No year without a good game of musical chairs, right?! In 2016 too designers moved and groved their way around the international fashion scene. Some sad goodbyes, some fresh new beginnings. Let’s discuss the biggest players (movers & shakers) of this year’s musical chairs edition.
Consuelo Castiglioni is leaving the Italian brand she founded with her husband Gianni in 1994. The Marni spring 2017 collection she showed in Milan was her last. A replacement has already been named: Francesco Risso joins from Prada.
Peter Dundas leaves Roberto Cavalli after just three seasons. Dundas was poached from Emilio Pucci to breathe new life into Roberto Cavalli, where he had previously served as head designer from 2002 to 2005. The Ss2017 collection was Dundas’ final for Roberto Cavalli, which is undergoing some major changes in ownership and leadership.
In August Calvin Klein officially confirmed the hire of Raf Simons as its new chief creative officer. Following a three-year stint as creative director at Dior, the move marks Simons first foray into American fashion and a new chapter for Calvin Klein.
Back in July it was announced Christian Dior had lured Maria Grazia Chiuri away from Valentino. In September she already sent out her first work for the brand and delivered a feminist statement with it.
Another fashion filled year is almost coming to end. But before we completely conclude 2016 we´d like to look back on some of this year´s highlights. Catwalk trends, beauty experiments and streetstyle fads that defined 2016. Highlights of a year in style you at least have to go through one more time, before you move on to fresh plans and new adventures. Some fashion fun to enjoy the final countdown. Let´s recap 2016!
Here are 10 trends we loved in 2016.
10. Denim, bombers, bags; anything covered in patches (in the shape of stars, donuts, pizza´s, unicorns, avocado´s, lips) was sure to deliver a sensational, contemporary #ootd
9. The oversized hoodie added a sportive coolness to just about any look (yes, even combined with a faux fur coat).
8. Off shoulder ruffle tops (bye bye crop tops) became a big hit in summer, summer, summertime.
7. The classic white shirt was given a little twist by major designers and DIY fanatics.
6. Bright colors & busy prints made their way back into the game (bye bye minimalism).
5. Anything velvet was sure to generate some oohs and ahhs (even in summer). From booties to chokers.
4. Leopard prints turned into the chicest of prints thanks to designers like Dries van Noten, Givenchy and Prada. Roarr!
3. The puffer jacket (gone posh) in statement red (Drake style) or pastel pink. A hit item that started off as a gimmick, but eventually was here to stay.
2. The metallic pleated skirt (as seen at Lanvin and Gucci) preferably paired with some basic black loafers (see 1.)
1. No look was more on trend than Gucci’s granny look (pleated skirt, loafers, tied blouse, retro glasses, a Dionysus bag and a baret) and basically all things Gucci became best sellers in 2016.
Like many trends military influences come and go every few years. Remember the military hype in 2013? Three years later army inspired coats are having a moment again. Major brands like Prada, Marni and Maison Martin Margiela introduced a woolen army green military coat in their fall/winter collections. Coats that are tough yet sexy and feminine at the same time. They breathe power and strength because they’re double breasted and long. They have large collars and big pockets. Yet the cinched waists give them some elegancy as well. Making the military coat the ultimate item to top of a festive winter look. Gucci slippers, Burlington socks, a shiny Margiela skirt topped off with a red lined Burberry number. Tough love.
Sure we love the fact that we’re finally able to rock our faux furs, teddies and lammies. But try cycling the city for a bit in this bloody winter cold! A ride that asks for multiple layers, a scarf, a beanie and a pair of good old gloves. Let’s cover up! A pair of black leather gloves comes in handy and will surely help you through the winter. And why not try a pair of (knitted or faux fur) mittens for a change? Burgundy gloves seem to be a good match with just about any f/w outfit. A pair of fingerless gloves will make sure you’re still able to operate your smartphone. And if these options don’t suit your taste (or you’ve lost one of your gloves like we do all the time) just opt for some ultra long sleeves (another big trend this season) like Linda Tol in our gallery above and you’re good to go.
After that impressive Acne shearling coat from last year had every it-girl craving for shearling is a big trend this fall. From Balenciaga to Sacai; the big brands are introducing their sheepskin ideas for the new season. From black sheep to trend setter; the new shearling jackets are adding instant coolness to your look. And oversized (hello Marc Jacobs) with XL collars they’ll keep be the ultimate shelter to any winter storm. Whether worn with mesh tights (Burberry), bare legs (Margiela) or a bright red pleated skirt (Balenciage); there’s no denying it’s coolness. We put biker jackets with a shearling lining on top of our wishlist. Biker sheep.. eh chic. Will you become that wolf in sheep’s clothing too?
We’d seen Lady Gaga (walking the Marc Jacobs fall/winter show) tumbling on shoes even more bizarre and towering than this. But for Marc Jacobs to make this kind of shoe statement was rather surprising. Patent leather, platform soled and preferably worn over the knee. The kind of shoes only David Bowie would know how to pull off. Yet as crazy as they may look, other designers like Margiela, Balenciaga and Westwood walked the same shoe path leading up to one of this season’s shoe trends; the patent leather ankle boot with a chunky heel. It might be a far cry from Marc Jacobs’ catwalk shown shoe porn, but at least you know where it all started. Release your inner Spice girl. These patent leather, platform boots were made for walking.
For his last Saint Laurent Paris collection Hedi Slimane focused on the shoulder ending his presentation with a series of one sleeves party tops and dresses. Sharp and pointy shoulders we haven’t seen in a while, breathing power and sex appeal. And not just Hedi decided we could do without that second shoulder/sleeve Isabel Marant, Lanvin and Moschino too weighed in on the trend. Particularly suitable for party occasions and a nice chance to show off some collar bone, fancy necklace or eye catching, asymmetric earparty. One of one.
Who knew the white shirt would ever be THE hit item of a complete fashion week season? Well, it happened during the SS2017 presentations. The crispy white shirt popped up in every city. Looking slightly different every single time; the classic white shirt revisited or deconstructed even. The widest sleeves, ruffles and tule in the mix. Worn off shoulder, with unbuttoned cuffs the oversized white shirt got some extra sex appeal too. Looking to join in on the fun? You can even borrow your boyfriend’s favorite shirt (blue stripes and light blue shirt support this trend too) and have some fun with it. with your initials on the cuffs or some catchy phrase at the back you’ll give this wardrobe classic a contemporary, personal and unique touch.
From bright pink and fluffy to sophisticated suede; it’s cape o’clock! Layer it up like some of our streetstyle heroes or show some leg like Anna dello Russo and Hailey Baldwin. And it’s not just London that’s cape town this winter. This fall/winter item looks equally chic on a Parisienne. Just pick a cape to match your cool. Pink grisley, navajo or little red riding hood? A cosy capelet goes a long way.
Biker chic just arrived at another level. Designers like McQueen, Valentino and Gucci have been experimenting with this wardrobe essential. Altering it’s proportions from girly to oversized and puffy. Patches and studs add even more originality and then think about the thousand ways to wear it! Paired with a black skinny like all the models (at work) or over some culottes like they do in Paris. Wear it over your favorite winter jumper or combine it with a maxi dress. And even on a night out in town the tough yet sexy black leather biker jacket is your best company. Biker style winter 2016.