Fall Fashion 2016: Our Complete Guide to the Top 10 Trends of the Season
The summer sun may still be shining, but fall is ready to breeze onto the scene with its bounty of fresh finds. From wild prints to luxe streetwear, fashion shows its many faces this season. Where should you spend your dolla dolla bills this fall? A killer coat is a great place to start.
Whether you choose an oversized puffer à la Balenciaga or a bright leather trench like Céline’s cornflower blue version, a statement topper should top your must-haves list. After all, first impressions are everything. Street chic continues to reign on the sidewalk with slouchy hoodies, slogan tees and 90s-inspired accessories taking a walk around the block.
For those looking to show off their softer side, the latest dark romance looks featuring billowing sleeves and frills are guaranteed to make your heart race. Metallics are having a moment too. Silver and gold foil looks, ranging from trench coats to tricked-out gowns, will catapult your style game into a whole other universe.
When it comes to erogenous zones, designers aren’t shrugging off the exposed shoulders trend any time soon. A continuation from spring 2016, this chic look has street style star written all over it. And we can’t talk about star power without giving props to the Kardashians for (almost) single handedly bringing back the corset belt (Hello waist training). This fall, everything is cinched—all hail the hourglass.
Before you head out to the shops with credit card(s) in hand, scroll through our Fall 2016 trend roundup for a little pre-shopping inspo.
Hold onto your hats – the fashion world is in a state of flux. From the rush of buy-now-wear-now shows to designers playing music chairs at fashion houses, it’s little wonder that prints in riotous colours are on the rise this season.
Gone are the days when a print piece involved just rudimentary shapes, florals and animal designs – Fall 2016 was all about mishmashing two (or more) patterns into one look. And the wilder, the better. Exhibit A: Mary Katrantzou. Known for her fantastical prints, the London-based designer didn’t hold back this season and plastered hearts, stars, flames, chevrons and scrollwork on everything from cowboy-inspired shirt dresses to tulle ball gowns.
Clashing patterns in different textures also confirmed designers’ mastery over fashion. While Nicholas Ghesquière layered a saran wrap-like dress over a plaid polo shirt and checkered pencil skirt at Louis Vuitton, Fausto Puglisi and Carven pieced embroidered and embellished materials (each in different prints!) into one dress. This season, carpe diem and jump into the mix of wild prints, colours and textures, because judging from the Fall 2016 collections, there is no such thing as too much.
Midriffs are still having a moment, thanks to ‘90s-inspired crop tops on the runways, but this season shoulders are head and shoulders above the rest. As the erogenous zone du jour, there isn’t a red carpet event or street style moment where shoulder-baring outfits are not present. Heck, there isn’t even a clothing store right now that doesn’t offer the style—so don’t store away this go-to summer piece just yet.
A continuation of spring 2016, shoulder-baring tops and dresses à la Jacquemus and Miu Miu float into fall alongside fresh, new takes like Moschino’s street-meets-chic layers. Move over, legs and side boobs. When it comes to making a strong, sexy statement, you have nothing on exposed shoulders. Nada.
With September being the January of fashion and all, ring in the new season with an eye-catching wardrobe. But instead of waiting for the holidays to take out your glitziest outfits, seize the moment and rock fall’s texture message—shimmer and shine—at the turn of the season.
This fall, don’t feel the need to resort to dark and moody colours. Designers like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors put the pedal to the metal with silver and gold foil looks that say “out of this world.” But if you’re not game to step out in sequinned pants or an embellished gown, grab a little inspo from Lanvin or Opening Ceremony to see how to work the shimmery look as statement outerwear. Worn day or night, metallics give a turbo boost to a wardrobe running on empty.
There’s no question that velvet is the material du jour. A fabric with royal and aristocratic roots, this season’s designers stayed away from its former baroque-like state (read: brocade) for a sleeker, modern take. Think slip dresses and suits in this season’s luxe jewel tones. From majestic suits at Haider Ackermann and Roberto Cavalli to opulent gowns at Dries Van Noten and Ralph Lauren, nothing says grandeur quite like velvet. This eveningwear staple also adds a sumptuous spin to outerwear, and Vetements is proof.
With velvet holding royal ties, embrace your inner queen in this season’s lush pieces. Whether you choose to wrap yourself in a golden slip dress à la Valentino or hit the party circuit in an emerald green suit, a lustrous surface adds depth and drama to your fall wardrobe.
Like high school, the fashion world has cool kids that everybody worships. Vetements head designer (and artistic director at Balenciaga) Demna Gvasalia is one of them and is ruling the runways with his influential and innovative sartorial point of view. His infamous slouchy, oversized outerwear, cheeky slogan hoodies and ‘90s-inspired accessories are not only street style bait, but also an A-list fave with everyone from Taylor Swift to Céline Dion sporting these pieces.
The Vetements vibe has brought streetwear to a whole other level, and clearly other designers are listening. While cool labels like Alexander Wang and DKNY are no strangers to logo-heavy and athleisure looks, it seems like fashion houses like Louis Vuitton and Chloé are gaining street cred with their moto-inspired looks. All hail the Vetements Influence.
Romance continues to fill the air even as mercury levels drop. Spring’s ethereal Victorian-inspired looks have spilled onto fall’s runways, looking more romantic and sultry than ever. Clearly, tiers, ruffles and lace are still having a mega moment.
Full sleeves and frills were also present; a throwback to a bygone era linked to love letters rather than LinkedIN. From sheer and sexy at Gucci to modest minimalism at Kenzo, there is a romantic-inspired look for everyone this season. Delicate numbers like Rodarte’s dark romantic ruffles and Blumarine’s floral prints show off fall’s softer side.
A killer coat is the gateway to cool girldom—lucky for us, the outerwear scene is blanketed with standout cold-weather options. Fendi and Max Mara’s fuzzy fur toppers are a cozy way to ward off winter’s chill (faux or fo’ real), but the latest sleeping bag-like puffers à la Marques Almeida and Balenciaga make surviving sub-zero temps a whole lot cooler. If the temperatures haven’t hit below freezing just yet, cover up with this season’s Super Girl-worthy capes in unexpected hues, as seen at Gucci. If there’s ever a time to invest in a show-stopping coat, it’s now. From colour splashed furs to tricked-out trenches, it’s easy to make your grand entrance (or exit) in style.
Who doesn’t dream of rolling out of bed and rocking sleepwear all day? Lucky for us, designers have declared that sexy undergarments for day are now de rigueur. Corsets and bustiers may be from a bygone era, but thanks to Kim K, cinched waists have squeezed into the spotlight again. Take cues from Balmain and Alexander McQueen and style one over a dress, or wear it over a basic white top for an everyday look (and avoid any NSFW run-ins). When it comes to outerwear, keep your winter coat in check with a lace-up corset as seen at Prada. Any way you wear them, these statement pieces add a subtle subversive touch.
Bare shouldered looks continue to reign, but bold shouldered jackets and tops are having a moment as well. Think ‘80s shoulder pads, but double the size and height. Case in point: Saint Laurent’s statement jackets are worthy of any Disney villainess’s wardrobe.
Linebacker-inspired jackets and shirts are also living large this season. Call it power dressing 2.0, these strong angular looks say “I mean business.” From exaggerated silhouettes at Vetements and Kenzo to romantic puffs at Prada, this trend won’t be shrugged off anytime soon.
Accessories are a cool way to punctuate your look with personality, and judging from the Fall 2016 runways, this season’s best Insta-stars include everything from It bags to arty baubles.
Considering that smartphones are glued to our hands, the latest bags are perfect for our tech-obsessed world. From Prada’s multiple cross-body bags to Céline’s modern fanny pack, fall is all about the hands-free bag for busy fingers—Snapchat, anyone?
Footwear has reached new heights with this season’s extreme Frankensteinian styles. The bright pops of colour (at Marc Jacobs) and wallpaper-inspired prints (at Rochas) step things up even more. When it comes to street style bait, a good ear game can whip photographers into a fashion frenzy. Like modern works of art, statement singles have serious ROI. Invest in a sleek drop or a sculptural hoop.