(From left to right):Proenza Schouler, Altuzarra, Calvin Klein, Erdem
Milan Fashion Week may be coming to a close, but before we delve into what the Italians are offering us come spring/summer 2016, here are the top trends from New York and London fashion weeks.
Bare it All
There’s no room for modesty come spring as necklines plunged and slits came up dangerously high. This however was the season of the bare shoulder, which is officially the new erogenous zone. Cut out shoulder styles are popular as seen at brands ranging from Calvin Klein to Proenza Schouler.
For some designers it was more about recreating a sensual, morning-after look that was part undone, part sophisticated. That meant plenty of ribbons and knots to hold up dresses, tops and other pieces of clothing as seen at Calvin Klein and Simone Rocha. Christopher Kane entitled his collection crash and repair. Need we say more?
(From left to right): Burberry, Michael Kors, Christopher Kane, J.Crew
There’s no better way to herald the arrival of spring than with florals, as designers gave their blooms a new dimension by experimenting with layers and textures. In some cases the prints look modern and urban – in the case of Calvin Klein’s washed out styles – or vintage as proposed by Jonathan Saunders. At Burberry there were spliced and pieced together with other fabrics. Our favourites included Erdem’s sheer ruffled dresses with rustic embroideries while Michael Kors’ appliqués were couture worthy.
This season is all about colour from pretty pastels to all rainbow colours covering an entire look. For the more sophisticated there were solid colours such as coral and bottle green while bubble bum pink and bright yellow proved popular in London.
(From left to right): Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Mary Katrantzou
Farflung destinations inspired designers to create the ultimate holiday wardrobe complete with resortwear and other essentials like crochet dresses, swimwear and kaftans. In some cases the look was tropical (Victoria Beckham) and in others more Boho (Tory Burch). Ralph Lauren’s were inspired by the South of France – cue a series of blue and white floor sweeping dresses, navy tailoring and crisp whites.
Technique and fabrics came under the spotlight, elevating wardrobe staples into statement pieces. Marc Jacobs paid tribute to various decades of Americana – cue rhinestones, sequins, feathers and even stars and stripes while Mary Katrantzou decorated her minis wth crystals . In terms of decoration it’s all about ruffles, lattice work and lace, as seen at Burberry.
Other spring essentials you should think about investing in
White shirt dress – Phillip Lim’s are our favourite.
Halter neck dress – Especially for the evening as seen at Zac Posen and Osman.
Tie jacket – Show off your figure with tailored or loose styles belted at the waist.
Slipdress – A trend spotted at majors like Givenchy and Burberry.
Fringe – This trend isn’t go anywhere although this season it’s all about frayed edges rather than dramatic fringing.
Pinafores – The look is more grown up thanks to edgy fabrics such as leather and details such as ruffles.
Baseball jackets – go luxe with eel skin (Alexander Wang) or sporty mesh.