A new season of shows brings a plethora of new trends that have evolved into an attitude heavy style. Whether designers were having fun with cartoon prints, coloured fur or sequins, or explored more serious style in the form of military trends, androgyny or Cubism, looks were all tinged with a touch of rebellion. Explore the top ten trends from the Autumn/Winter 2016 Ready-to-Wear runways, and pick the style inspiration that works for you.
1. Cartoon Prints
Cartoon placement prints made a trend-worthy appearance at the Autumn/Winter 2016 shows. Graphics that were spotted on the bags at Spring/Summer 2016 runways have grown bolder and moved to jumpers, skirts, dresses and more. As you would expect, Jeremy Scott is right on board with this fun and nostalgic trend, both at his eponymous label and Moschino. MGSM and House of Holland were also fans, adding artistic cartoons to their designs.
2. Coloured Furs
You may have a coloured pom pom hanging off a key chain on your bag but have you tried dressing like one? Well the models on this season’s catwalks have, and they looked fabulous! Coloured faux fur made a stylish statement at numerous houses for fall. Whether it was pastel pink at Gucci, blue at Oscar de le Renta or multi-coloured at House of Holland and Fendi, keeping warm never looked so cool.
Fashion and art always go hand-in-hand and this season is no exception. Labels such as Escada, Tori Burch and Marni showcased the influential art style of Cubism in their fall creations. Massimo Giorgetti even sent Cubism inspired, luxe, satin pyjamas down the Emilio Pucci runway, paired perfectly with knee-high boots of course.
4. Dress Over Jumper Styling
Wearing a slip dress over a t-shirt may have cut it for spring but autumn demands a little more planning and styling. Wearing a dress over a jumper is not only on-trend this season it’s also down right practical for cooler weather. The runways of House of Holland and Escada got it right by allowing the jumper to add warmth underneath while the dress maintained the feminine silhouette on top. Etro and Mulberry went one step further by adding a matching scarf and pants, respectively, to create two perfect examples of layering.
5. 70’s Maxi Dresses
The 70’s maxi dresses married dreamy nostalgia with a grunge twist this season. Coloured florals were grounded with tones of black, and lace details were added for sensuality. Just Cavalli and Jill Stuart keep things rock chic whilst Etro added a touch of romance with fine lace. Dolce and Gabbana also brought its own version of the 70’s maxi, true to form with large botanical prints and feminine pops of colour.
6. Girl-Boy Loose Fit Suits
Androgynous dressing is by no means a new concept, but the irresistible look of a woman in a powerful and masculine suit is something that designers cannot escape from. The updated version features loose tailoring and oversized proportions. Alexander McQueen reigned the shape in with buckled straps on pants and clean lines on blazers. Gucci also took a more polished approach while Bottega Veneta and Tibi let it all hang out with an extra scoop of attitude.
Colour palettes received an award winning makeover for Autumn/Winter 2016. Gold, silver and bronze all took their place on the catwalk as metallics had a major moment. Whether it was a high-shine gold and silver, as seen at Oscar de le Renta and Peter Pilotto, or a more matte bronze and chrome, as seen at Fendi and Jil Sander, this trend sure caught our eyes.
8. Super Curls
Curly haired girls it’s time to celebrate! Wearing hair naturally is more popular than any other style this season, so if you have curls then you better set them free. The more volume the better and so what if you have a bit of frizz? Be inspired by the super curl muses at DKNY, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Gucci, and rock your curls with a “too cool to care” attitude.
Burberry traveled to the past and back again for its Autumn/Winter 2016 collection and brought a reference to the brand’s military origins. Although the original trench coat made no appearance, thick outerwear, such as a khaki coat with red binding, contained army-like details. Tibi showed similar designs whilst D&G and Gucci embraced the military trend with rope braid blazers.
10. It’s Time to Shine: All Over Sequin Dresses
Dresses received a high-shine finish for this season’s runways. Sequins were spotted glittering down the catwalk at numerous designer collections. Whether they were long sleeved and demure or spaghetti strapped and inspired by the 90’s, these dresses were made to party. The best of the bunch had hems finishing mid calf and offered a modern take on the trend. Dolce & Gabbana flawlessly combined their staple florals with their sequin looks whilst House of Holland used different colour sequins to create interesting shapes. Jil Sander and Erdem showed night-time appropriate sequins in head to toe black.