The comprehensive guide to SS16 trends

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By Wei Yeen Loh

The comprehensive guide to SS16 trends

Lingerie luxe

The memo was clear this season: bringing boudoir from the bedroom to the runways, evident with Haider Ackermann’s rock-infused pink slips that were paired with tough, leather jackets and booties, Céline’s beautiful silk camisoles, along with Calvin Klein and Alexander Wang’s full-length lingerie-like dresses.


Cold shoulder treatment

If designers’ intention was to bare some skin for spring/summer, they did it the chic-est way possible—by exposing a little bit of shoulder with cold-shoulder tops. Wes Gordon’s sunshine yellow top was cut-out precisely; Issa’s all-white and Proenza Schouler’s all-black dresses were languid and summery; while Givenchy channeled the same with a gold, couture-like confection.


Elevated denim

Denim is no longer a staple piece that’s casual and laidback for the weekend only. This season, high fashion denim is made for all occasions: Marc Jacobs’ star-spangled outfit with printed denim, Alexander McQueen’s shredded and cuffed jeans, Versus’s edgy bomber jacket, and Chanel’s old school skater jeans.


Spanish influences

From flamenco ruffles to brilliant red hues at Proenza Schouler, Oscar de la Renta, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Blugirl, Latin influences have got us clamouring for summertime at Seville this season.


Futuristic metallics

While inspiration more often than not comes from the past decades, there were post-apocalyptic elements on the runways that had plenty of high-shine courtesy of metallic silver and experimental materials, seen at Iris Van Herpen, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, and Maison Margiela.


Exaggerated sleeves

Whether Victorian-era puffy sleeves or contemporary bishop sleeves, designers injected both ornate and minimalistic silhouettes in sleeves, noted at JW Anderson (mutton sleeves), Fendi (ultra chic bishop), Dior (exaggeratedly wide sleeves) and Céline (full sleeves).


Going low-slung

We thought we’d see the end of this 90s trend, but the low-slung pants have been riding high on designers’ lists this season, especially with labels that offer cool and casual street-chic pieces such as Isabel Marant and Derek Lam; whereas a luxe vibe was exuded at Balenciaga and Ann Demeulemeester. 


Pink for spring

A worthy springtime colour, pinks of all sorts came to play in SS16’s palettes. Light coral with salmon undertones reign at Temperley and Mara Hoffman, and blush pink had a scene at Emporio Armani and Roberto Cavalli.


Square peg

60s mod, square-toed footwear is making a comeback this season, with a fresh spin to designs such as Tory Burch’s sculpted slingback heel, JW Anderson’s oxford-like heels, Céline’s monochromatic ankle boots and Paco Rabanne’s rugged boots.


Slouchy knapsacks

A great thing about this purse trend is its fuss-free, practically weightless feel to it, yet it looks super chic when held by hand especially with various colour, print and tasseled (or chained!) options; spotted at Marni, Louis Vuitton, JW Anderson and Calvin Klein.

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