Spring Summer 2016 Trends You Need On Your Radar

Bragging Rights: Next Season's Big SS16 Trends To Namecheck Now


by Grazia |

Is it ever too soon to think about the big spring/summer 2016 trends switcharoo? We don’t know why you’d even question it: the latest trends from the recent round of runway shows have us as psyched as we were, well, six months ago when the previous season presented itself.

SS16 is shaping up to be one heck of a ride and the show as spectacle was key. We witnessed wash-away dresses at Hussein Chalayan, big bands and Ziegfield follies at Marc Jacobs, zen-like Marina Abramovic art installations at Givenchy – this time in New York, dancing models at Opening Ceremony, transgender casting all over the shop, women carrying women as rucksacks at Rick Owens… there was no shortage of moments.

And no shortage of wildly differently looks either. Designers offered showgirls and good girls, bad girls and tomboys. There were girls who want to flash their undies and girls who want to keep everything under-wraps. Chicks who rock and chicks who want to go the library. Babes who bask in the colours of high summer and those who will only be happy when it rains. Surfers, city slickers, eco warriors, uptown and upscale… if you can’t locate your spiritual sartorial home within the collections, we’ll eat our (new) black tailored blazers.

After a (miniscule) breather following the FROW action, we’ve pored over the pics again to bring you the trends that will fill the slots as next season’s headline acts…

SS16 TREND: Underwear as Outerwear

L-R: Givenchy by Ricardo Tisci, Saint Laurent, Burberry Prosum, Balenciaga

Nightwear as daywear, underwear as outerwear, these designers elevated luxury undies to proper garms. Most often worn with black tailoring for grounding.


L-R: Lanvin, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Loewe

Pledge your allegiance in the most obvious, instagrammable way poss: with a recognisable - or new - logo. Lanvin's graffitied up party frocks, Chanel joined a particularly haute mile high club with CC Airways, Vuitton used the heritage motifs for moto jackets, whilst J.W. Anderson introduced a fresh take on Loewe's labelling.

SS16 TREND: Clashing Colours

L-R: Gucci, Miu Miu, Dries Van Noten

The granny-takes-a-trip vibes from AW15 have segued into spring. Whatever you do, don't ever attempt to match anything. Ever. Clash to your heart's content. Layer with wild abandon. Get creative.

SS16 TREND: Spring Knitwear

L-R: Balmain, Celine, Victoria Beckham, Rodarte, Valentino

From scultped summer dresses to full on fishnet vests there's plenty of updated knitwear action on the runways of SS15. We predict the pleated versions from Celine will fly.

SS16 TREND: Cold Shoulder Tops, Dresses, Shirts...

L-R: Erdem, Preen, Roland Mouret, Giambattista Valli

Unequivocally the sexiest slice of skin to show for SS16, the shoulder is fashion's new erogneous zonus maximus. Especially when accompanied by a halter-strap. And really, who has fat shoulders? No-one. We're thrilled.

SS16 TREND: Black Tailoring

L-R: Versus, Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, Chloe, Dior

Finally - a 1990s trend that doesn't feel like (try)hard work. Black tailoring in all it's serious glory was a staple, if unexpected, part of the spring line-up for many of the industry's most influential designers. A great way to offset the lingerie trend, as we mentioned earlier, but just as applicable to any other trend going, too.

SS16 TREND: Citrus Brights

L-R: Altuzarra, Fendi, Prabal Gurung, Marques'Almeida, Paul Smith

Did the previous black tailoring trend FREAK YOU OUT? Well calm down. There is lightness and brightness to the new season collections and it most comes in the form of these happy sunset tones or citrus brights, if you will. Orange is looking like the juiciest option for fashion forward ladies.

SS16 TREND: Stipes, Checks, Spots Are The New FLorals

L-R: Jonathan Saunders, Roksanda, Prada, Thomas Tait, Stella McCartney

Florals? What ruddy florals? The pretty posies have been usurped for SS16 thanks to this graphic brigade of lines, checks and spots. They break new ground in fresh colourways and blown proportions or unusual renderings - see Thomas Tait's porthole peekaboo embroidery for starters.

SS16 TREND: Statement Leather Jackets

L-R: Coach, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Louis Vuitton

Leather jackets are back - but definitely not as you know them. In bright hues, patchworked suede or intricately appliqued and tasselled (who could resist swishing around in that Marc Jacobs look attached?) your transseasonal wardrobe will be forever grateful for the investment.


L-R: Oscar de la Renta, Mary Katrantzou, Salvatore Ferragamo, Peter Pilotto

Some were big. Some were small. Some were structured. Some were free to be breezy. Some were head to toe. Some were but a fluttering trim. Whatever the scale or intentions of these SS16 frills they were, quite simply, EVERYWHERE.


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Not just a touch of metallic, this is a wash - for any occasion - paired with crisp whites and punctuated by dashes of yellow. And the trousers! Low-slung and tailored at Paul & Joe, wide-legged and high-shine at Loewe, or reimaginings of familiar shapes - Lacoste's '90s combats and Moschino's spray-on pedal pushers.


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From the delicate - pale lemon tiers at Burberry Prorsum, quivering petals of cornflower blue at Preen - to the vibrant: cue Moschino's citrus stripes, and the embellished, this season's lace takes centre stage.


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However you wear them - adding softness (see Gucci's frothy pink confection), structure (Proenza's nipped-in sashes), or theatre (Gareth Pugh's gift wrapping) - it's the season to tie it up in a bow.

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