With fashion month over and hundreds of shows to pick from, we’ve curated the top ten highlights of Spring/Summer 2016. Your new fashion season starts here
The Trend: Geek Chic
It is back for another season but is focusing more on the chic element! Think Jenna Lyons – creative director of J Crew. This trend is less granny and more glamorous geek. Look to Gucci for inspiration in being sensibly sparkly.
The Styling Note: Off The Shoulder Tops
Off the shoulder tops featured prominently on the catwalk from Balmain to Proenza Schuler. This is such a simple and easy way to pick up on a new trend and work it into your everyday wardrobe, from a strapless dress to an off-the-shoulder top.
The Label: Hill & Friends
Ex-Mulberry creative director Emma Hill is back with her new accessories line. The brand plays on a strong English heritage, with most of the products being made in Somerset. Not dissimilar to Mulberry, the bags come in a range of colours and styles in beautiful soft leather and suede. The signature of the brand is the winking face on the postman lock – showing the fun nature of this label.
The Show: Chanel
Without doubt Karl Lagerfeld knows how to put on a show. It was hard to forget last season, where he debuted his collection in Brasserie Gabrielle. This season he transformed the main gallery of the Grand Palais into a chic departure lounge – Chanel airlines; with guests’ invitations designed as boarding passes. The attention to detail was as exquisite as expected; from Chanel luggage to ‘Porte No 5’ for boarding.
The Bag: Burberry Backpack
The personalised Burberry backpack proved that the stylish yet practical accessory is here to stay. There was nothing basic about these luxe bags, with gold chains and embroidery detailing. Every model featured a bag personalised with their initials. Back-to-school chic.
The Shoe: Flatform Sandal
Everyone’s favourite ugly shoe is back again, seen everywhere from Giambattista Valli to Chanel. However, the difference this season is the shoe is more lightweight – less clumpy. Think Greek sandal meets flatform.
The Jewellery: Oversized Earrings
Go big or go home was the message from the catwalks next season. Designers were not shy of splashing out the jewellery, especially when it came to oversized earrings – the bigger, the better. Large jewelled studs can work well in the daytime, as they don’t look too dramatic. Whereas statement chandelier earrings can glamorise any outfit for the evening.
The Key Piece: Prairie Dress
From Erdem to Valentino to Alexander McQueen. This is the item of the season, so make this your investment piece. If you don’t want to look overly girly with all the frills, team your prairie dress with chunky boots and a leather jacket for a tough grungier look.