Although it feels absolutely dreadful discussing Fall fashion at this time of year, here’s all you need to know about the upcoming season!
After a long tirade of colourless garments (which coincidentally is just the way I like it), this is about to change. Though white, beige and black are still in the mix; yellow, reds and soft pinks popped up on the runways. Perhaps this will be the season to start wearing more colour? The 70’s influences are still adamant, and skin-tight clothes are a no-no (thank you, fashion God’s). The textures are soft, ranging from silks to velvet, while the big metal accessories break the “mushy” looks. I feel very inspired by this season, I’m not sure how you can’t be – the shapes and silhouettes are both contemporary yet retro, and the comfort level is HIGH. Have a look below of my predictions for the top trends of FW 2016!
Gone are the days of struggling to fit into a tight little number or looking like a member of the Ramones. Finally, oversized is in many ways taking over. While it’s been in the “now” for a while, the styling of it is changing; designers are telling us to layer oversize with oversize instead of the old rule of thumb to keep the bottoms tight while the top is oversized or the other way around. Now, I’m the first to encourage people to wear whatever they like and enjoy, but I must say I’m really happy about this look becoming more trendy. Because trendy = options when you go shopping. Just last summer I had a hard time finding wide fit trousers but I’m already seeing them start to pop up around London. Find a big coat to tuck yourself in with (Ellery), feel like you’re living inside a cloud (Christian Wijnants) or go for heavier materials paired with hard leather (Pringle of Scotland).
There was hardly a skinny jean to be seen on the runways. The three main silhouettes were varieties of the culotte (Creatures of Comfort), the wide and shapeless full-length pants (Tibi) and the awkward-length flared trousers (BLK DNM).
This season, shades of beige is used as either a nude/basic substitute (Each x Other), layered (Emilia Wickstead) or as the main “showstopper” (Hermès).
I have to give black some extra attention in this round-up. Many designers produced very strong all-black looks which is difficult to get right as the layering, textures, silhouettes and styling has to be perfect. I’m in love with the oversized Céline coat, the layering and long sleeves at Yang Li, the fantastic Jil Sander pants, the casual and undone look at Damir Doma, the low-key cyber goths at Dior and the chic and effortless feeling of Lemaire.
One of the main colours this season is red, and it was often used boldly. Pictured: Stella McCartney, Tibi and Alberta Ferretti.
As part of the 70’s revival, the turtle neck is of course a central look of the season. Either as a chunky type (Chalayan), used as a delicate layering piece (Christian Wijnants) or as a comfortable jumper (Yang Li).
I always found velvet to be a really fun texture but never really wore it. I think I’d go a bit more safe than the red look at Costume National or the pyjama style designs at Alberta Ferretti and go for a simple dark pants like at Jill Stuart.
I did a post on bum bags about a year ago and I’m intrigued to see the new designs they come up with. Of course there is the more standard version as seen at See by Chloé, but I think the miniature purse at Lemaire and the bag-like type from Céline are even more interesting.
This look can give you a tooth ache… Which is why I really loved the styling of it at Creatures of Comfort where they kind of pulled the cuteness back with a black turtleneck. Middle: Emilia Wickstead, Right: Monse.
At the end of the summer I talked about how Norwegian designer Frank Remme completely changed my mind on skinny scarves and now I find them to be really attractive accessories. There are a few different versions on the runway this season, The thick coloured scarf (Vetements), the choker type (Beaufille) and the classic skinny scarf (Francesco Scognamiglio).
Albeit a bit 80’s stripes and pinstripes were perhaps one of the main patterns for this season, often interpreted into menswear inspired looks. I like the coolness of the Max Mara look, the interesting silhouette at Jacquemus and the simple approach at Tibi.
Speaking of 80’s… Big earrings are coming back with a bang. I’m getting more and more used to the idea and now find it really fun to mix oversized clothes with larger jewellery – it’s makes for this kind of fab juxtaposition of casual comfort and cocktail party. The massive gold ones (Véronique Leroy) are perhaps a bit too much for me right now , but the solo kind at Lemaire and the long and heavy version at Alberta Ferretti are really exciting.
All white looks are still going strong. The styling at 1205 was on point, the layering at Stella McCartney was really beautiful and the simplicity presented at Tibi was aspirational.
Last but not least, yellow was a colour that really stood out on the runway. It was often used as an accent colour but moreso on its own as a real showstopper. Layered look at J. JS Lee, maxi velvet dream at Valentino and with sharp lines at Emilia Wickstead.
All images via vogue.co.uk.