Yes, we know it might sound a little premature, but forward-thinking Etsy sellers are already planning ahead for 2016!
To give you a head start – and this is useful for savvy shoppers, too – we asked Stylist Magazine’s Executive Fashion Director, Kitty McGee to break down the BIG fashion trends for spring/summer 2016.
Flight of Fancy
Travel was the key mood of the season; inspiring everyone from Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino to Phoebe Philo at Celine, Carol and Humberto Leon at Kenzo and Mary Katrantzou.
Highlights included a cosmic traveller meets French Bourgeois theme at Mary Katrantzou during London Fashion Week and the Chanel Airlines terminal which was the setting for an incredible collection from Chanel on the penultimate day of Paris Fashion Week.
Some designers toughened up sickly sweet dresses with leather, cut-outs and hardware, but for the main part there was a super-feminine moment on the runways where designers embraced femininity in a big way; think pink and pastels, delicate florals, neat ruffles, lots lace and unashamed prettiness.
One of the stand-out shows was Christian Dior where Raf Simmons’ spring garden, complete with a vast wall of 400,000 blue delphiniums was home to a show focused on femininity, fragility and sensitivity; filled with the softest pinks, scalloped edges, chemise tops and delicate rows of buttons and undulating silk pleats.
This mood started in New York where everything from show invitations to presentation settings and collections were inspired by colours of the setting summer sun. Orange was the standout colour and highlights included Prabal Gurung, Jonathan Saunders, Max Mara and Marni.
Including mermaid inspired ruffles and sequins, nautical details and motifs and embellishment and embroidery of underwater creatures.
The ocean proved a huge inspiration for designers this season, Milan was where we saw this most predominantly where it was inspiration for everything from soundtracks at shows; ‘What shall we do with the drunken sailor’ played at Max Mara while models showcased a collection that included nautical stripes, Fishermans jumpers and rope prints, to embroidered and appliquéd sea creatures at Gucci and Emilio Pucci.
In Paris, Carven was inspired by the urban mermaid and in London Sophia Webster hosted a mermaid themed presentation full of iridescent fabrics, sequins and even tiled sandals.
The circle motif was everywhere at fashion week, whether embroidered as at Peter Pilotto, appliquéd as at Tods, printed as at Topshop and Jonathan Saunders, or in the form of circular eyelets on ready-to-wear; or on shoes and earrings as at Prada, it’s the stand-out motif for SS16.
The slip dress, the rucksack, the tracksuits, the baseball cap, Designers showed so many variations that it was impossible to ignore this trend on the ss16 runways; highlights included nineties rave inspirations at Christopher Kane and nineties-inspired sportswear at Chloe.
Milan was all about retro eclecticism, the muse of the season is a nostalgic, eccentric, bohemian girl who loves art, travels a lot, is inspired by vintage and isn’t afraid of accessorising. She embraces colour, embellishment and quirkiness. She isn’t satisfied with a single statement piece, she wants a statement dress to wear alongside all of her statement accessories; opticals, jewellery, handbag, shoes and possibly also socks or gloves.
The Gucci girl is the embodiment of this trend; with her pearl-studded heels, jewel-embellished gloves and multicoloured lace dresses and embroidered separates. We also saw this trend done at its best at Prada where skirt suits were accompanied with a wealth of accessories; signature embellishments and dangly christmas-tree style bauble earrings were worn with elegant low-heeled shoes.
* Deconstruction: off-the-shoulder and deconstructed tailoring
* Night-time for daytime: pyjamas and lace slips
* Ultimate embellishment
* Tying the knot
* Sunshine accessories
* Backless shoes, plus slippers and slides
* Buckle details
* Get shirty
* PVC Accessories
What do you think of the big trends for 2016? Have you started planning your range yet? Did you find our fashion forecast useful? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @EtsyUK!