Trend Forecast: AW16
Posted on 12 July 2016
The spirt and atmosphere of London Fashion Week is always infectious and this year was no exception. The catwalks were awash with maximalist prints, dark romantic textures and haberdashery details. Even though we are in the throws of summer it's never to early to start thinking about your autumn/winter wardrobe, so we’re rounding up some of the trends you can expect to see when temperatures begin to plummet.
Outerwear was huge on the AW16 catwalks - literally. Marques Almeida stole the show with larger than life puffer jackets and huge duvet style coats. Topshop Unique went with oversized military-influenced overcoats in earthy colours and luxe pony skin with a generous helping of fur collars.
Alexander McQueen's eiderdown coats had the front-row in awe while Burberry sidelined their classic trench in favour of oversized pea coats in a luxurious grey-scale.
Next season, sequins are set to be reinvented, taking classic cocktails dressing to a new level. At Preen, show stopping sequins were either layered under diaphanous silk dresses as hidden body slips or worn loud and proud in hot pink teamed with a fluffy, candy floss style overcoat.
From the showgirl dresses and slinky separates of Preen to the short shift dresses from Burberry, sequins were everywhere on the catwalks and will be your party staple come Autumn.
Various designers weaved intricate embellishment and delicate embroidery onto their pieces in their latest collections. From whimsical feathers to patchwork and shearling collars, the trimmings stole the show.
The influence of patchwork could be seen in the juxtaposition of print and colour in Burberry’s latest collection while at Peter Pilotto patchwork was incorporated right into the designs through checkerboard patterns and statement fabrics.
Holly Fulton stitched abstract paisley print onto skirts, jumpsuits and dresses while Christopher Kane realised the haberdashery vibe through crochet flowers and marabou trimmings offset against techno accessories.
This year’s London Fashion Week was bold. The colours were brighter and the silhouettes were more exaggerated. At House of Holland party dresses came crafted from lacquered lace, chain-mail and iridescent rainbow leather adorned with fringing, pom-poms and sequinned jellyfish motifs.
The models at Mary Katrantzou took to the runway in playful fairground colours while the tiered tulle dresses at Molly Goddard had our inner child squealing with delight.
With an atmosphere that wouldn’t be out of place in a Victorian Gothic novel the runways of Simone Rocha and Alexander McQueen with layers of black lace and poetic ruffles.
Citing the photographs of Deborah Turbeville and the Seventies Italian classic The Night Porter, Roksanda unveiled a brooding heroine with a sinister streak as the inspiration for her latest collection. Layering was key to the dark romantic looks at Preen, with sheer silks paired with heavy velvet lightened with lace and waspish corsets worn over weightless dresses.