The dust has settled on the S/S 16 runways, but we’re still feeling the effects of everything we saw and lusted after in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. As such, we culled the themes, silhouettes, and pieces we predict will make the most impact come next season. From delicate knife pleats to exuberant ruffles, scroll down for 12 must-know trends for spring!
Vogue.com chief critic Sarah Mower recently wrote about why the ’90s are making such a strong comeback on the runways. Her theory—or algorithm, rather—is that if you subtract 25 (the age of most rising designers) from today’s date (2015), the result is 1990. She explains that though these men and women were in their childhood years during this decade, their sense of nostalgia and longing to reminisce is why we’re seeing an uptick in ’90s-inspired fashion. Whatever the reason, it was splashed across the runways via greased hair, low-slung pants, and everything in between.
Runways from left to right: Marques’Almeida, Saint Laurent, Vetements
Bare shoulders and collarbones abounded on the spring runways. Off-the-shoulder tops, cutout gowns, and angular necklines made their way onto the catwalk in all four cities. We think the latter feels particularly fresh.
Runways from left to right: Christopher Kane, Proenza Schouler, Sacai
Are bows the new It embellishment? If you’re turning to Gucci’s Alessandro Michele or Jack and Lazaro of Proenza Schouler, all signs point to yes.
Runways from left to right: Gucci, Proenza Schouler, Mary Katrantzou
The ear lobe had quite a moment during fashion month. Everything from mismatched earrings courtesy of Phoebe Philo to Loewe’s jumbo-sized, ornate versions—we suspect it’s time to shelf our simple studs for the time being.
Runways from left to right: Céline, Derek Lam, Loewe.
It was inevitable that designers were thinking about the future, and for many, this came out in edgy metallic swaths and space-like silhouettes. It’s always an insightful experience to see different interpretations of what the future looks like, and it seems that for spring we have plenty of iterations to choose from.
Runways from left to right: Vetements, Louis Vuitton, Chanel
Look familiar? The Victorian-inspired neckline that we’ve seen everywhere as of late is sticking around for next season, but loosened up a bit and in bulkier ruffles.
Runways from left to right: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton
Traces of boudoir dressing were found in sleek nightgowns at Calvin Klein Collection and a statement pajama shirt at Alexander Wang, but we’re also gravitating toward the slip dresses with trims of lace, especially when paired with an unexpected utility boot, as seen at Céline.
Runways from left to right: Givenchy, Lanvin, Céline
Channel your inner Matador with spring’s red-hot ruffles, brocade textures, and 3D floral detailing.
Runways from left to right: Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, Michael Kors Collection
Is this the return of the hip bone? We suspect we can attribute the ladies in low-slung pants to ’90s-inspired designers, but we also saw sleek, non-grungy versions on runways like Michael Kors.
Runways from left to right: Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein Collection, Michael Kors Collection
It wouldn’t be spring without a pleat or two, and these micro versions are especially feminine-feeling.
Runways from left to right: Sonia Rykiel, Stella McCartney, Altuzarra
On the subject of spring mainstays, we can’t imagine sauntering into the season without having romantic ruffles to accompany us, and thanks to the S/S 16 runways, we won’t have to.
Runways from left to right: Proenza Schouler, Gucci, Alexander McQueen
Designers took to the luau for inspiration this spring, with fun floral, pineapple, and palm-tree prints and even the occasional lei or flower tucked behind the ear.
Runways from left to right: Victoria Beckham, Anna Suit, Paul & Joe
Which trend do you see yourself wearing this spring? Tell us in the comments, and head over to shop our fall trend guide for the current season’s stylish offerings!