Sanchez ss 2016 at New York Fashion Week Sept.
YORK — There was lots to talk about after the recent
New York Fashion Week: new venues, plenty of parties,
sensational street style. But designers’ collections
for spring/summer 2016 were the true talk of the town.
some seasons when almost everything looks like designers
sipped from the same pool of inspiration, this one was
swimming in variety. There were nods to Paris and the
Far and Middle East, eclectic print mashups, goddesses,
sportswear, sensual sheers, sexy swim looks, watercolor
florals, dazzling embellishments, something for the
downtown cool girl, and a laundry list of other things.
trends turned up more than others, making them the ones
most likely to complete the journey from runway to store
rack early next year. Here’s a roundup of trends to
look forward to:
musings: Many designers channeled for spring the vibrant
shades and easygoing spirit of the Caribbean. (This may
be tied to the opening of Cuba to Americans.) Designers
did it justice with hibiscus prints, colorful crocheted
pieces, bucket hats and citrus shades.
chic: Styles plucked from the ’70s are everywhere this
season — and they’re probably not going anywhere in
2016, either. Boho maxis, flared pants, fringed hemlines
and tie-dyed patterns are among the retro references
that could stick around for a while.
colors: Popular palettes included warm, feel-good hues
such as tranquil blues, buttery yellows and pale pinks
paired with common neutrals. There also was the
occasional classic monochromatic design done in pure
white or black.
stripes: Thick or thin, horizontal or vertical,
multicolored, or black and white, stripes wallpapered
styles from head to toe.
some shoulder: Peel off winter’s bulky layers and
reveal some skin. Many dresses, tops and jumpsuits
skimmed the collarbone, displaying the decolletage,
while others played peek-a-boo with shoulder cutouts.
party: Fashion’s fondness for cozy-chic clothes is
nothing new. In recent years, the trend has been
interpreted as casual-luxe combinations (a chunky
sweater or fitted sweatshirt paired with a flowing
skirt, for example), gym-to-street athleisure wear and
chunky sneakers paired with anything. It had its moment
on the runways of New York Fashion Week: Men’s in
July. Next year, expect to see it refreshed for women as
pajama separates and rompers suitable for everyday wear,
robe-inspired toppers, piping details and silky slip
faces: This spring is for the girl on the go who doesn’t
want a complicated makeup routine to cut in on her
warm-weather fun. For many shows, cosmetics were kept
simple: a little foundation and concealer for coverage,
a defined brow, a light lip and a sweep of something
soft across the eyelids. Some makeup artists even sent
models out onto the runway without mascara or blush.