Spring Summer 2016 Womenswear Trends - Bright and Edgy

As the stocking ratio at fashion stores starts leaning towards Spring Summer 2016, we study what will work on the fashion high street this coming season!

By: Dimitria Vitanova and Shweta Chaudhri

Posted on: January 22, 2016

From Spanish fervor to Victorian England haughtiness, from sheer dresses to bulky jackets, spring summer 2016 spells eclectic sartorial audacity. With a mischievous bow to the retro and a reverent wink at the cutting-edge, the new season promises to be brash and thrilling, minimalistic yet lavish. Here are seven trends that denote spring 2016. 

Spanish flair
From flamenco-skirt ruffles to glaring reds, if there is a single country designers are fixing their gaze on for spring summer 2016, that is Spain. Proenza Schouler and Roberto Cavalli reinterpret passion in elegant off-the-shoulder tops, while Fendi and Alexander McQueen capture the emotion in its most akin color – red, and often balance it with unobtrusive white. 

Balmain, Louis Vuitton and Chanel opulently pile expressive frills – on skirts, dresses and blouses – to create various looks and feels – from modest femininity to hot-headed ferocity.

Alexander McQueen Spring Summer 2016 Red and White

Roberto Cavalli Spring Summer 2016 Spanish design

Fendi Spring Summer 2016 Red colour trend
Orange dare 
Orange truly is the new black. From Balmain’s all-orange silhouettes to Versace’s orange pops in busy prints, the warm hue dominates the spring summer 2016 runways in a slew of shades and interpretations. Altuzarra and Dion Lee elevate flashy orange to the ranks of formal business attire. 

Altuzarra Spring Summer 2016 orange trend

Balmain Spring Summer 2016 orange fashion

Dion Lee Spring Summer 2016 orange fashion trend

Daylight Nightwear  
What was yesterday appropriate for pajama parties is today flaunted on the street. Cotton, silk or satin, bright, nude or black, two-set pajamas and nightgowns become legitimate daywear in the collections of Alexander Wang, Givenchy, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci and others.  

Alexander Wang Spring Summer 2016 nightwear trend

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2016 nightwear fashion trend

Givenchy Spring Summer 2016 nightwear
The Sheer Romantics
Nothing brings romance to haute couture quite like sheer. Valentino and Gucci adhere to the maxim “less is more” and style lavish diaphanous looks. Combined with feathers, gems and ruffles, pastel-colored sheer conjures the radiance and grace of ingenuous youth.  

Gucci Spring Summer 2016 sheer fashion

Valentino Spring Summer 2016 sheer fashion trend  

The Suede Return 
This spring’s retro streak stretches back to the 1970s, when suede was the craze. In various cuts, hues and shapes – from jackets to singlets – suede sweeps the collections of Alberta Ferretti, Balmain and Rebecca Minkoff with an olden but golden chic. 

Alberta Ferretti Spring Summer 2016 suede fashion

Balmain Spring Summer 2016 suede fashion trend

Rebecca Minkoff Spring Summer 2016 suede

The White Shirt Makeover
Shedding the simple and modest for the sophisticated and dramatic, the white shirt undergoes a complete makeover for spring summer 2016. Boasting enticing necklines – from brazen low-cuts to full button-ups – the once basic garment is now the center piece. Adam Selman, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Balenciaga and others stand behind the white shirt’s improbable upgrade.  

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring Summer 2016 white shirt

Adam Selman Spring Summer 2016 white shirt fashion

Balenciaga Spring Summer 2016 white shirt trend

Striped dash 
Stripes – bold or delicate – rule the spring 2016 runways. From Balenciaga’s minimalistic renditions to Dolce and Gabbana’s solid layered looks, stripes frame enticing silhouettes and daring color patterns. Ageless and always modern, stripes line the collections of Gucci, Christian Dior, Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani and more. 

Christian Dior Spring Summer 2016 stripes fashion

Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2016 stripes fashion trend

Giorgio Armani Spring Summer 2016 stripes

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