
Designers: Valentino, Dries Van Noten, Roberto Carvalli, Blumarine, Emilio Pucci, Maxmara, Fay, Erdem, Calvin Klein, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang

This category is a sport edge but with soft luxurious fabrics and borrowed from the boys styling.
Designers: Balceniaga, Baja East, Hood by Air, Paco Rabanne Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang, Chloe, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chloe, Emilio Pucci, Boss, DKNY, Diesel Black Gold, Public School, Nicholas K

Eyelets & Punctuated Holes
This wasn’t a huge trend, but as I mentioned it in my previous blog from the WGSN seminar I thought I’d highlight it here as it was used by a few designers during fashion season.
Designers: Ellery, Sonia Rykiel, Carven, MSGM, Thomas Tait, Hunter Origional

Asymmetric Shoulders
Exposed shoulders I will mention later, but one of the big shoulder styles seen on the catwalks was the asymmetric style with one shoulder exposed.
Designers: Esteban Cortazar, Sonia Rykiel, Martin Grant, Stella McCartney, Roland Mouret, Mugler, Af Vandervorst, Paco Rabanne, Vionnet, Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci, Les Copains, Christopher Kane, Diane Von Furstenberg

Crop tops
We have seen crop tops already for SS15, but as mentioned in my trend prediction blog, it seems micro crop tops will be one to look for next year. Think we may be hitting the gym for this one!
Designers: Esteban Cortazar, John Galliano, Emanuel Ungaro, Christian Dior, Balmain, Paco Rabanne, Missioni, Versace, Emilio Pucci, Emilio De La Morena, Vera Wang, Alexander Wang, Jill Stuart, Givenchy

Wide Leg Trousers
This isn’t one of the ‘key’ trends, but I thought I’d mention it as we have definitely moved away from the skinny into a more loose fitting manish style.
Designers: Hermes, Georgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Joseph, Diane Von Furstenberg, Derek Lam, Givenchy

Rather than bright colourful tropical prints, this category is more of a softened Cuba. The key silhouettes are vintage inspired shapes, ruffles & bare shoulders.

Ruffles & Tiered Gowns
Frills, ruffles and tiers were in abundance on the catwalks, each adding a sense of drama to the designers collections.
Designers: Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Balencia, Rochas Salvatore Ferragamo, MSGM, No.21, Gucci, Toga, Marques Almeida, Giles, Osman, Peter Pilotto, Erdem Temperley London, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Jason Wu, Balmain, Emporio Armani

Bare Shoulders
Next summer the focus will definitely be in the shoulders and the sexier, more creative the better! All the top designers showed a little shoulder on their catwalks in various guises, with a popular style being the X halterneck.
Designers: Edun, Sonia Rykiel, Proenza Shouler, Boss, Peter Pilotto, Hermes, Martin Grant, Givenchy, Jason Wu, ADEAM, and Derek Lam, Roland Mouret, Mugler, Andrew Gn, Balmain, Chloe, Georgio Armani, DSquared2. Emporio Armani, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Alberta Ferretti, Emilio De La Morena, Jospeh, Erdem, Issa, Preen, Proenza Schouler, Diane Von Furstenberg, Christian Siriano, Herve Leger by Max Azria

Florals were softer than previous seasons in more of a hand drawn, watercolour and vintage designs. Also spotted were a few designers who crafted their flowers in 3D.
Designers: Emanuel Ungaro, Rochas, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Antonio Berardi, Anna Sui, Jill Stuart, Philip Lim, Michael Kors, Coach.  

This category is a juxtaposition to Latin Glamour. here we have soft, feminine & graceful pieces in silks and crochet with a vintage edge.
Designers: No.21, Antonio Marras, Alberta Ferretti, Gucci, Erdem, Simon Rocha, Bora Aksu, Coach, Luisa Beccaria, Jenny Peckham, Jill Stuart, Ulla Johnson, Red Valentino

Neck Ribbons
Following from the pussy bow blouse we will see for AW15, I noticed the thinner, delicate neck ribbon (predominantly seen in black) that was popular with many designers. A simple accessory that instantly adds that touch of vintage edge to your outfit.
Designers: Oscar De La Renta, Merissa Webb, Red Valentino, Proenza Schouler, Erdem, Emporio Armani, No.21, Gucci. Marc Jacobs

Chroche Mesh
A favorite fabric for the sports luxe trend we’ve seen over the seasons, but for SS16 it was also seen on elegant dresses.
Designers: Alexander McQueen, Kenzo, Balmain, Sportmax, Mochino, Emilio Pucci. Christopher Raeburn, Burberry, Diesel Black Gold, Alexander Wang, Givenchy

Prarie Dress
The prarie dress was seen on the catwalks with both long and short sleeves. This can be styled in so many ways when it hits the high streets from leather boots or delicate floral garlands which I think will make it a hit for the festival season.
Designers: Mother of Pearl, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Coach. Luisa Beccaria

Creating a simple, yet sexy feminine look, designers looked to lingerie as their inspiration. Seen in both tops and slip dresses with delicate boot lace straps and satin material.
Designers: Alexander Wang, Celine, Phoebe Philo, Calvin Klein, Givinchy, Burberry, Balenciaga, St Laurent, Marc Jacobs, Paco Rabanne, MSGM, Emilio Pucci, Erdem, Paul Smith, Calvin Klein, Rag & Bone, Victoria Beckham, Jill Stuart, Givenchy, Jason Wu

Lightwight denim was seen in 90’s styling with big, slouchy and wide leg styles, printed or seen bleached & embroidered.
Designers: St Laurent, Chloe, Fendi, Greg Lauren, Alexander Wang, Red Valentino

Granny Chic
Possibly one of the most adventurous trends for summer next year is the granny geek chic look with the best accessory being over sized glasses.
Designers: Miu, Miu, Chanel, Dries Van Noten, Prada, Gucci

This was another predicted trend I mentioned in my last blog which didn’t come through as much as I had hoped on the catwalks. However, I still think we will see references to this trend in the high street next year.
Designers: Miu Miu, Antionio Marras

Think 1980’s Grace Jones retro electric rock vibe with body conscious shapes, sparkle and bold prints.
Designers: Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Paul & Jo

A classic every season and perfect for parties.
Designers: Lanvin,  Emilio Pucci, Vetiments, Marc Jacobs, Marni, Tom Ford, Paul & Jo, Sonia Rykiel, Roberto Cavalli, Blumarine, Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Fleder Felder, Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Rachel Zoe, Christian Siriano, Rochas

The dominant shiny colour for the summer will be silver
Designers: Paul & Jo, Isabel Marant, Hogan, Iceberg, Belstaff, Alexander McQueen, Lacoste, Ada & Nik

Bold Stripes
Another print we see often and one we saw for Menswear SS16 is stripes. But for the summer you need to think big, bold and bright!
Dior, Martin Grant, Sacia, Stella McCartney, Elie Saab, Cedric CHarlier, Georgio Armani, Missioni, MSGM, Iceberg, Sportmax, Moschino, Prada, Maxmara, No.21, Jonathan Saunders, Gareth Pugh, Jasper Conran, Ralph Laurent, Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander Wang

Block Prints
Again, its all about big, bold and bright block colours to really brighten up your summer wardrobe.
Designers: Valentino, Hermes, Acne, Issey Miyake, MSGM. Marni, Emilio Pucci, Christopher Kane, Ralph Laurent, Victoria Beckham, Lacoste.

There were a few other trends I saw like suede, mini skirts and colours such as yellow being popular, but hopefully this blog will give you an guide of what to look for next season.

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