Hello again, everyone! As you may or may not know, New York Fashion Week (NYFW) just ended and gave us an idea of what the fall/winter 2016 trends are going to be. Now, I didn't watch every single show, but I watched I think 19 or so. I don't think I could sit and watch anymore because I noticed (as I was taking notes) that the themes were getting repetitive. I mean, there are only so many times you want to write "sheer." For this piece, I'm not going to go over every show I watched individually; I'm going to highlight the trends. That's what you want to know, right? I'll also mention some random things related to fashion that I noticed really early on in my viewings.
*The men's stuff in the videos I watched was a total flop, so I'm not even going there!
I want to share a couple of thoughts I had while watching some of the shows before I get started with the trends:
(1) Some of the shows I watched looked like the 80s and 90s had been thrown in a blender and bedazzled. I won't mention which shows, but if you watched any, you know what I'm talking about. It's just a little too much for the eyes. I'm guessing the designers had one too many energy drinks ;)
(2) On a more serious note, I thought that a majority of the models were way too thin; some looked like skeletons. I mention this because some of the other cities in which fashion weeks are held have instated certain health requirements for models. They can't be too thin. I feel like the United States doesn't want to get away from that look, but it is imperative that we do. It does nothing for the body image of young girls and women. The "ideal" needs to change and it needs to do so sooner rather than later. (Off my soap box)
Throughout the shows that I watched there were definitely some common themes. I'm going on the record to say that these will probably be the trends for this coming Fall and Winter :)
Some designers had very colorful collections while others were more subdued with pops of color. Top colors I noted: Black, white (and after Labor Day? I like it.), Rose quartz, Serenity (blue), Bodacious (purple), Sharkskin (gray), Cabernet (deep red), Green Oasis (mossy green), and a variety of browns. For more, check out Pantone's color reports!
Boots were everywhere and in every style. Ankle boots, rain boots, and winter boots (heels and no heels) to be exact. The material composition varied as well.
If you aren't a fan of fringe, I hate to tell you that it's not going away any time soon. It was everywhere for the F/W 2016 clothing lines. I don't wear a lot of finge (well, pretty much never), but I considered it one time back last fall when Kimonos with fringe were coming out. I later thought better of that idea because you know...cats.
There were lots of different fabrics used throughout the many shows for the week, and sometimes multiple textured fabrics appeared in one outfit. There were tweeds, houndstooth, velvety
Several designers used 3D pieces that were raised from the original material. I like the look of this specifically because of the dimension the pieces add to the overall look.
Lots and lots of fur was seen throughout the shows. There were collars, entire coats, cuffs, edgings, etc. Normally when you think of faux fur you think of whites and browns, but this year, along with the browns and whites, there were colorful faux furs.
And, yes, sunglasses are an 'in' accessory for this season. Most of the styles are still big, but some also had a little 80s/90s pizzazz added as well.
As you can see from the photos below, you know there is a lot of print mixing going on. There was plaid with 60s/70s-like print; there was geometric print with floral prints--you name it--it was probably there somewhere. Don't get me wrong, I like print mixing, but sometimes it's a little too much going on.
I don't really know what else to call this trend other than neck tying---neck ties was a bit misleading. I first didn't think anything of them because I thought, "surely not." Well, I was wrong, they kept showing up. Maybe it's something more in the place of jewelry. If you don't have jewelry or having an extra amount of fabric around your neck, this is definitely a trend for you.
It looks like flowy is still in for Fall and Winter this time. The sheer fabrics used lended themselves well to a flowy nature. The flowiness was seen in skirts, shirts, dresses, pants, you name it.
We have a little bit of everything in this category. Some things are returning while others aren't.
Long Charm Necklaces
Sometimes designers get things wrong, but sometimes it's bad wrong.
1. Men in florals. No words.
2. Furry Nails--There are no words for this either.
3. Channeling Truffula trees. I can see a resemblance here.
4. Platform Shoes. These definitely don't need to come back, but they were seen in more than one show.
5. Coats made out of Christmas tree garland. Nope.
6. Crazy hair clips from your childhood. Remember those plastic clips? Yeah. They need to stay there...in your memory.
7. And last....Star Wars like outfits.
Alrighty. So that's my assessment of the NYFW Fall/Winter 2016 shows. While I personally, don't like many of the outfits presented, I'm sure I'm far outnumbered. Maybe I just don't have that appreciation for certain fashion styles. I will have to say, though, Marchesa and Reem Acra won my heart. <3<3 Gorgeousness!
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.