With spring right around the corner, and the temperatures about to heat up, it will soon be time to trade in those winter boots for a pair of summery canvas sneakers. Although the runway shows from London, Milan, Paris and NYC have ended, they have given the fashion world an abundance of ideas and inspiration. This year, the overall style was new and interesting with little that felt over the top or outrageous.
Although the runways lacked a singular theme such as the grunge look in the 1990s, what stood out most were two trends: one, clothes seemed more relaxed while even the hair had that tousled, “just got out of bed” look. Another notable trend was the look of the models. Gone were the Glamazon muscled hunks we saw a few years back; instead, the models were notably pale, thin, and young, almost adolescent.
Here are the top looks GvS exclusively picked for its audience for spring 2016:
1950s Bomber Jacket: Grease is the word (John Travolta’s T-Bird jacket) and so were the jackets that models strutted down the runways in. The jackets had a more relaxed feel than their usual leather counterparts and came in a variety of colors: black, moss green, and shades of blue. Other notable 1950’s inspired clothes: oversized polos, and shorts with colors that seemed to take inspiration from Monet’s pastels. The trousers were also significantly more relaxed and loose with a wider leg; a sharp contrast to the tight pants that were trending a few years back.
Let’s Go on an Adventure Look. This year, whether it be a safari, or the Far East, fashion was about traveling and going to exotic places.
China’s influence: In many shows, the influence of the Far East was seen. Beautiful dragons, animals and silk shirts were embroidered on jackets or shirts.
The Safari Look: Life is an adventure and therefore, why shouldn’t your clothes reflect it. The Safari look was prevalent as models strutted the runways in scarves, wide brim fedoras, field jackets and chinos.
Astronaut meets Pajama Day: Jumpsuits and tracksuits appeared in many collections during fashion week. This time, the jumpsuits seemed more comfortable and less restraining than previous versions.
The Athletic Look — Upgraded: As gym clothes have gone from sweats and headbands to everyday attire, the athletic look continues to become more stylish and fashionable. The most notable looks were anoraks, lightweight cotton shirts and nylon pants that went well with sneakers.
Easy Breezy Accessories: Accessories for this spring seemed casual with an added sophisticated touch. Baseball caps had a makeover and instead of cotton, were made out of luxurious leather and suede. Likewise, the backpack (a nice alternative to the cross body bag) also seemed more upscale, coming in printed pebble leather and suede.
Soft Spring Look: Just as girls loved their boyfriend’s sweaters and often borrowed them, it seemed that men had snuck into their girlfriends’ closets as men’s’ clothes were often less masculine and androgynous. Lace and bright pastels were often used. Take it easy on macho clothing and try out the bright side.