K-Hole, the people that brought us “normcore”, recently pointed to a new movement in fashion – one they dubbed “chaos magic.” The Spring/Summer 2016 runway reflected this term beautifully, with otherworldly prints, pixie dust embellishment, and whimsical textures.
Feminine ruffles are by no means a new trend, but the way designers approached the ruffle this season felt like a fresh upgrade. Ruffles were used to trace relief lines across the body, adding dimensionality to smooth surfaces, and used to surprisingly sporty effect on slip dresses.
Colorful stripes made for striking imagery on this season’s runways. In particular, the “awning” stripe style was used repeatedly across a myriad of looks – from sporty polo tees and wide-leg trousers to flamenco style dresses.
Turn on the dark romance of the new cold-shoulder trend, which brilliantly proposes a new way to flash a little skin without showing off too much. This sweet detail can be feminine (See: Antonio Berardi) or sizzling (See: Derek Lam), depending on your design preference.
Spring’s girl might be pretty in pink, but she’s reaching for tougher elements to make her look more interesting and unexpected. Star embroidery, electrified feather wisps, and asymmetrical details all boosted the appeal of this girly shade.
For Spring/Summer 2016, designers cast a wide net (pardon the pun) and came up with an aquatic trend that ran the gamut from nautical and navy to seafaring in the most literal sense. The latter resulted in a repeated “net” motif which was either printed across vibrant frocks or used to weave dresses into radical netted finishes.
There was a surprisingly glamorous side to Spring/Summer 2016 – one that embraced disco ball sequins, sparkly tinsel fringe, and glitter beading. If you want to channel your inner disco queen try Temperley London or Saint Laurent, but if you want a new twist check out Loewe and Lanvin.
For Spring/Summer 2016, punchy primary colors were softened into sunset hues. The tones reflected by the setting sun were found in the desert orange of Altuzarra’s frocks, the multicolored knits at Peter Pilotto, and more.
Finally, designers have clued in to the fact that we want to be comfortable in our day ensembles. The loungewear trend offers a welcomed change of pace, and it’s mad stylish too, with elegant drapes and effortless fits that tick all the right boxes.
Rev your engines in the season’s boldest look, which embraces the world of motorsports with an array of sensational moto jackets, racerback tops, and trousers with racing striped sides. On the other side of things, Moschino even went so far as to theme their collection after the “car wash” – so take that for what you will.
A certain fashion editor with a very certain haircut recently declared the end of trends, but that’s definitely not the case. Every season, designers rally around certain themes, and though they express them via their individual filters, the end results always add up to “the next big thing” in fashion. For Spring/Summer 2016, the influences might have been rather schizophrenic, but, hey, what modern wardrobe isn’t as diverse as the trends that make them up? There was an ocean-inspired trend at work, particularly in Milan, that embraced everything from nautical trousers to dresses covered in fish appliques, and sporty themes continued in New York, but were softened this time around with ruffles galore. London once again showcased a variety of technicolor prints and technical materials, while Paris went full tilt into Romanticism.
Discover all of the most exciting looks of the season in Savoir Flair’s comprehensive round-up of the top 10 trends of Spring/Summer 2016.