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The New Year is often fused with a time of self-reflection. As we anticipate the clock striking midnight on December 31st many of us succumb to nostalgia. We look back at the last 365 days remembering significant moments, appreciating achievements, celebrating our successes, hopefully learning from failures and possibly cringing at regrets. Following this period of reflection, we can look to the New Year with wide-eyed optimism as a fresh start, a chance to hit the reset button and hopefully get it right this time around. Our wardrobes are not exempt from such analysis.
2015 was the year we wholeheartedly embraced athleisure, we laced up the fronts of our tops, dresses and sandals, fell in love with the cold shoulder, decked ourselves in head to toe denim, got ourselves into some fringing, flirted with folk dresses and wore white sneakers with everything.
Looking to 2016, and we can expect our shoulders to stay bare and our footwear to remain comfortable. It’s our laced up pieces, fringed numbers and folk style dresses calling for retirement as we introduce fresh new silhouettes and styles. The biggest looks from the Spring 2016 shows to shape our wardrobe will be:
Narcisco Rodriguez Spring 2016
Sensual, Slinky and oh-so-sexy slip dresses appeared on the runways of Celine, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent. The simple slip dresses often trimmed with eyelash or French lace are so bedroom worthy that if you dare to wear you may be asked if you left the house in a hurry. Expect to see lingerie inspired soft fabrics, trims and fastenings across all dresses, tops, skirts, shorts and robe style jackets.
Dolce and Gabbana Spring 2016
The stripe made a bold statement this season. No longer exclusively reserved for classic Breton tops and sweaters, we saw the stripe take on a new angle of the vertical kind. Vertical stripes featured in a variety of colour combinations from red and navy at Dior, candy stripes of white and green at Dolce and Gabbana to the stunning multi-coloured dresses at Chloe and Salvatore Ferragamo. And although the vertical stripe was the shining star, the horizontal stripe also featured on many runways suggesting that the only rule for stripes in 2016 is the bolder the better.
Lanvin Spring 2016
Ruffles featured on most spring runways in varying forms and influences. From soft romantic frills at Gucci, Oscar de la Renta and Roberto Cavalli to Edwardian inspired pieces at Erdem and Latin flavoured styles at Dolce and Gabbana and Alexander McQueen. The variety and broad offering point to ruffle having a significant moment this year.
Chanel Spring RTW 2016
In direct contrast to flirty negligees, we can expect to see a more modest approach to dressing in the form of layering. It’s not just your traditional form of layering by piling on cardigans and belts over dresses and tights as seen on the Dries Van Noten and Christopher Kane spring runways . The houses of Chanel and Miu Miu inspired a new directional approach in the form of soft skirts and dresses over pants. 2016 is turning its back on minimalism with a mantra of more is more.
Low and Wide
Michael Kors Spring 2016
It would appear that 2015’s love affair with the flare has evolved into the low rise, wide leg pant. Say goodbye to you skinny cigarette pants in favour of the hip hugging relaxed pants as featured on the runways of Chanel, Chloe, Rosie Assoulin, Michael Kors, Derek Lam and Tibi. Marques Almeida also showing low slung maxi skirts teamed back with relaxed crewnecks. 2016 is the year to relax.
Anthony Vaccarello Spring 2016
2016 is our time to sparkle and inspiration shouldn’t be hard to find. Sequins of all colours and sizes glittered their way across the runways including Marni, Lanvin, Emilio Pucci, Sonia Rykiel and Marc Jacobs. And these little dazzlers shouldn’t be saved for a night on the town. Houses such as Lanvin paired sparkling dresses back with dressed down parkas and flats, to help transition these PM pieces to day.
2016 is looking good.
About the Author;
A senior womenswear buyer, lecturer, key note speaker and founder of Style Retailer. Lauren Jones has over 10 years buying experience, working across department store, David Jones and youth sector retailers General Pants co. and Glue Store. Specialising in women’s denim and fashion, Lauren has forged a successful career, consistently driving strong sales and margin result in a rapidly evolving landscape. Drawing on this experience, Lauren created Style Retailer, a fashion consultation business designed to help major retailers and independents alike drive competitive advantage and growth through solid buying practices.
Lauren also uses her vast experience to lecture at Sydney’s FBI Fashion College, teaching both Fashion Buying and Advanced Fashion Buying courses. Lauren is also a regular speaker at the Fashion Exposed seminars in Melbourne and Sydney and a regular contributor to leading fashion publications.
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