1. Modern Masters, Graceful Edginess and Off the Shoulder Styles
Vogue and WsgnFashion forecast some of the main themes dominating spring/summer 2016. Modern Masters focuses on Haute Couture’s attention to detail and the art of luxurious craftsmanship. Graceful Edginess shows soft yet modern styles; layered lace, satins, precise pleats and sheer materials with delicate details in washed-out tones, creating a fresh aesthetic. Off the Shoulder sexy silhouettes for the exotic and daring reveal shoulder bearing styles emphasized with ruffles, embellishments and cut outs Old Hollywood combines styles of unfussy feminity, ladylike dresses, modern metallics and red carpet glamour while finally Luxe leisure lies in oversized luxe sport, a combination of leisure and sporty in soft palettes and cosmetic hues
2. Seasonal Color Expressions and Palettes
Reds, Pinks and Blush include scarlet and burgundy showing in Lanvin and Chloe while blush champagne and quartz appear in Giorgio Armani, Stella McCartney and Roberto Cavalli. Brighter pinks, such as raspberry punch show at Elie Saab and Louis Vuitton
Blues and Greens include serenity and aqua marine hinting at tranquil, weightless color that calms, no matter the time and space appearing in collections of Celine and Christian Dior, while more vibrant shades such as cobalt and indigo show in Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Greens this season are lush and happy showing in Nicole Miller and Emilio Pucci as well as mixed magically with blue in dark teal appearing in Altuzarra
Blacks, Whites, Grays and Navy are popular base (neutral) colors this season. Black is classic; never out of style and never off the catwalk. Nearly every show includes some black, at times, even if mixed with other colors. Whites speak of professionalism and sophistication, something that was seen heavily in 2015 and now continues with its black counterpart onto the 2016 catwalk from the runways in Paris to New York, London to Milan. When black and white feel overdone, reach for gray or navy, both returning in many collections from the fall/winter runways or add a twist by wearing any of these neutrals head to toe in a minimalistic monochromatic look
3. “Wear to Work” Trends
In Style integrates five of spring’s hottest trends into “wear to work” style; reviewing the most wearable trends that could easily meet office dress codes in both liberal workplaces or super conservative corporate environments. Trend 1-Power Dressing; “# a girl boss attitude “toward life and fashion. Think sleek pinstripes, oxfords, delicate details, tailored suits and killer heels. Trend 2-Romantic: A love for all things girly-ruffles, bows and flowers. Pare down the frills for the office, but not completely…embracing the sweeter side of life without compromising professionalism. Trend 3-Minimalism: An affinity for clean lines, crisp silhouettes, and anything free of embellishment. For the modern conservative relaxed suiting and pristine separates help up the sophistication. Trend 4-New Bohemian: A maximalist approach to dressing- lots of color embroidery and prints. To update this liberal look play with prints but keep structure in mind, mixing in classic shapes and lengths for balance. Trend 5-Cyber Punk: Involves metallics, sheers, netting and high-tech gadgets. To nail this liberal fashion-forward look scale back the drama for the office with only one statement piece.
4. Beauty, Accessories and Technology
Allure, Vogue and StyleCaster note spring/summer 2016 shows offered up two main themes when it came to beauty. First was the push and pull between minimalism and maximalism – a bare and tousled hair at one show, a gold lip and gel-slicked up-do at the next. Second was the move away from a one-fits-all look for every model, in favor of different takes on the same aesthetic adapted to suit every girl. Makeup artists embraced cerulean with the enthusiasm of Picasso in his blue period. Electric-blue liner showed at Hugo Boss and 3.1 Phillip Lim while Chloe and Pucci showed dark 90’s inspired all the way around the eyes liner. Healthy flushed cheeks show at Vivienne Tam and Narciso Rodriguez. While designers show lips in both cherry red and nude hues. Hair ranges from effortless and air dried to upgraded ponytails, messy braids and twists to fully accessorized at DVF and Rodarte
Spring/summer 2016 bags are diverse: The bag color palette to note? Think bright, primary colors: canary yellow, rich red and cobalt blue for a standout summer statement. Mini is more: keep it sleek and handheld, reach for a fold-over clutch, carry a top handle bag or pick up a detailed wide band shoulder bag, Earrings and necklaces are elongated and not necessarily matching, gemstones, beads and pearls are shown from casual to high-end along with statement pieces. Stylish hosiery, tights or socks finish the look. Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar cover shoe trends showing classic styles, ballet inspired lace ups, pointed toe and statement heels, gladiator sandals, booties and Oxford flats.
This year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition, “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” explores handmade and machine-made fashion. CES Las Vegas notes two divergent themes emerging from the category of wearable technology: functional “wearables” and their more fashion-forward comrades-“fashtech.”. Technology giants like Intel, Google and Apple are not only interested in a “developing” the wearable tech landscape but earning big profits from a very fast growing, real market. Conde Nast recently lauched digital channels and Google announced its partnership with CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) for a “Straight Off The Runway” shopping experience.
According to Business Insider, suits in menswear continue to loosen up a bit, but retain a trim fit. Suits also embrace more color, but retain a conservative style. As suits fit more conservatively, men look for other ways stand out. One of those ways will be with color, maybe a few more pinstripes and patterns, or a subtle weave in the suit, or instead of regular navy men opt for the trendier “new navy,” which is just a brighter shade. This can extend to tuxedos, as more men are predicted to explore midnight navy-blue tuxedos when attending black tie. Enjoy this article? Share comments below, follow me on twitter@ Jennifer McLeod, or receive e-mail alerts when new articles are available by clicking the subscribe button above!