Runway Trends: Resort 2016

Look out for these trends in your nearest store soon…

In the popular 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada, Miranda Priestly, capturing an Anna Wintour-esque image within the fashion world, gave a life-changing rant to the protagonist, Andy, about fashion. As Andy sniggered over the difference between two similar belts, Miranda quite nonchalantly told Andy that her cerulean sweater (yes, not blue, not lapis and certainly not turquoise) rooted from Oscar De La Renta’s 2002 cerulean gowns collection, which was followed by YSL’s cerulean jackets. Following Miranda Priestly’s rant about the connection of high end to high street fashion, here are some trends that emerged in the cruise-collections runway that will end up on the high street shelves:

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All worthy trends below were somehow embedded in tropical and floral prints, from Cuban tropics in Proenza Schouler’s show to Max Mara’s all-dark floral jumpsuit with an elasticated cinched kimono-tied waistline.

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Pleats

It looks like Valentino did the Coachella-girl look a season too early, as they showcased some of their free-spirited bohemian range, where pleats were featuring heavily, and incorporated it into the iconic Valentino sheer gowns with roses and floral beads or embroidery. Pleats were featured in most, if not all, shows this resort season, but Dior provided a drop-waist edge to it with a subtle, sheer mesh over-layer.

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Bomber Jackets

Happy as ever with this trend due to a serious maternal attachment I have to my Harrington, bombers were in abundance.

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Layered Ruffles

Lanvin’s resort showed a dramatic, over-the-top (very OTT, indeed), night-out Cavalli range. To me, Lanvin’s pieces were the wardrobe musts for a relentless city girl on a night out and apparently they involve romantic layered ruffled amid the sequined bodycon and silky animal prints.

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Tie Knots

Ricardo Tisci went from a somewhat Victorian Chola girl with beautifully dark, heavily beaded septum to the London streets. Resort 2016 look-book for Givenchy saw a refreshing green-white palette to the backdrop of a London street corner, where you had looks with a tie knot on the top of the dress or towards the torso. Stella McCartney’s Resort Collection, presented in her infamous garden parties, also showed such tie knots with crisp shirts, and the black torso tie knots were seen midway of patterned jumpsuits.

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Knee Length Trousers

Dare I mention: Tibi… do I need to say more on the topic? Tibi showed this trend in many different materials from the crushed , roughed-up-hem suede to the clean-cut leather.

I would love to see this trend be accompanied by distressed or flared-like hems in denim. This is a staple, so get your hands on knee-length trousers – I promise you no bribe was exchanged over my endorsement from the “knee length bottoms” company. They go both with oversized and crop tops, and, while I so enjoy throwing on my old Stan Smiths with this, I can easily change to heels for a night out.

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Tuxedo

Anna Wintour and Jason Wu have two things in common: an impeccable eye for taste and the same vision. Jason Wu wants every Boss wearer to be of prominence, like Wintour demands her Vogue readers are. Boss showcased an inverted collared tuxedo blazer, and so did many others, including Stella McCartney, and surprisingly a double breasted one from The Row.

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Pencil Structures – Is A-Line Out For Good?

Students have lusted over the A-line structure of 80s Twiggy for far too long, but is the Resort 2016 saying this is it? Even Dior, that showed plaid tops that reflected high-fashion Clueless, didn’t fall into the trap and went for the pencil skirts. Zac Posen’s resort lookbook, modelled by one of my favourites, Coco Rocha, followed the same trend.

Text by Nida Jafri, images borrowed from vogue.com.