Upcoming 2016 Trends

By John Wong


We’re almost two months into 2016, and let’s not even kid ourselves here, the fashion game is already slaying.  Fashion Week season is so close, you can almost feel its lilac-scented lipstick breathing down the nape of your neck.  Fashion bloggers are posting the dopest Instas reminding you that their job isn’t just to go to the hottest runway shows, but it’s also to go to the hottest after-parties.  Reality television stars, barely old enough to vote, have their own fashion lines.  It’s imaginable that somewhere, Kris Jenner is rubbing her perfectly shea-butter chapped palms together sitting behind a diamond-encrusted MacBook Pro smiling diabolically to herself plotting her next move.  Street style, whether you love the term or not, is here to stay.  It has proved its power in the realm of fashion both high and low.

This is just the beginning; so let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest trends set to blow up the standards in the fashion industry.


“Old” Is the New “New”


Hipsters and your old Grandpa Joe be damned.  Looks like they were on to something here.  A vintage redux is in full swing both on and off the catwalk.  However, don’t be fooled.  This isn’t your standard thrift store find.  Rather, designers are taking retro silhouettes, throwing them in a modern blending machine to create the perfect vintage reimagined smoothie for all you thirsty fashion people.  Christian Dior, Prada, Chanel and even Rihanna-approved label Vetements is getting in on the chic granny look.  Watch out for pussy-neck bows, elegant embroidery, floral layers and extra embellishments with fine details to create that portrait of “sewing in a sunroom with a kitten on the lap, but looking damn good” look.


Bold Stripes


We all know that stripes (vertical, not horizontal) is one of the oldest tricks in the book to create the illusion of a slimmer figure for whoever.  Not saying that’s the reason designers have been showing so many solid, black vertical stripes on their pieces on the runway, but hey, it helps.  Also, won’t complain since stripes add a sense of strength and power-like status to an otherwise plain and understated garment.


Sequin-tially non-sequential


You don’t even have to look out for this trend, since it will probably catch your eye regardless: sequins.  Bright, poppy and bound to illuminate any outfit when just the right amount of light hits it.  Sequins are popping up in the collections of designers from Lanvin to Saint Laurent, and quite literally dazzling audiences along the way.


Lookin’ Bomb


Seen on the backs of street style superstars like Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Rihanna and Gigi Hadid, the bomber jacket is no longer just reserved for the guy driving airplanes or the skinhead.  Now the trend has surfaced on the runway, which will only add more hype to an already iconic street style staple.  Of course, you can expect to find designers making the style their own personal canvases, so don’t look forward to seeing these only in black or green for that much longer…



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