Spring sensations: Trends for 2016 fresh from N.Y. Fashion Week

October 12, 2015

Angel Sanchez ss 2016 at New York Fashion Week Sept. 2015

NEW 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.

Unlike 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.

Some 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:

Island 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.

Hippie 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.

Carefree 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.

Seeing stripes: Thick or thin, horizontal or vertical, multicolored, or black and white, stripes wallpapered styles from head to toe.

Show 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.

Pajama 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 dresses.

Fresh 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.



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