Spring is on its way and with it comes new trends, outfit combinations and colours. The evenings are lighter and the birds seem chirpier, while fashion is as directional and forward thinking as any other season (ooo the cheese). Key trends emerging include: 60's, 70's influences
Athletic/sports wear infused day wear
Here are some of my favourite collections so far:
Antonio Berardi mixed sporty elements with nostalgic femininity in a unique way for his SS16 Resort collection. He used traditonaly feminine elements you might see in bridal wear such as lace, covered buttons, and silk with athletic elements such as vents, large pockets and stripes, setting a forward tone.
Many garments had a bubble or balloon shape that sat clothing away from other garments and the wearer “I wanted to experiment with shape so that the body could move on the inside,” Antonio said.
The final shoot had a doll like feeling while keeping a sporty theme with the model showing movement in all shots.
Courrèges’s show for Spring Summer 16 was the first they had done in 13 years. Logically, the collection was made up of 15 purified designs in specific 15 fabrics on models in white ribbed bodysuits connoting a blank canvas.
A-line miniskirts referenced the geometric aesthetic of founders André and Coqueline Courrèges.
But vents, pleats and curved seams allowed movement and therefore added versatility.
Although the collection was clearly a starting point and a taster for what is now to come for the re-emerging brand, the clean, classic and clarified looks for this season are still directional and on trend for the 60’s and 70’s vibes appearing.
Wes Gordon was fascinated by the purity of colour for this collection: “It began to evolve from there–playing with these shades that aren’t dusted down,”
Small details such as hand-fraying on the contours of garments and repurposed sixties Swiss lace.
Pops of blue, red and salmon shades proved his research and interest in colour against the caramel khaki, whites and greys the foundation looks were built with.
All the looks were wearable day to day for some kind of summer event, there were elements of work, occasion and casual wear.
Gordon himself summed the collection up: “These are pieces that feel fresh, but have a soul.”
Paula Gerbase created a simple, raw, uncomplicated uniform of looks. Easy to wear basics were made catwalk worthy by adding intricate techniques and soothing textures. Clean cut lines gracefully fell of the models as they walked with stripped back makeup and fresh hair updated with a central parting braid .
The garments were relaxed, luxurious and expressed a strong sense of femininity.
Although the items were clearly made with expert tailoring processes there was still natural draping throughout the skirts and easy to wear shirts. Japanese pleated jersey offered freedom of movement in many of the looks and Japanese plonge leather made the whole collection even more desirable and extravagant.
Inspiration for the collection came from the Atlas Mountains in North Africa. The idea of a silent trek and a nomadic lifestyle also led to the simple colour palette reflecting sand, clay and rare plants.