The month of September brims with excitement all around the globe as the era of Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Week is upon us. The season kicked off with the NY and UK Fashion weeks, and this year, they certainly did not disappoint. As always, some looks shown off in Fashion Week were a bit more, shall we say, inaccessible (see Clown Chic from the UK Fashion Show Designer Gareth Pugh), but there were many looks that were both wearable, adorable and modest.
8 Modest (and wearable) trends spotted on the NY & UK Fashion Week Runways
1. Ruffles done right
Ruffles are at it again- and this year they are everywhere. Dresses, skirts and, blouses with ruffles at every turn filled Fashion Week both in NY and in the UK.
|Left: Marques'Almeida's first Runway Collection stole the show this year at the UK Fashion week with intense ruffles draping every look||Center: In his usual brilliance, Jason Wu united metallics and ruffles and created this beautiful look, which featured in this year's NY Fashion Week||Right: Jason Wu's flouncy, bright ruffled look was a favorite this year.|
Make it wearable: If you wear something with lots of ruffles, realize that it will be the centerpiece of your outfit. Don't bring another dominant piece into the mix that will compete with ruffles.
-If you're intense on the ruffles, go soft on the jewelry.
-Find it here.
2. Mixed Print City
Mixed prints are the move- everyone knows that. But at NY's Fashion Week Emilia Wickstead raised eyebrows in the room, in a good way.
Left: Emilia Wickstead mixed print floral dress, UKFW Right: Gorgeous bustle on back of dress, UKFW
Left: J. JS Lee, UKFW Right: House of Holland dress, UKFW
Make it wearable: Mixed prints look amazing when done right, but stay away from overkill.
-Don't mix more than two prints at once (but there are exceptions)
-Think about mixing prints when putting together a headcovering and a shirt/outfit
-Think outside the box: a floral necklace with a striped shirt.
-Find it here.
3. It's a Nautical Life
Pull out those sailor buttons, bits of mesh, and nautical stripes: they're huge this year.
|Left: Mother of Pearl Show, UKFW||Center: Ralph Lauren, NYFW||Right: Orla Kiely, UKFW|
Make it wearable: The nautical look is great because it can be done low maintenance.
-Think about the nautical color palette when assembling the look.
-Find it here.
4. Some trends live on: Cut-outs, Fringes, midi and jeweled collars
Cut-out (or laser cut) dresses and skirts made their way in. So did fringes. So did midi lengths. So did jeweled collars. Guess we can't get enough of them- and don't need to buy a totally new wardrobe from last year!
|Left: Orla Kiely Midi Dress, UKFW||Right: Bora Aksu lace laser print dress, UKFW|
5. Denim the old school way
Patchwork and Overalls! Need I say more?
Make it wearable: Patchwork is actually DIYable! Take an old denim skirt you will never wear again, cut some off and sew it onto that new, stylish denim dress you just bought- and Boom! Compliments everywhere.
|Left: Karen Walker, NYFW||Right: See by Chloe denim dress, NYFW|
6. One word: Blouses.
This year blouses came in two forms: the oxford blouse, which was often paired with a billowing skirts or a wide pair of pants. What was described as the "Rhodes scholar" look by the pros- showing a bit of your geeky vulnerability is hip these days.
The other style were billowing blouses with blouson sleeves. A flowy twist on the classic blouse.
-Find it here. And here.
7. Tie Dye
Tie Dye has become the new little black dress (almost). What was once hippie is now sophisicated, and made its way into the collections of some of the hottest designers. The good news? It's very wearable and often comfortable!
Make it wearable: Yes, tie dye is a fun, DIY activity. But unless you're a professional artist, don't try wearing a shirt you tie dyed yourself to that office meeting. There are many gorgeous dyed pieces in stores that you can purchase.
-Find it here.
8. Office Chic
Let's face it- lots of us work in offices throughout the day. And the glamour that comes with that is, well, office wear. 9-5. Luckily for us, office chic has made its way onto the runways, so now if you chic up your workwear you can get compliments both in the office and walking down Broadway to get lunch.
Left: Mary Katrantzou, UKFW
|Center: Ralph Lauren, NYFW||Right: Emilia Wickstead, UKFW|
What trends did you love from Fashion Week this year? Any other tips for bringing runway trends into our lives?
Stay tuned for our next post, which will report on the Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks!