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SS16 Overview

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SS16 Overview

As promised, as soon as the final bow was taken in Paris we've been busy putting together the trends, themes and directions for Spring Summer 2016.

First up,

Festival Dressing - '90's style - where Hedi Slimane leads others will surely follow.  His Saint Laurent collection showed '90's style slip dresses, beaten up leather jackets and mini tiaras with every look.  Lanvin also went with this vibe as did Paco Rabanne using sequins on its slips.


If a grungey festival isn't your '90's thing then maybe Sportswear is..?  Many of the big names nodded towards it with details such as side stripes, piping and zip-up tops seen at Chloe and Vetements.


Silver was the metallic finish of the season and popped up all over the place - Lacoste, Paco Rabanne, Isabel Marant and Victoria Beckham to name just four.


Along with metallics, many designers opted for a primary brights colour palette including Chanel, Marni and Stella McCartney.


Crochet - by the time next Spring rolls around we'll (probably) be well and truly over the '70's styling all over the High Street at the moment. However, when Olivier Rousteing sent his Balmain Army of models down the catwalk in crochet dresses, maxi skirts, mini skirts and a variety of crochet inserts, you can be sure that will trickle it's way down and we'll all be wearing it (as long as a Kardashian / Jenner doesn't beat us to it and ruin the look for evermore...)


Not everyone had a lot of love for the Valentino collection, which was branded as "crass" on Twitter as it took inspiration from "Africa" which some found bemusing due to it's size, but it looked good (although the models' cornrows may have been a step too far).


Sleeves - were either full of volume as seen at Dior and Lanvin, or off-the-shoulder as seen just about everywhere else! (Below we have J Crew, Prabul Guring and Sonia Rykiel).  Obviously, an off-the-shoulder style will free up plenty of space for a statement necklace!


Accessories - often a well-placed accessory can update a look without having to go to the expense of committing to an entirely new outfit.

One of the biggest jewellery trends was the super-sized choker - both Dior and Balmain showed them as well as JW Anderson.

Another big trend was the use of multiple bags in one outfit as seen at Kenzo and JW Anderson but also at Dolce & Gabbana.  

At Dior long ribbons were tied into hair...

...and at Prada earrings were huge baubles...

Fingers crossed if you've been following our catwalk updates and you've read this report, you've now got a bit of an idea of what will heading into the shops as soon as the Christmas sales tat has been cleared away!

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Last update: Oct 16, 2015


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