Hello again Fashionistas!
It’s time for a round 2 edit to go through last weekend’s shows and see what some of the great new Spring 2016 concepts are!
I hope you have been enjoying New York’s fashion week as much as I have. It gets me super excited to get through the winter and be ready for “what’s in store” literally when the snow melts.
In my previous article, I hi-lighted some of the first shows of last week and there was definitely a trend to a much more clean lined sophistication—lots of architectural shapes and cut-outs. Lots of white with just some limited bright pops of color—each designer keying in on a signature color to put the cherry on top of their collections.
Through-out the weekend, many of my favorite shows had a much more soft and romantic feel in their collections—more beautiful drape, additions of shimmery charmeuse and sequined fabrics, pretty mid-tone feminine colors, soft prints---you’ll see the difference…..
Beautifully restrained prints on soft butter cream ground colors look so delicious and pairing them up with beautiful blueberry and raspberry shades is even more decadent
Already you can see the difference from earlier NYFS collections. The colors in Jill Stuart’s palette for the season are so lovely. They look almost edible.
One key trend you’ll see through-out spring is a lot of bare midriffs. Between plenty of pretty sporty bra tops, body con and flouncy strapless bandeaus---there is a high-light on the midriff. I also love the front slit wide leg pants. These look so new.
Plenty of feminine shapes from Jill Stuart for Spring 2016
With her use of charmeuse and lady-like shapes from the dirndle skirt, to the slip cami, and, and the cold shoulder dress that evokes an “Art Deco” era there is a vintage feel in her modern approach to the collection.
Nude to pale colors are predominant in our favorite body con designer’s collection
Leger’s signature body-conscious bandage dresses continue on for his loyal following. There was an abundance of strappy shoulder detailing as well as strapless dressing—plenty of reasons to show off sexy shoulders.
What I wasn’t expecting was THIS!!!!
OMG!!! For those of us who love Leger’s signature look, these styles were a bit of a departure, but I am so in love with the 2 piece pant sets! Shades of the ’70! How could anyone modernize the ‘70’s pantsuit and make it look so tasty! This is genius. And his other fun detail was the window-pane patternwork with floral—such a fun whimsical detail on his body-con dresses. Bravo!
No one can say modern essentials for Spring 2016 any better than this!
Fashionistas, TRUST ME when I tell you, this is what you’ll be seeing at all of the mass and update retailers as core silhouettes for Spring 2016—culottes, an easy boxy woven blouse, an easy tank dress, slim tee, paperbag waist skirt, sexy drapey woven cami, relaxed wide leg pants, and a spring weight anorak. We have just identified your new wardrobe staples. Tibi did a great job of nailing must have easy pieces. I am certain that from Banana Republic, Zara, to H&M---this is what we’ll see as far as key silhouettes. And once again—notice the clean palette of white and champagne.
Tibi does fashion updates too!
So now we take a look at a bit more on the fashion elements of Tibi. What I love are the seemingly fall dark colors of burgundy and olive combined with spring friendly brights.
Also, notice that the same core essential pieces when colored up in burgundy and black and given a sheen of bling fabric turns up the wow factor on otherwise basic bodies.
And the sporty aspects of fun color-blocking as well as athletic bodies like an anorak and drawstring funnel get amped up to dress up wear and by using fun feminine tech fabrics—some with sheen.
If anyone can make lace look fun and fresh, it’s this bridal wear designer who uses her skill on her RTW line.
First let’s just say COLOR!!!!! How beautiful is her use of color in this collection? Then let’s move on to my retraction in regards to lace. I know I said I was so tired of seeing lace and that it was down-trending its way right out of fashion because it is so saturated in the market, but if a designer can make it look new and different—it’s my perogative to call a spade a spade and change my mind. What a fun way to update lace out of its traditional vintage and bohemian look. I love seeing it in these kicky colors of pool blue and watermelon fruit and rind all in one! The printing on top of lace is also a fun technique.
A focus on shape—we return to some modern architectural silhouettes
Lhuillier also gives us her more clean lined styles that inject plenty of saturated colors in crisp fabrics. I love all of the sharp lines and the strapless styles (and again notice—more shoulder and midriff exposure). I think my favorite here is the first dress that is layered over something white. In my mind, I would make the under-piece an easy knit short and turn this into a more casual outfit.
So now you’ve seen some of the designers who really seemed to make a mark for the season when it comes to the more feminine side of style. I love both the modern clean lines and the soft feminine shapes. There’s something for everyone when it comes to shape and color. And if there’s any one great take-away from this—definitely get your core essentials ready for Spring 2016—you know what they’re going to be!!!
About the author
Tina Trevino is the Senior Design Director of KBL Group Intl. Ltd. in NYC and manages their large creative design team and Director Community Relations for Latin Business Today. She shares all of her insight on upcoming fashion trends for the season with her team to start the collaborative design process. The company specializes in sweaters, knits and wovens. It provides product for ladies, men, contemporary, jr, and children. Tina specializes in coordinating directly with large US retailers to design exactly into their targeted customer needs. With many years under her belt in the industry, she has also gained the ability to go beyond the fashion component and help to work through sourcing, fitting, production and merchandising issues as well.