With Fashion week all around the continents coming and going, trends have found their place in the hearts and wardrobes of all fashion lovers- whether on the street or in the work place. The average stylish woman no matter her budget, always finds a way to show off trends without having to build up their wardrobe from scratch. That’s a skill we all need to have dusted by now!… That and knowing clearly what suits your body. Know your body and what works with it- silhouettes, accessories, cuts.
Lauren Santo Domingo, a cofounder of Modaoperandi.com, the upscale fashion site advises that you: “Find your celebrity doppelgänger,” This is a site that sells to wealthy socialites so she knows a thing or two. Like the fact that “Celebrities generally have highly paid stylists advising them on everything from colors to silhouettes,” she notes. “Why not learn from the professionals?”Santo Domingo is all about identifying a star who not only has a style you admire but also has a build similar to yours. Good advice there. One that makes your job a whole lot easier although fitting these style senses to your particular lifestyle is also a consideration.
So before picking up these trends, we advice you take a look at your wardrobe and your body type. If you’re small-boned with an athletic body, you’ll have no problem carrying off Balenciaga’s over-size tailored shirts, which is key this season. It’s a look you can easily put together with pieces you already own from your closet. You may even want to leave your shirttails hanging loose for total runway authenticity!
So here are 10 trends we believe will make a difference not just in 2016 but right into summer next year:
Florals have become sort of a staple for most, some of us venturing in slowly and cautiously, but the way designers approach the print is where the real story lays. For Spring, that means big, bold, graphic and colorful from the runways of Balenciaga, Gucci and more. That’s how we love them too and you know that no matter your dress size, one of these prints gets you!
2-Stripes made in lovely primary colors, racing flag checks and athleisure inspired silhouettes from Fendi, Off-White and Sonia Rykiel- the speed racer silhouettes for the sporty chic.
3-Airy intricate lacey whites and florals all in white go beyond the wedding gown designs we love to see on the runway of the likes of De la Renta but are now off the aisle and into the wardrobes of dainty party-goers everywhere!
4-Printed, patch-worked, sweeping, ruched and layered dresses at Cavalli, Chloé and Loewe are awesome for any one! This trend is one we are sure will be around for a while with cuts that offer the wearer so much grace and comfort coupled with style! There’s always a cut for every body type.
5. Think Pink- The color for Spring is doubtlessly any shade of pink—a hard pill to swallow for some but in the deft hands of Phoebe Philo at Celine and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino, these rosy hues are all about strong femininity and not girlish misgivings.
Think pink – for some it may be sugared almond, dusty rose or bubblegum; but the Paris catwalks defiantly dictated fuchsia. We saw it at Topshop on pointed stilettos, at Bottega Veneta in the form of a hot pink leather mackintosh, then came out loud and proud at usually neutral Hermès, with a stunning tulle skirted evening gown. Valentino capped it with its cape/dress hybrid, tight at the neck to elegant effect, What’s your flavour?
6-The white poplin shirt is still going strong especially on the streets with adventurous, uneven cuts and button downs as tops and dresses at the Dior, Jil Sander and more.
7-Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia sparked a denim revolution with his reconstructed vintage jeans, which have become a favorite among the street-style set. Wear them with a statement shoe for optimum impact. If the looks outside the shows on the streets are any indication, fashion lovers love nothing more than great jeans. Designers are happy to comply for Spring, with head-to-toe denim at Gucci and Versus Versace and boyfriend jeans at Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana.
8-Deconstructed Shirting- A trend that began in New York and didn’t let up. The best were oversized and loud at Marques’Almeida, one-shouldered and sexy at Victoria Beckham, naïve and eccentrically cut at Jacquemus. Monse, Tome and Alexander Wang also added spins on the trend, chopping them up and adding extra sleeves and collars and cuffs. If you don’t have a blue striped shirt in your wardrobe now, buy one, and do the buttons up wrong !
9- Wearable heels- Kitten Heels and boots in walkable heels are all laid out for the taking. Flatforms were a popular shape on the catwalk, but the kitten heels have it and here’s why: the French street style set are all wearing them. Their options dabble into the classic black slingbacks from Prada, two-toned reissues from Chanel or tiny Céline pointed pumps. Regardless, we all know that where the French style set leads, we follow. At Dior they were branded and at Loewe they were quite funky. Studded boots with a walkable heel—as seen on Natasha Poly—struck the right balance of fashion and function also.
10- Velvet Everything
Velvet is so hot a fabric in the trends-meter that if you don’t have them in shoes, a jacket or outfit like the jumpsuit above, then you need to brave it and go shopping. I know some people have to warm into this trend but just watch the street style set and place your velvet piece to suit you. Try to play it with a safe neutral tone unless you intend to put up an appearance that gets people talking!
So we have it as promised! 10 trends we know will be around for a while and ways to work them into your wardrobes like the stylish pros you are!