Denim: The Hottest Fabric of Fall 2016

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The festival of celebrating new fashion trends that will keep coming in your shopping dreams and cravings in 2016 finally passed. We can all breathe freely now! As we wrapped up the fashion weeks in New York,LondonMilan and Paris, some of the fall 2016 fashion trends became more obvious than others. This is mainly because they were repeated in a few cities, growing from a detail peculiar to a certain city into a worldwide fashion trend you cannot ignore. Denim is one of those irresistible trends for fall 2016 that appeared on the top runways, and then quietly sneaked into the fashion streets of the capitals.

Fall 2016 Denim Fashion Trend

Some of the labels and designers that pushed this tough fabric into new heights this season include GucciAlexander WangBalenciagaMoschino,Tommy HilfigerPradaMiu Miu and many others. While the journey of your favorite fabric started in factories and coal mines, where workers preferred mainly indigo-colored jeans (then called “waist overalls”) to hide the dirt of their daily workload, it is currently the most comfortable fabric you can own in your wardrobe and can come in all forms and colors. No more limiting denim to jeans only…

Denim Jackets

There is something extremely feminine about a denim jacket over a soft dress. As spring kicks in fully, this is the number one style you’ll be seeing in the streets. Don’t ever underestimate the denim jacket; it’s both warm and comfortable. It’s a great cover in case of showers, and you can always take it off if it gets too hot. And if dressing uniquely is a priority for some of you, you might want to grant Lutz Huelle’s latest experiments some attention.

Fall 2016 Denim Fashion Trend

Fall 2016 Denim Fashion Trend

Denim Coats

If you simply can’t wait for a warmer weather to rock the dress & jacket match, follow Stella McCartney and her denim coats. In fact, it’s not just Stella, Peter Dundas also designed a few denim jackets for Roberto Cavalli. Some would think denim is youthful and cool, but doesn’t suit a more sophisticated and elegant customer. Think again. And then refer back to Chanel’s denim and tweed coat mutant. If anything in the fashion industry is both elegant and sophisticated, it’s Chanel, and they’re also denim fans.

Fall 2016 Denim Fashion Trend

Fall 2016 Denim Fashion Trend

Denim Pantsuits

Moving on, if Zac Posen’s latest collection didn’t convince you that pantsuits are a big deal this year, I don’t know what will. The master of eveningwear gave up the traditional silhouette of a luxurious gown and came out with pretty innovative solutions, including pantsuits for special occasions. A couple weeks later in Paris, fashionistas were “roaming” the city wearing denim pantsuits. This should be all the convincing you might need, because the rest instantly meets the eye.

Fall 2016 Denim Fashion Trend

Fall 2016 Denim Fashion Trend

Denim is the fabric of 2016, sharing its top 1 position with velvet. Wear it plain or embroidered, add ethnic and folk attributes like cowboy boots or stay classy with black stilettos. Show your body in a tight dress and a denim jacket over it, or get lost in a loungy weekend outfit, wearing loose-fit full denim all day. The trend is out! You’d better get on the train now!

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Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy Fall 2016 RTW Line Embraces Egypt

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When Riccardo Tisci took the helm at Givenchy in 2005, everybody knew big things were about to happen. He gave Givenchy his unique melancholic and Gothic takes on fashion confirming his passion for mystique once again through his latest Givenchy fall/winter 2016-2017 ready-to-wear collection. Unveiled at Paris Fashion Week, the collection intricately mixes sensuality with both Egyptian and Tibetan motifs, marking a new beginning for the French fashion house.

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Tisci himself revealed back at the Givenchy spring 2016 show at New York Fashion Week that his work at the Maison was about to drastically change. To emphasize such a change, he even made it possible for a larger audience to attend his shows, lessening the distances between haute couture and those who aren’t actual customers, but look at fashion as an inspiring form of art and would just love it to be more accessible.

We could thus regard the Givenchy fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection as an official new beginning and debut for Riccardo Tisci, who specifically chose Egypt to accentuate such a purpose. “Egypt for me is like the beginning of everything, for writers, for food, for everything. It’s been a long time that I’ve wanted to do this collection,” declared Tisci backstage, adding even more anticipation to the show.

Aside from Egyptian motifs, Tisci also mixed Tibetan Mandalas and contemporary animal prints in most of his designs, managing to balance the overwhelming wave of ancient references with a mystical philosophy and a more modern twist on fashion. Most of the Mandala-inspired pieces also exude some clear Seventies vibes, as they look like haute couture Woodstock-approved garments.

Tisci, who remained true to his signature Gothic style, chose a darker color palette for this thrilling collection, alternating the blacks, burgundies and browns with softer beige, fire red and even white touches. As for the collection’s colorful geometrical patterns, they may be surely bright and bold, but somehow inevitably contribute to accentuating the line-up’s overall dark side.

Animal prints and hieroglyphic patterns peacefully coexist as well, denoting once again Tisci’s ability to create a perfectly balanced, controlled chaos. As for the cuts, lines and silhouettes, the collection is even more versatile and multifaceted. The opulent Egypt-inspired and animal-printed garments got enriched with modern-day interpretations of most of the Sixties trends, such as balloon skirts, bomber jackets and midi dresses, while Mandala-printed frocks could be inevitably linked to the hippie subculture as we mentioned before.

Bolero jackets, layered looks, and mannish coats could instead remind most of you of the Eighties, as they definitely play with an appealing androgynous sensuality. To top it all off, Tisci even added significant Nineties references with a few extremely well-tailored slip dresses and super-deep plunging-V necklines. Those who like less colored patterns can, of course, always count on Tisci’s total black proposals, which got further enriched with statement jewelry pieces and sleek fabrics, like edgy leather.

Although undergoing a fashion metamorphosis, Tisci’s Givenchy still manages to cling to some of the fashion house’s signature looks (such as jackets with square shoulders and knee-length ladylike dresses), proving however that to remain true to one’s roots, one doesn’t necessarily need to almost always doggedly propose again and again the same, as the precise old patterns and the same tradition surely can go hand in hand with innovation.

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Roland Mouret Fall 2016 RTW Perfect for Fans of the ’80s

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It has now been more than 10 years since fashion designer Roland Mouretunveiled his Galaxy dress, charming the world with a never-seen-before wave of sophisticated femininity. Since then, he has never stopped celebrating a woman’s figure. A long time habitué at Paris Fashion Week, Mouret has just unveiled an equally delicate and uber-feminine fall/winter 2016-17 ready-to-wear collection, this time solely focusing on hourglass silhouettes and sensual bare shoulders. Although figure-hugging designs have always been Roland Mouret’s hallmarks, this particular collection displays a new way of perceiving and creating femininity, as it is filled with an interesting multitude of not only different fabrics, but also abstract designs.

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Besides utilizing the stretchy fabrics that were mostly used in the Fifties for creating underwear, Mouret also experimented adding lace, velvet and fishnet details too, making sure their dynamicity could follow and hug the woman’s figure like a second skin. To spice things up, Mouret even opted for adding glam rock vibes to most of his garments, looking up to Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush as the perfect muses for his collection. Fleetwood Mac’s charismatic singer Stevie Nicks and first female artist to achieve a UK number-one at the UK Single Chart with a self-written song, Kate Bush both represent independent women, who are not afraid to show what they are made of and fearlessly love to express their personalities through clothes as well.

Bush-inspired references, especially those of her ‘The Sensual World’ album (which was especially well received among many musicians), are specifically vivid throughout the Roland Mouret fall 2016 ready-to-wear collection, as the designer particularly enjoyed taking both the singer’s literary and sensual motifs as the main sources of inspiration. The line-up is thus a well-served mixture of Victorian patterns and Eighties-inspired detailing, which besides velvet panels include black and white contrasting motifs, visible hems and risqué see-through attachments.

The collection’s color palette was close to that eclectic decade too, as it was all about rich blacks, bright whites, sophisticated burgundy shades and eccentric touches of bold purple and electric blue. Green and fire red had their time to shine too, to the pleasure of those who love to make a strong sartorial statement through eye-catching colors.

He then put a lot of emphasis on the necklines, which got enriched with minuscule keyholes, rectangular sharp cuts and tactic cut-outs. Most of the line-up’s proposals include off-shoulders dramatic necklines as well, as they contribute to balancing the figure even more.

To further accentuate the waits, Mouret made ample use of tactical moves such as geometric reproductions of hourglass figures, at times intertwining them with both striped patterns and botanical motifs. Oversized coats, along with roomy trench coats and the many long solid-colored frocks surely are the collection’s key pieces, even if they are less elaborate than the other proposals showcased.

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Laura Biagiotti Fall 2016 Collection Brings Eastern Inspirations

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The Eastern inspirations were positively divine! With so much red to theLaura Biagiotti fall/winter 2016-2017 collection on the Milan Fashion Week, the warmth we felt was palpable, and more than just necessary due to the rainy weather outside during the show. With modern intricacies using Chinese detailing, we have some of the loveliest looks on this particular ready-to-wear line-up and are looking forward to seeing how they translate onto the red carpet later on.

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The Ming warriors were especially interesting to notice with the golden studs peppering the coats, while one decoration presented the heart of Buddha for double happiness, spreading the cheer all around. With the spring fast approaching, it appears that Biagiotti really wants to lighten things up and give out prayers for wealth, health and happy prosperity. As for that Mikado suit, the floral pattern painted on was the perfect touch to bring out the Asian delicacies.

Throughout the presentation, we noticed that the collection included lots of knitwear, including capes and skirts in the material, some mini hems and the touch of the 1960s also making an appearance. There is nothing like the long and cozy red and black double mohair coat that feels like a body blanket, while white ribbed knit dresses also came into play with the gaping holes stitched together by nylon threads.

There is a certain authenticity to the looks that we are faced with, from the long red dress with the Chinese collar, pretty prints painted on across one shoulder and strips making up the skirts, to the Silken dress in black with embroidered floral additions, some ruffles on the sleeves and intriguing designs added on. We loved the shoes as well of course, especially the combination of fur lined boots with strappy sandals and ballerina style flats, all in black, white or red.

Other trends that came into play included the shoulder cutouts, the ruffled edges, the semi-transparent materials, the turtlenecks, the futuristic gowns, the sheaths and the belted coats. We love the additional of different lengths in gloves, the inclusion of body skimming dresses and so much of the prints that are utterly ethnic.

“It’s a retour de Chine [return to China],” stated Laura Biagiotti before the start of her show as she pointed towards some coats and silk skirts made with patchworks of typical Chinese decorations. “These are not only decors, they are all auspicious prints for a long life and well-being.” We believe her and might just pick up a few pieces for that reason alone.

We will have to wait for the looks to come out though as the designer seems rather hesitant in embracing the see now and buy now trend that has begun to sweep the world of fashion. The respect she receives to this day, no matter how many years have passed since the last Chinese Emperor’s brother dubbed her “Mr. Laura” after she was the first Italian designer to hold a fashion show in China 30 years back, is more than just well deserved.

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Marni Capitalizes On Luxurious Fur In Fall 2016

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Marni has started its triumphant path through the fashion industry to support a fur production company and to design pieces wearable with fur, but it so happened that Consuelo Castiglioni’s geometrical shapes and unique colorblock solutions are now calling the tune, while furry details appear here and there to make sophisticated samples together. The Marni fall/winter 2016-2017 RTW collection, unveiled several hours ago, came up with yet another interesting fur-fabric contrast. We did not see so much fur playing throughout the whole collection, but quite sufficient to hark back to the Italian brand’s origins and quite sufficient to keep female bodies snug as a bug in a rug.

Marni Fall/ Winter 2016-2017 RTW - Milan Fashion Week

It was those geometrical shapes, oversized silhouettes and balloon sleeves that were playing the first fiddle at today’s delicious treat a la Marni and of course the vibrant colorblock versions able to spin millions of heads year in, year our. The show opened with a rare mishmash of colors and shapes – an ochre sweater with half moon hems and 3/4 sleeves was the best design chosen to show off balloon sleeves and tiny turtleneck of the true blue shirt worn underneath, while the front-pleat dark trousers with a wide belt and cuffs set the ball rolling for a new trend to embrace our legs come the cold seasons. There were also earth yellow, dark green and white versions, as well as a sapphire blue sample with a high waist and a smattering of checkered models with short cuffs.

Consuelo Castiglioni’s flair for style gave birth to some pieces with surface suggestive of crumpled paper. Just throw a glance at that black-white floral shirt with balloon sleeves showing many folders all over the map, while on a mini dress with black-white abstract motifs those chaotic folders were becoming more and more. Half moon designs were occurring not only on cashmere sweaters and furry capes but also on a series of scarlet midi skirts and dresses.

It was really quite inspiring to see the vibrant colorblocks dreamt up through different combinations – sapphire blue pants with Venetian red sweater, Venetian red skirt with a fallow shirt or hunter green pants with a white shirt plus an ochre cape. But the coloblocks via prints were even more exciting and enlivening. There was a shirt and a mini dress covered with white, burgundy, yellow, black and blue diamond like prints, a midi dress with the ruler sleeves and a skirt with high waist all demonstrating green, yellow, brown, grey, red and blue abstract geometrical shapes and an autumnal brown outerwear with some psychedelic shapes wrapped with yellow, white, blue and red.

Furry details were arriving in fits and starts. We saw a modicum of chocolate brown cropped overlays and capes with half moon designs, an elegant minimalistic jacket and a couple of black or white collars on grey checkered coats with red and blue splashed prints in the centre.

Psychedelic prints were throwing us into equilibrium, especially those white splashes squirted on shimmering velvet in navy blue, but if you are hankering after more powerful emotions go for leather to get those pieces with some parts all encrusted with oversized sequins in yellow and blue. Want more? No sweat, some melted plastic particles in blue and black splattered all over mixed with intricate embroidery and beads.

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Jeremy Scott sends models in scorched dresses and chandeliers down the runway at Moschino!

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The backdrop to the show was a junkyard filled with aging furniture, picture frames and other odds and ends.

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Skeletal details on a black ensemble.

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The show was packed with references to 80s OTT fashion.

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Jeremy took “Le smoking” in a literal direction, several outfits referenced cigarettes, matches and smoking.

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Some of the gowns were visibly “burnt.”

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We feel for this model who walked in a huge chandelier.

Though a far cry from Scott’s usual use of cartoons and brand logos, this collection still had his eccentric take on the world. So would you wear a scorched dress out in public?

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