Love high fashion, but not sure how to use the latest trends in your upcoming collection? Maybe you’re almost finished with your collection, but you want to add some last-minute Fashion Week flair. The most popular trends from the Spring/Summer 2016 runways are already showing up in stores and on the streets, and they’re all surprisingly easy to integrate into your designs. Our most recent Style Watch showcased five of the hottest looks we saw on the runways for the upcoming season, and now we’re here with some simple tips to help you add some of that haute magic to your collection.
Your target customer doesn’t have to be an ultra-feminine girly-girl to use one of this season’s hottest color trends. Pink has shown up in the collections of designers like Tome and Jason Wu, and was a Fashion Week street style hit for Spring/Summer 2016. Use a soft pink like Pantone’s Rose Quartz in chiffon or organza to stay on trend and add an ethereal quality to your collection.
Of all of the Fashion Week trends we’ve seen this season, the preppy look is one of the easiest to implement because of how timeless and effortlessly fashionable it is. Cotton button-down Oxford shirts will give your collection a classic and collegiate-cool vibe, or go full-on country club prep with wool sweaters and cotton tennis skirts in white, khaki, and navy hues (see Pantone’s Snorkel Blue for this season’s perfect navy),or Lilly Pullitzer-esque pastels seen in Ralph Lauren’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection. Pair with some 1970s-inspired items or add funky embellishments to turn up the volume on your look– it’s hard to go wrong with this classic style!
This classic embellishment has been revamped for Spring/Summer 2016 to become one of the hottest trends of the season. Designers like Miu Miu, Balmain, and Giambattista Valli took ruffles to a new level with soft, flowing cascades of chiffon, or stacked layers of leather frills. The ruffle of the season is looser and slouchier for a more laid-back look, while still maintaining the beauty and femininity that make them a favorite for designers. Soften up your collection with some relaxed chiffon or taffeta frills, or take a page out of Alexander McQueen’s book and use leather for an edgier aesthetic.
One of the prettiest and most comfortable-looking trends comes from intimates-inspired collections from Calvin Klein and Givenchy, who brought bedroom glam and the Golden Age together in the form of long robes and flowing Old Hollywood-style satin gowns on the runways this season. Looking for a more practical way to implement sleepwear-chic into your collection? Try a satin chemise-style top or line the inside of blazer or a pair of trousers with silk for a soft and subtle nod to this trend.
Tiaras were among the more unexpected trends during Fashion Week, and one of the most talked about. Whether the look you’re going for is Holly Golightly or Sailor Moon, it’s surprisingly easy to add this fun trend to your accessory arsenal. A simple circlet that wraps around the forehead can create a delicate, whimsical element to your look without venturing too far into fairy princess territory, while the dramatic, pointed headpieces featured at Louis Vuitton are more evocative of an out-of-this-world anime girl. No matter which of the tiara trends you’re trying to emulate this season, the best way to implement this accessory is with confidence.
Mix and match some of these trends to find the right look for your collection, and have fun with it! After all, isn’t that the whole point?