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Fashion Trends for Spring/Summer 2016

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Next summer will be a season of contrasts. Less will most definitely be more, with long Nineties dresses à la Kate Moss, lingerie details, pyjama cuts and delicate sheer fabrics. At the same time, a certain singularity is coming to the fore, with attention-grabbing, light-reflecting textures, shiny silver finishes, a move towards tribal, graphic prints and rainbow stripes. A concentration of styles, from emerging trends to established looks, as we fast forward to Spring 2016.

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The Slip Dress: A 1990s revival is on the cards for Spring/Summer 2016, as designers reappropriate the white spaghetti strap dress beloved of icons of the era like Kate Moss and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy. Nightdress-style silk slips ran the spectrum from snow white to nude, via delicate pastels in the softest hues.

Left to right: Calvin Klein Collection, Saint Laurent and Burberry Prorsum

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Black and White Tribal:
 A recurrence of tribal motifs was omnipresent in black and white. Céline, Valentino and Junya Watanabe created a fashion equation that equaled folklore style plus graphic efficiency.

Left to right: Céline, Junya Watanabe and Valentino

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Military Khaki:
 Uniform styling made a big comeback during the collections, with military design codes reinterpreted for the girls mainly in khaki, at Anthony Vaccarello, Céline and Versace.

Left to right: Anthony Vaccarello, Céline and Versace

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Sleepwear:
 Pyjamas all day is a new style aspiration, as designers twisted and modernized a classic into ready-to-wear. Cut from the finest silks, finished with piping or Japanese motifs, next summer’s reinterpretation of the pyjama brings sleepwear out of the bedroom in what will be more than a fashion reverie.

Left to right: Etro, Loewe and Dolce & Gabbana

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Lamé:
 Super fluid lamé is light as a feather in summer sunlight, with light-reflecting metallics taking in silver, copper and gold.

Left to right: Vanessa Seward, Saint Laurent and Isabel Marant

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Sheer:
 With Maison Margiela, Dior and Miu Miu all jumping on transparency, designers showed once again how to play with the art of suggestion through subtly worked sheer textures and peekaboo cuts that left just enough to the imagination.

Left to right: Dior, Miu Miu and Maison Margiela

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Silver:
 Whether it’s mirror effects and light-reflecting glass shards at Loewe, a shower of iridescent crystals at Chanel or galactic leathers at Courrèges, expect to invest in metallic silver next summer.

Left to right: Chanel, Loewe and Courrèges

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Red, White and Blue: 
When sports style hits the runway, Olympic red, white and blue blend with high-tech fabrics in a contemporary update to retro toweling. Dynamic athleticism for cool runnings sportswear.

Left to right: Lacoste, Ralph Lauren Collection and Marc Jacobs

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Lingerie Details:
 The biggest trend of the season, lingerie accents were all over the runways. Think sheer textures, lace, silks and satins that skim the body to lay sensuality bare vintage details.

Left to right: Givenchy, Céline and Balenciaga

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Rainbow stripes: 
From the rainbow colors at Chloé to Prada’s geometric Technicolor vision, via candy shades at Salvatore Ferragamo, blocky stripes were a graphic catwalk sensation.

From left to right: Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada and Chloé

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The boho dress: 
Next Summer will be all about lightness, lace, sheerness, romantic pleats and long dresses that dance in the breeze. In short, a bohemian, evanescent new form of style hedonism.

From left to right: Alberta Ferretti, Michael Kors Collection et Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

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Tribal motifs:
 Inspired by far-off lands, ancestral rituals and folk art, the tribal trend exploded on the catwalk in a mash-up of ethnic prints and mineral colors.

From left to right: Isabel Marant, Alberta Ferretti et Valentino

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Disco sequins:
 Some serious sparkle hit the runway at Lanvin, Nina Ricci and Vêtements, as designers ramped up the iridescence to disco-ball levels. Get ready to shine next summer, as head-to-toe sequins and pailettes move from club to sidewalk.

From left to right: Lanvin, Nina Ricci and Vêtements

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Seventies suits:
 Even though Summer 2016 is all about the 1990s, the 1970s are still inspiring designers, most notably in tailoring. Alessandro Michele twisted Bianca Jagger’s signature piece into emerald brocade at Gucci, while Vanessa Seward added kaleidoscope prints and Marc Jacobs sent red and black striped suiting down the catwalk.

From left to right: Marc Jacobs, Gucci and Vanessa Seward

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The tutu:
 With extra-long transparent tulle at Miu Miu, volume at Louis Vuitton and sheer chiffons at Lanvin, ballet goes beyond your barre class to take fashion by storm, bringing a little airiness and refinement to the trends for Summer 2016.

From left to right: Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton and Lanvin

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Feathers:
 Seen in the airy breath of a multitude of yellow, red and black feathers woven into a Nineties slip dress at Proenza, the delicate leather dresses at Nina Ricci and the conceptual looks that were pure Comme des Garçons on the catwalk.

From left to right: Proenza Schouler, Comme des Garçons and Nina Ricci

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Silver fringing: 
The common denominator at Loewe, Mugler and Valentino, was metallic fringing that played with the light; from super futurist silver foil threads, to a deluge of studs on leather and two-tone trompe-l’œil pleats.

From left to right: Loewe, Mugler and Valentino

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Stars:
 From sporty dresses to knit mariner sweaters via a fringed lamé jacket, fashion flew the Stars and Stripes during the collections. An astrological reverie is in the stars for next summer.

From left to right: Marc Jacobs, Max Mara and Lacoste

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The jumpsuit:
 From Isabel Marant’s sunny new reworking, to a more androgynous version at Louis Vuitton via Ralph Lauren’s polished uptown girl, the jumpsuit is sticking around for next summer. Wear loose or skinny-belted.

From left to right: Louis Vuitton, Isabel Marant and Ralph Lauren Collection

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Red:
 Patent, lacquered, scarlet, matte or silky, red is hands down the color of the season and set to raise the temperature next summer.

From left to right: Fendi, Nina Ricci and Hermès

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Mesh:
 Echoing this season’s futurism, mesh took centre stage in a graphic manner, in a riff on Mad Max-era Tina Turner, Cloud Atlas and Grace Jones in Conan the Barbarian, as the girls took on space-warrior personas in a nod to Heroic Fantasy.

From left to right: Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Valentino

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Leopard:
 A fixture of urban dressing, Diana Vreeland’s signature print combines daytime cool with evening glamour in one swipe of the leopard’s paw.

From left to right: Bottega Veneta, Versace and Roberto Cavalli

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Breton Stripes Revised:
 Revisited in moss green at Ralph Lauren, zig-zag stripes at Giorgio Armani and slouchy satin at Alexander Wang, riffs on Breton stripes are most certainly still with us for Spring/Summer 2016.

From left to right: Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani et Alexander Wang

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