What can we learn from a month of catwalk shows? Stylist's Executive Fashion Director Kitty McGee has the answer in 8 key trends.
1. ULTRA GIRLY
Some designers toughened up sickly sweet dresses with leather, cut-outs and hardware, but for the main part there was a super-feminine moment on the runways where designers embraced femininity in a big way; think pink and pastels, delicate florals, neat ruffles, lots lace and unashamed prettiness.
One of the stand-out collections for this trend was Christian Dior, where Raf Simmons focused on femininity, fragility and sensitivity. A spring garden, complete with a vast wall of 400,000 blue delphiniums, was the backdrop to a show filled with the softest pinks, scalloped edges, chemise tops and delicate rows of buttons and undulating silk pleats.
2. FLIGHTS OF FANCY
Travel was the key mood of the season, with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino and Phoebe Philo at Celine among the designers who evoked the nomadic spirit for their collections. 'Chanel Airlines' was the perfect setting for this trend on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week.
3. SUNSET SHADES
This mood started in New York where everything from show invitations to presentation settings and collections were inspired by colours of the setting summer sun. Orange was the standout colour and highlights included Prabal Gurung, Jonathan Saunders, Max Mara and Marni.
The ocean proved a huge inspiration for designers this season, with designers plundering everything from nautical stripes, fisherman's jumpers and rope prints to shells and sea creatures, appearing in embroidery and appliqué as at Gucci and Emilio Pucci.
In Paris Carven was inspired by the urban mermaid and in London Sophia Webster hosted a mermaid-themed presentation full of iridescent fabrics, sequins and even pool-tiled sandals.
Designers deconstructed everything from tailoring to trousers, an edgy, modern and directional trend that worked best on monochrome pieces. Blazers at Joseph, Jil Sander, Calvin Klein and Proenza Schouler were dismantled and built up with a new silhouette, while jumpers, tops, trousers and dresses were hapzardly slashed to reveal flashes of skin.
6. CIRCLE MOTIFS
Embroidered, appliqued, printed, eyelet - circles were everywhere at Fashion Week. Even shoe buckles and earrings at Prada were circular, it’s the stand-out motif for SS16.
7. NINETIES NOSTALGIA
Get ready for a revival. The slip dress, the rucksack, the tracksuit, the baseball cap... designers showed so many variations of '90s relics, the decade is impossible to ignore for spring/summer. Highlights included '90s rave inspirations at Christopher Kane and Brit pop era-inspired sportswear at Chloe.
8. ECCENTRIC BOHEMIA
With her pearl-studded heels, jewel-embellished gloves, embroidered separates and multicoloured lace dresses, the kooky Gucci girl perfectly embodies this trend. It also came into its own at Prada, where skirt suits were accompanied with a wealth of outlandish accessories and signature embellishments, such as dangly Christmas-tree style bauble earrings were worn with elegant low-heeled shoes.
THE MICRO TRENDS:
Nighttime for daytime
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