Straight from the runway to your personal collection, this season’s fashion trends are colourful, high volume, and flirty. Here’s the rundown of the trends to look for, and how to incorporate them into your daily wardrobe.
The new colour spectrum
Forget the classic rainbow colours this season as designers have extended the visible spectrum into a spring colour palette that blends hot neons with cool pastels and everything in between. Taking the colour-blocking trend to a new level, Lanvin offered a series of party frocks in colourful duchess satins, while Rochas, Narciso Rodriguez, and Burberry Prorsum re-examined primaries in their tone-on-tone ensembles. Dior also played with colours, mixing neon with nude and bubblegum pink with red in a series of easy-to-wear dresses and layers. Keeping the spectrum balanced are the hot neutrals of the season, white and tan, often accented by the delicate texture of lace or eyelet, which Valentino proved to be king of this season. Alberta Ferretti’s aqua and violet colours evoked an air of romance and femininity, her signature style.
How to wear it: Don’t be afraid to incorporate some new colours into your wardrobe this season. If you have olive skin, go for either the light end of the spectrum, focusing on whites and tans, or the bright end, wearing emerald green, yellow, red, or orange. Navy is also stunning on olive-skinned beauties, but it’s a colour that complements fair skin too. Reds that slant to the yellow spectrum rather than the blue are hot on lighter skin tones, as are violet, grey, white, and yellow.
Channelling the style icons of the late 1960s, fashion this season is all about retro silhouettes, accessories, and floral prints. From Dior’s floral ball skirts, reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn and the starlettes of the era, to Kenzo’s matching floral print ensembles with cigarette pants and halter-tops, designers are offering up a modern interpretation of these classic styles. Valentino interpreted the theme in a lady-like way, using a delicate vine print that is so Jackie O. Mulberry took the flower power trend to the maximum, showing head-to-toe print on print, even down to the handbag, which Mulberry proposes in mustard with dainty white flowers for spring. Another who mastered the art of retro this season is Rochas. Between the chic crop tops and cardigans, the headscarves, and of course, the perfect retro sunglasses and platform shoes, Rochas is the one to watch if you air towards the likes of Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy. One of our favourite retro collections of the season is Louis Vuitton, for the simple shift dresses, crop tops and mini skirts that would make Mary Quant proud.
How to wear it: Floral prints can be intimidating, so if print matching isn’t your style, then aim to pair the trend down by mixing it in one piece at a time. If you’re going for total flowery, take a cue from Mulberry and mix tones of floral, while not necessarily the exact same prints. As for the short hemlines, be your own judge as to whether you should go for a stiletto or flat sandal. To add just a bit of the retro vibe into your wardrobe, all you need is a chic pair of sunnies, such as the ones by Rochas, or a simple shift dress like those by Louis Vuitton.
White is the new black this season, as not a runway show went on without a series of seriously hot white looks. White comes in all forms, from the feminine eyelet and lace numbers by Valentino, to the sexy sheer whites by Rochas, and the super clean, modern lines of Narciso Rodriguez. Another favourite was the white trench, shown by Mulberry and Burberry, that gives instant class to any spring or summer outfit. Carven and Loewe added allure to their whites with delicate laser cut details, while Blumarine kept silhouettes relaxed and elongated. Whether bucket-shaped or square and structured, the must-have for this spring/summer is the white handbag, as shown by everyone from Balenciaga and Céline to Lanvin and Mulberry.
How to wear it: First of all, prepare to invest in a high-powered stain remover, for white needs your constant love and attention. Luckily, your hotel probably has a stellar dry cleaning service. The key to mastering the white-hot look this season is to layer it, head-to-toe. Gold accessories, such as a set of fine rings on each finger, or a statement bag will accent your white look perfectly. Add some colour to your look by wearing a pop of red lipstick, like Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Fascinante.
From flamenco to frilly, playful ruffles are a must this season. Balenciaga’s version caught our attention with cascading ruffles on an asymmetric hemline, evoking a modern-day Carmen Miranda. Putting ruffles to work for their added volume and texture, Dries Van Noten paired them with his signature bold patterns, such as plaid and floral in warm tones accented by fuchsia lips and metallic shoes. Givenchy took ruffles into the future, carving the oscillations out of delicate, yet architectural, sheer fabrics. The fresh face of fashion, Acne, combined bold contrasting colours like red and blue with ruffles, creating a double-sided effect, also seen on the runways of Balenciaga.
How to wear it: Ruffles are the perfect way to spice up your wardrobe this season. Whether a slight ruffle on a bell sleeve paired with a simple white pant, or a full on ruffled dress for a night out on the town, this trend is easily adaptable. Ruffles can be large and voluminous, or small and feminine, but chic either way.