Spring Trends | Straight from Fashion Month 2016

By: Jared Wyatt

As summer comes to a halt, and red carpet season slowly begins, here comes the time for designers to showcase their latest collections for the Spring. Designers in New York are just now getting used to the fall weather, but are already preparing for the warmer weather ahead in 2017 during this election season. The same political context can be found in London, as designers came to terms with Brexit, with collections full of novelty prints, denim, and more. In Milan, the usual spectacle of distinctive Italian fashion, collections full of sportswear, disco ready sequins, and military jackets walks the runways, while pops of fuschsia, tulle, and mini handbags make their way through the streets at Paris Fashion Week.

At New York Fashion Week, khaki made a stunning appearance. Designers like Carolina Herrera, Yeezy, and J.Crew used this material, styling it for ladies who lunch, and reinventing street wear.

Vacation prints also made a big imprint in collections such as Michael Kors’ collection, Boss, and Oscar de la Renta.

Reconstructed Classics
were another big trend at New York Fashion Week. Alexander Wang, and Monse were dismanteling the “old” feeling classic pieces can have. They integrated multiple elements to garments, giving way to a new lineup for those classic items.

Looks: Alexander Wang, and Monse. Photos: Vogue

Ruffles are taking shape everywhere. Along with adding an extra pep in your step, from day to evening wear, they’re a great girly touch. Jason Wu, Rachel Comey, and Altuzarra were just some of the designers featuring this flirty trend this fall. 

Looks Jason Wu, Rachel Comey, and Altuzarra. Photos: Vogue

London Fashion Week

Brexit was the big news this Summer, but London designers didn’t let that take away from their big moment. Collections full of novelty prints, denim, and like New York Fashion Week, khaki made their ways down the runway. London designers brought humor to their collections; more so than any other city during fashion week. Designers like Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou,and Peter Pilotto used familiar and off beat prints to fully establish their looks for Spring.

Looks Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, and Peter Pilotto. Photos: Vogue

Designers like J.W. Anderson reimagined khaki, creating full on utilitarian looks that were refreshing, and anything but boring.

Looks J.W. Anderson. Photos: Vogue

Brands like Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, and Versus Versace are pushing the limits of denim, and creating an original ensemble of distressed denim looks for Spring. In London, up and coming designers like Paulo Almeida and Marta Marques of the new hot brand, Marques Almeida are using denim for everything, including tops, skirts, and jackets.

Looks: Marques Almeida, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, and Versus Versace. Photos: Vogue.

Milan Fashion Week

More than any other city in fashion week, Milan led the way in the sportswear department. Brands such as Versace and Max Mara delivered their athletic inspired wear in deeper hues like purple, which happens to look good on almost every skintone. 

Looks: Versace, and Max Mara. Photos: Vogue

On Milan runways, Studio 54 back in 1977 came back in a huge way with collections from Dolce and Gabbana and Alessandro Michele of Gucci. They sent out garments that sparkled like disco balls of a gone era.

Looks: Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, and Marco de Vincenzo. Photos: Vogue

Military Jackets and inventive cuffs on traditional jackets hit Milan runway shows, adding a continued element of pageantry and glamour for the Spring.

Looks: Dsquared2, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci. Photos: Vogue

Paris Fashion Week

They always save the best for last: Paris Fashion Week. There were several new designer debuts at major fashion houses this year, including Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior, Anthony Vaccarello for Saint Laurent, and Bouchra Jarrar for Lanvin. We saw the 70s in Milan, and now the 80s are taking over as a huge trend in Paris in the form of bold blazers, underwear as outerwear, fuschia, and tiny handbags.

Bold shoulder padded blazers, and dresses; the 80s are back in fullforce at Paris fashion week.  

Looks: Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton. Photos: Vogue

Remember when “your underwear is showing?” was a major no-no? Now, it is a major yes! Thanks to labels like Nina Ricci, Giambattista Valli, and Dior, wearing underwear as outerwear is going to be a major trend this Spring.

Looks: Nina Ricci, Giambattista Valli, and Dior. Photos: Vogue

Forget Black. Forever in Fuschia is all over everyone’s lips and hips in Paris Fashion Week. Designers such as Valentino, Balenciaga, and Loewe are cementing this new trend for the season.

Looks: Valentino, Balenciaga, and Loewe. Photos: Vogue

Another hot item from Paris Fashion Week are these teeny-tiny handbags. Designers like Hermes, Valentino, and Chloe sent these super small accessories down the runway.

Looks: Hermes, and Valentino. Photos: Vogue

More sequins, more sparkle! The 80s made a huge comeback on Paris runways. Based on these dazzling numbers from Alexander McQueen, and Louis Vuitton, we might be seeing this trend hit the red carpet come January.

Looks: Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton. Photos: Vogue

It’s become a cliché; when we think of florals, we think of spring. Thanks to brands like Alexander McQueen, and Giambattista Valli, florals continue to be redesigned for pret-a-porter, and Spring collections.

Looks: Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli. Photos: Vogue

With all these new trends coming our way, we’ll need to seriously purge our closets before splurging on our favorite items this Spring. So let’s get cracking now! 

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