Based on looks shown months ago on the runways of the world’s fashion capitals, ready-to-wear manufacturers prepared their offerings for this year’s warmer seasons. With the arrival of spring, these looks are finally making their way onto store shelves. Here is our rundown for the top five looks for spring/summer 2016:
After a brief visit to high-waisted territory, designers were once again showing off models’ belly buttons and jutting hip bones and with easy, flowing, low-waisted trousers. Runway shows with this style included Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Derek Lam and Cushnie et Ochs. While they might not look good on everyone, at least they’re comfortable!
‘Tis the season to show off those shoulder blades! Designers gave their outfits the cold shoulder via cool cutouts on tops and dresses (Rachel Zoe, Issa, Wes Gordon, Guy Laroche) as well as the more traditional off-the-shoulder looks (Jason Wu, ADEAM, Chloe).
Slips as dresses
Lingerie is coming out of the closet, has made it to the runways, and eventually will be seen on the streets come spring/summer 2016! Designers from Givenchy to Celine to Wes Gordon to Balenciaga to Yigal Azrouel offered up slinky, silky slip dresses adorned with lace, trim, ruching and other feminine touches. Wear one to a cocktail party or nightclub—but probably not to work!
Plain is boring! Instead, designers including Edun, Issa, Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg, Boss, Anna Sui and Michael Kors (as in the dress in the main image) added texture and interest to dresses, tops and pants via ruffles, fringe and even pretty floral trim.
Yes, denim is definitely here to stay as a wardrobe mainstay. The spring/summer collections were offering up warm-weather versions of lighter denim in pants, shorts, dresses, skirts, tops and more. Examples include Aje, Colcci, Derek Lam, Suno New York, Cushnie et Ochs and Manning Cartell.