AW16 Trends From Fashion Week

VELVET

The velvet tracksuit has made a comeback, stuffed into knee high leather boots on the Akris runway. Veronique Branquinho floor-length black velvet hooded dresses had a gothic Elizabethan feel, Roland Mouret had tailored the silken fabric alongside embroidered silks, Vanessa Seward models donned midnight blue Bermuda shorts with a suit jacket, and Kenzo bright violet trousers. But even Valentino was onboard, creating a smooth golden yellow roll-neck dress, and one of the most interesting pieces was Stella McCartney’s shiny copper puffer vests.

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Akris
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Roland Mouret
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Veronique Branquinho
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Valentino
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Kenzo
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Stella McCartney

RED HUES

The Akris show was all about the colour red. Inspired by Albert Kriemler’s trip to Africa, he declared, “Red is everything from orange to aubergine… Red is passion.” But he was not the only designer to be seduced by the lusty colour. Louis Vuitton featured vermillion motorcycle pants that were designed for the adventurous type, on the Off-White runway the vibrant red was found in combination with a metallic pieces, Issey Miyake produced structured pleats in crimson, and even in Milan MSGM went for the classic red and white polka dot. Meanwhile, other brands like Hermés opted for something less flashy, burgundy and plum colours that whispered ‘understated luxury.’

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Akris
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Louis Vuitton
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Issey Miyake
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Off-White
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MSGM

ANIMAL PRINTS

You would think Cruella De Vil had a hand in this season’s collections; really putting cat in catwalk, designers were all about those leopard spots and tiger stripes. Kenzo honoured their tiger mascot with tiger stripes throughout the collection in nearly every colour, Akris recreated leopard spots and tiger spots in hot red and citrus hues, and to round off the feline family No. 21 featured leopard print fur coats. An unexpected and explosive use of the print was by Mary Katrantzou in her cowboy versus princess inspired collection. But even classic Christian Dior took a walk on the wild side featuring leopard on the straps of handbags and the sides of sunglasses.

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Kenzo
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N. 21
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Akris
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Dior

RUFFLES + BOWS

Veronique Branquinho did ruffles right and went as far to powder the faces of her models to fully develop the Elizabethan look she desired. Ruffles were layered around the models necks, and sheer dresses featured rows of ruffles and velvet bows too. John Galliano also turned to an earlier era, juxtaposing feminine sheer frocks with more masculine looks featuring military jackets that framed bowed blouses. Christian Dior played with a peplum silhouette with fabric fanning from the waist elegantly, while a less refined use of ruffles was seen on the runway for Shiatzy Chen who added the frills onto trousers. JLB

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Veronique Branquinho
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John Galliano
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Shiatzy Chen