Karl Lagerfeld’s ‘Chanel airways’ Paris show was an experience in itself, with passengers having to check in at reception and models strutting down the runway-turned-airport with suitcases. Moschino’s runway in Milan was a makeshift construction site with traffic signs and a carwash which sprayed bubbles in the air mid-show. Rick Owens’ models paraded down the runway with other models strung around their necks, to symbolise the female bond and support.
Now that the thrill of the theatrical shows is over, it’s time to outline the main trends to be inspired by for your 2016 spring/summer wardrobe.
If you thought this trend was on its way out, think again. Flower power inspired pieces and all-suede-everything are here to stay. Pull out your mum’s vintage clothes and fill your wardrobe with all things seventies, from bell-bottoms to miniskirts. Wide trousers are becoming even wider, and were spotted on the catwalks dressed up with platform heels.
Trend: BARE SHOULDERS - ‘X’ SHAPE
Designers already had us baring shoulders last season, but the trend has been re-styled for next season to turn into an ‘X’ shape, with straps going around the neck to highlight the shoulders, for an exquisitely feminine and refined look.
Puffy sleeves, high necks and ruffles were all spotted on different runways, both worn in an ‘all-Victorian’ look, or as part of an outfit. Alexander McQueen’s collection presented soft pink dresses, flowery patterns and details. If a floor-sweeping lace gown is too much for you, opt for a ruffled shirt to pair with tailored trousers or a pleated skirt.
Trend: PATCHWORK AND FRINGES
Recurring themes at the shows were deliberately messy patchwork, and clothes held together with uneven stitching. Chanel combined different materials and patterns for a modern take on the classically posh sartorial tailoring. Fringes were spotted on skirts, tops, coats and accessories.
Trend: GRAPHIC DESIGN
Bold graphic stripes in all forms and colours dominated the scene on the catwalks. Prada’s collection saw strong vertical stripes in all sorts of colours and unusual prints, while Jonathan Saunders exhibited diagonal rainbow stripes. Marni took inspiration from graphic designs of the 60s, displaying oversized acrylic earrings.
Silk is set to be one of the wardrobe staples for 2016, and its versatility means it can be styled in several ways. Soft, lingerie-like dresses and playsuits, as well as structured jackets and tailored outfits were present on several catwalks.
Trend: WHITE SHIRT
The white shirt was everywhere on the SS/16 runways; not in its classic, buttoned-down version, but re-styled in original tops, skirts and wrap-around dresses. You might not be very comfortable, but it’s a sure way to make a fashion statement.
Trend: VIVID COLOURS
Unsurprisingly, colour dominates the scene for next spring and summer. Vibrant and bold reds, oranges, yellows, blues and greens were the colour palettes of choice of several collections, from Hugo Boss to Altuzzarra and Roland Mouret. Collections that presented the ‘Romantic’ and ‘Victorian’ themes were in more subtle and pastel hues, with pink leading the way.