Your Ultimate Guide To The SS16 Trends

Your Ultimate Guide To The SS16 Trends
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InStyle’s fashion features editor Hannah Rochell talks you through the SS16 trends

It's hot, at last! And it means that we can finally get stuck into SS16's coolest trends. So have a read of my ultimate guide to what’s hot this season. Hopefully this warm weather sticks around…

Maxiumum Geek

Left to right: Stella Jean, Gucci, Miu Miu

WHAT IS IT?
The most anticipated show of the season was Alessando Michele’s Gucci. Taking the lead from last season’s geek-fuelled collection, many other designers got on the bandwagon with spectacles, geometric prints and retro librarian looks.

HOW TO WEAR IT
The clue’s in the name; don’t be shy – wear top-to-toe print, colour and embellishment, but play it down with flat shoes. Make sure your hems and sleeves are long and your necklines are high.

SEEN AT
Gucci, Stella Jean, Giambattista Valli, Marni, Marco di Vincenzo, Prada, Miu Miu, Coach

Nu Tudor

Left to right: Mary Katrantzou, Louis Vuitton, J.W. Anderson

WHAT IS IT?
We saw elements of Tudor styling back in the Eighties, but this feels like a fresh new take on ruffs, quilting, puffball skirts and doublet shorts. Even J.W. Anderson's thoroughly modern collection had touches of Henry VIII in the enormous shouldered sleeves.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Don’t go too literal – if you’re opting for a puffball skirt or doublet shorts, team them with pointy feminine shoes (never long boots: panto alert!). Put all the puff in one half of your body e.g. either top OR bottom, but not both.

SEEN AT
Emilia Wickstead, Mary Katrantzou, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Giles, J.W. Anderson, Balmain

Meadows and Hedgerows

Left to right: Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, Alexander McQueen

WHAT IS IT?
Leading the pack with this trend was Erdem, whose London fashion week show was so beautiful that it made some fashion editors cry! Modesty is key, with long hems and arms an essential on the dresses adorned with very pretty, spriggy floral prints. Wild strawberry prints even became a mini-trend of their own and were spotted at Giles, Erdem and Topshop.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Keep hair natural and make-up to a minimum; you don’t want to fight for attention with those prints. If you’re tall enough, wear with flats – it looks WAY cooler.

SEEN AT
Erdem, Alexander McQueen, Emilia Wickstead, Preen, No.21, Etro, Gucci

Free Falling

Left to right: Jonathan Saunders, Balenciaga, DKNY

WHAT IS IT?
This season’s utility is less about the military and more about subtle, feminine elements like parachute silk and long utility straps - these in particular were the most widely used trend of the season; we spotted them on everything from formal jackets and fitted dresses to more expected items like parkas and cargo pants.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Pretty much any way you want, but my favourite is with a Nineties feel (see DKNY’s T-shirt under pinafore and Balenciaga’s baggy trousers) or subtly on a pretty dress (Jonathan Saunders).

SEEN AT
DKNY, Marni, Hunter Original, Bottega Veneta, Lanvin, Jonathan Saunders, Balenciaga, Givenchy

Frill Seeker

Left to right: Philosophy, Peter Pilotto, Chloe

WHAT IS IT?
There was a soft feminine feel to the whole season, with nothing too hard or edgy out there at all. Frills and ruffles were present all over the place, as were light pastel colours and gauzy fabrics. You'll find elements of this trend in pretty much every collection for SS16.

HOW TO WEAR IT
On a pretty dress. Consider your wedding season sorted this year.

SEEN AT
Peter Pilotto, Chloe, Alexander McQueen, Giles, Dries Van Noten, Kenzo, Preen, Philosophy

Daytime Disco

Left to right: Loewe, Ellery, Marco de Vincenzo

WHAT IS IT?
Silver and gold fabrics, holograms and plenty of sparkle were styled with a daytime vibe, worn with casual items like T-shirts, sweaters and chunky flat shoes. I particularly loved the tin foil-like crumpled fabrics at Ellery and the holograms at Marco de Vincenzo.

HOW TO WEAR IT
If you only buy one big trend this season, make it a pair of silver trousers. I had a pair in 1995 and they were surprisingly easy to style – just sling on a white T-shirt and trainers.

SEEN AT
Preen, Louis Vuitton, Ashish, Ellery, Christopher Kane, Loewe, Marco De Vincenzo, Emilio Pucci

 
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