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July 23, 2015
Last sunday, I posted my last Fashion Week Amsterdam report, but I wasn’t done just yet! I thought it would be fun to have a closer look at all the 9 shows I went to, and make a trend forecast as my final fashion week wrap up post! Of course, I’m not a trend forecaster or anything like that. I just noticed some common denominators in the shows, and I thought it would be fun to share those with you! One component even happened to be present in all 9 shows I went to! Well, if that’s not even becoming a trend next spring/summer, I don’t know what will! So, off to my attempt at a trend forecast of the spring and summer trends of 2016! I hope you like it!
Pastels (combined with grey): when looking through the photos I shot at all the shows, it seems that pastels are going to be hot next year! Especially pastel pink and pastel blue, and a bit of pastel yellow! Susana Bettencourt combines pastel yellow with grey, and Spijkers & Spijkers combine different pastel shades with grey as well. I think grey and pastels are a really chique combo! Alexandra Frida and Tailor & Elbaz also have a lot of pastels in their collection.
Sheer / see-through: I found sheer or see-through components in all of the 9 shows I went to. In most cases, the sheer items were blouses. But I also saw some sheer dresses and jackets at Tailor & Elbaz and see through dresses at Susana Bettencourt and Tony Cohen. In other cases, the designs were mostly made out of a regular non-see-through fabric, with some see-through or sheer parts.
Socks (in sandals): Spijkers & Spijkers already introduced grey socks in heeled strappy sandals in their fall/winter 2015 collection. Back then, I already was a big fan, but now, other designers incorporated this into their SS16 shows as well! In the shows of Tailor & Elbaz and Susana Bettencourt, all models were wearing socks in heeled sandals. In the Alexandra Frida show, all models wore funky (sheer!) socks in white sneakers. It would be so fun if this would really become a trend next spring! I really like it as a way of wearing your summer shoes just a few months early, without getting frozen feet. Of course, I like to keep it classy by only wearing really pretty socks in heeled sandals, or in closed shoes. But a big yes to this potential trend, from me!
Cut-outs: cut-outs are already a thing this year, but according to the vast majority of the shows I went to, it will also be a thing next year! I saw a dress in the collection of Zyanya Keizer which has cut-outs on both sides of the waist, and a dress with shoulder cut-outs at Susana Bettencourt. At other shows, there were also some items with cut-outs, but I didn’t catch those on camera. I really like cut-outs, but somehow I don’t own that many cut-out items yet. I do have a dress with a cut-out on the front, but I would definitely like to own some more cut-out items!
Sexy back: at the Tony Cohen show, I saw some stunning dresses with really deep arm holes, and a really thin sort of racerback-ish thing going on on the back. So, sexy backs! Also, María Clè Leal and Alexandra Frida had some sexy backs in their collection. At the Alexandra Frida show, there were some jumpsuits and dresses which were entirely backless. And María Clè Leal showed a dress with a more flowy kind of sexy back and also really deep arm holes.
Split dresses / skirts: Tony Cohen and Susana Bettencourt both showed long skirts and dresses with a huge split. And Monique Collignon designed a dress with a tiny little split on the front, which was a really nice detail, I think! Personally, I really like splits. I even wore a split dress on my first day at MBFWA!
Asymmetry: Tony Cohen, María Clè Leal and Monique Collignon all have a whole bunch of asymmetrical items in their collection. In the haute couture collection of Monique collignon, there is one dress with a flower detail on one of the shoulders, and an off shoulder dress with one sleeve. María Clè Leal also showed some dresses which had a detail on one of the shoulders, which made them asymmetrical. Tony Cohen showed a golden asymmetrical top, a black dress and a black top with asymmetrical hem, and a gold and silver dress with only one sleeve. I remember I used to have a one sleeve top back in the zero’s, so maybe they’ll make their comeback next year! I do really like the look of it, but I’m not quite sure about which weather to wear it in, haha! But I think it’s really nice for an evening dress or something like that!
Crop tops & Co-ords: crop tops have been in the picture for quite some time now, and they are also present in some of the collections I saw for next year. Alexandra Frida, Susana Bettencourt, Zyanya Keizer and Tailor & Elbaz all have crop tops in their collections. In most cases, these crop tops are part of a co-ord. Co-ords are sets of a top and skirt, shorts or pants, which are both made from the same fabric, and which therefore match perfectly. Monique Collignon has a co-ord set with a longer top in her couture light collection.
Midi length: midi skirts, my favorite! They’ve been in for a few seasons already, and they’re here to stay! María Clè Leal, Tailor & Elbaz, Monique Collignon and Spijkers & Spijkers all showed midi skirts and midi dresses for next year’s spring and summer! And I’m all in! Can’t get enough of this trend!
Maxi: next to midi length skirts, I also spotted quite some maxi skirts and dresses on the runway. Actually, all types of skirt lengths seem to be in next spring and summer. Almost all shows had at least one maxi item.
Ruffles: María Clè Leal, Monique Collignon and Zyanya Keizer all have items with ruffles or ruffle-ish items in their spring/summer 2016 collections. María Clè Leal processed big ruffle-ish details in most of her designs. The ruffles represent flowers. Monique Collignon also made quite a few designs with ruffles. My favorites being the midi dresses from the couture light collection with ruffles on the chest, which comes in different colors. Zyanya Keizer has one dress in her SS16 collection with a ruffle-like sculpture around the neck.
Trend colors: when it comes to colors for next spring and summer, I noticed that blue (a lot of different shades), pink (both pastel and hot pink), all white and black & white combo’s were the most present. The Tailor & Elbaz show existed almost entirely of blue, pink and black & white ensembles. María Clè Leal used a lot of hot pink, and different blue tones. Alexandra Frida used different pink and blue tones. Monique Collignon also used a lot of blue and pink shades, but also black, white and red. Spijkers & Spijkers showed quite a few blue items, and combined those with red detailing. They also have some all white ensembles.
Well, these were the trends or common denominators which I found in the spring/summer 2016 collections of the shows I went to at Fashion Week Amsterdam. I never had an education in this, so don’t take this as the only truth. But these are all just elements of which it struck me that they were featured in multiple collections. I’m really curious how many of these elements will turn out to be trends next year!
So, what do you think of the trends I forecasted? And of which of these elements do you hope that they will become summer trends for real next year? I would love to hear!
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