By Layla Sheikh
Ever-romantic for Spring, ruffles filled runways for this season. They were seen in the collections of numerous designers such as Gucci, Jason Wu, JW Anderson, Michael Kors, Miu Miu and Mary Katranzou to name a few.
Mary Katranzou went for a more structured peplum style with rigid ruffles, whereas Zimmerman adopted a more delicate look, with softer colours and a thinner, less structured fabric. Jason Wu used a more neat and clean approach, with clean folds and clean cuts.
Ruffles such as the ones seen in Zimmerman’s collection will always give a flowing, feminine and eloquent feel to an outfit due to the nature of their shape and the way they move with the body, and this is perfect for the season. Regardless of the interpretation, whether the colours and ruffles are soft or hard, big or small, it is clear that it will be a major trend for SS16
As they do every spring, florals have crept their way onto the runways of SS16. Undeniably predictable, but ever so fitting for the season. The print was seen on the runways of Michael Kors, Phillip Lim and Diane von Furstenberg/ British designers Preen and Topshop took a soft approach to incorporating floral prints into their designs, using light colours and meadow flowers, whereas botanical motifs used a more geometric, dark floral print.
Coach used more of a busy ‘grandma’s sofa’ type of floral print in their collection. Florals will never fail to appear on the runways of Spring/Summer collections in some form. Phillip Lim even sent flower seeds with the invitations to his show this year to try and enhance the experience and allow the guests to really embrace the mood of the show.
Every cloud has a silver lining has a silver lining!
This is ones for the magpies amongst us. Shiny, silver and reflective metallic fabrics were seen on the runways of this season. The simple change of colour from plain to silver changes the look of a garment completely. This futuristic trend can be used on minor details as Louis Vuitton displayed in one of their collection’s dresses, or on a whole item of clothing like Lacoste’s silver jumpsuit.
JW Anderson took the trend more literally, with one of their men’s jumpers having broken mirror pieces stuck on to it, which are undeniably useful for hair/makeup checks (ladies, buy it for your significant other
Brush Your Shoulders Off
Bare midriff? No. Bare shoulders. Judging from this seasons runway collections; shoulders are the new ‘thing’. Seen in the collections of Edun, the Row, Proenza Schouler, Hood by Air and Peter Pilotto to name a few, it is quite clear that bare shoulders are a trend in this year’s SS16 runways. Sexy yet modest, this trend is easy to wear and effortlessly chic. Designers have incorporated this trend into numerous different styles, whether it’s a 70s vibe, ball gown or everyday top.