Geraldine Wharry, Thursday 28 April 2016
From modern fables to warped nature; we've captured this Spring's catwalk trends
Modern Fables and Warped Nature are the hottest trends to emerge this Spring, writes Geraldine Wharry Spring 2016 trends are dominated by the theatricality and drama of fashion, tapping into dark Gothic themes with Modern Fables as well as the hyper-real sensual beauty of deep-sea life with
Warped Nature. The rubber band effect between highly feminine silhouettes and androgynous looks continues to offer a great playground for designers
and a range of looks to pick from – from minimalist and dramatic to highly feminine and playful.
CLOAK MAXI DRESS
Spring 2016 moves away from the 70s inspired Maxi dress seen in 2015. The focus is on charismatic floor-length dresses designed to mimic long cloaks. The silhouette lends itself to evening wear with a regal quality, yet offers a monastic and sombre look, reflecting the trend’s exploration of the pull between good and evil.
IN THE BEDROOM
Lingerie goes from the bedroom to the street with slip dresses paired with biker jackets or deconstructed and patched. Hinting at what’s underneath
is always appealing and for Spring 2016, the key is to wear the look with an edgy Fallen Angel attitude.
For Spring 2016, symbolic imagery linked to witchcraft and ancient dialects inspires delicate lace patterns. Transparency is key, taking its cue from celebrity red carpet looks seen last year. Motifs have an intricate and hypnotic quality, drawing on the concept of the labyrinth, bringing a modern edge to crafted lace.
The Modern Fables trend sees designers examine clothing’s ability to tell stories inspired by folkloric tales, ancient symbols and mythical beings from Northern and Eastern European cultures. This seasonal direction looks at Gothic and Romantic themes from the endangered Princess to the Scarecrow and the Vampire to Frankenstein. In this drama infused trend, the pull between good and evil, lightness and darkness and the macabre is explored.