After an endless marathon of shows and presentations at New York and London Fashion Week, we are looking back at the common threads connecting these collections. While there were some recurring elements from the spring 2016 shows, the popular off-the-shoulder silhouette for instance, others felt more unique to this season, like the extra-long sleeves. Shiny fabrics were seen on the runways, especially lurex and velvet; coats were more dramatic and the silhouettes were creatively layered. Black was the rage at London, whereas pink was the chosen colour at New York.
Velvet is still a popular fabric on the runways of several designers as some turned to panelling and others displayed head-to-toe looks. The luxe fabric was seen on dresses and suiting, even on tracksuits in various colours – light and dark. This time around, the fabric got colourful, worked in the season’s wine tones or shimmering in pale pinks, rich golds and dazzling teal. 3.1 Phillip Lim gave velvet a refreshing spin by combining the fabric with a printed silk material, whereas Monse and M. Martin experimented with shades ranging from blush pink to olive green. Marc Jacobs went for a full gothic look, using a deep purple velvet, Prabal Gurung went with a bottle green shade for his patterned ’50s dress and Ralph Lauren chose a slinky slip dress in deep red, displaying the fabric in a lighter, free flowing form, than usual.