Top Trends to Try from Fashion Week 2016

While the culinary crowds are still waiting for their food to settle from the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, the fashion crowd is scurrying around New York, London, Milan and Paris scoping out what’s new for Fall 2016. With so much ground and catwalks to cover, we narrowed down the runway’s best into these top trends to try from each fashion corner of the world.

New York Fashion Week: Exaggerated Shoulders

It’s about time we gave the cold shoulder trend, well, the cold shoulder. It’s not that we have a chip on our shoulder about it but living in Miami, the land of cha-cha-cha dressing, but seeing styles like the rounded shoulder jacket Marc Jacobs sent down the runway for Fall 2016 truly feels like a breath of fresh air. Another sartorial win for those not into showing décolletage or any part thereof? Delpozo’s exaggerated sleeves, which were puffy, dramatic and thoroughly covered up.

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Photo: Delpozo (left); Marc Jacobs (right)

London Fashion Week: Lace

Lace touches and sheer panels were big in London, where the end-of-year temps typically don’t allow for such delicate fabrics. Burberry Prorsum played up this contrast even further, showing soft silk and lace slips under sweatshirts and military coats.

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Photo: Burberry

Milan Fashion Week: Funky Footwear

Accessories are often an afterthought in fashion shows but not in Milan. Here, attendees couldn’t help but zero in on the footwear making its way down the runway. Versace’s decidedly ‘90s sandals with rubber platforms and chunky heels were bold and unexpected, as were TODS embroidered drivers—a serious departure from the traditionally basic shoe.

Versace

Photo: Versace

Paris Fashion Week: Power Pastels

Whatever void Raf Simons’ departure from Dior may have left on the label, temporary successors and studio directors Serge Ruffieux and Lucie Meier filled it with a collection that was equal parts mourning and celebration. In the spirit of the former, the pair focused on lean silhouettes in somber black as interpreted in various fabrics—from fur to ruffles to silk. Color did make an appearance on the runway eventually but we were too entranced by dark-clad models in equally moody black lipstick to notice.

Photo: Dior

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