Spring/Summer 2016. The moment I saw the collections I knew it would be my favorite season. When I saw the proposals for SS16 I immediately knew it was the birth of the tree B´s – the Bold, the Bright, the Beautiful. And if flowers for Spring sounds a cliché you should try flowers with butterflies and bees. Oh, and let´s not forget about adding some stripes. It seems that all the greatest designers were willing to leave the minimalism behind and encourage the rise of a simple new rule – there are no rules in fashion.
If you thought “less is more” (but down deep you knew you wanted to look like a walking Pollock painting) this is your season. Statement pieces together look even more beautiful than apart. Details are everywhere. There is no color palette because every color is admissible. There is no specific shape because every shape is the perfect one.
In the end, your creativity will always help you to find your perfect outfit.
SS16 is giving us some of the best trends in a long time with one peculiarity. There are so many trends to explore that every single person will be able to identify themselves with some of those (if not almost all). That was the main reason why I was delighted to be part of the Farfetch competition and style some of the best trends from SS16 and hopefully give you some inspiration to create your own Spring/Summer outfits.
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Graphic patterns and stripes in general are definitely pieces that i´ll always buy. Playing with those prints it´s a thing you´ll probably find yourself doing a lot this season. Just combine the colors of the different patterns and wear what´s more visually appealing to you. If you think that specific polka dots shirt looks really good with a striped skirt, go for it.
When choosing the pieces to style this trend I knew I had to use the black top (from the first look) because it reminded me of an abstract painting. And what better to pair with it than those striped shorts? And because I didn´t think it was enough, I added textured espadrilles with a bit of pattern. The backpack it´s another great option for Spring Summer and you probably have seen a lot of those on street style snaps.
The second look includes an off-shoulder graphic dress (stripes again, I know… couldn´t resist) paired with golden earrings. Whenever I use off-shoulders shirts or dresses I opt for statement earrings and mostly no necklaces or a simple choker. Lace up shoes seemed to me the best ones to pair with this dress and because pom poms are the perfect pop of color, I added the hat and the phone case.
To give the cold shoulder – intentionally cold. Ignoring someone completely.
Or it could be a SS16 trend that consists in showing your neckline and shoulders or just a bit of your shoulders – either way it will look amazing on you. The versatility of off-shoulder pieces (from dresses to all kind of shirts and tops) amazes me. There are so many perfect looks you can create using this trend. To show you this versatility I created two looks, one with jeans and the other with a dress. Because there´s nothing more elegant than showing your neckline and shoulders I accessorized both with different choker necklaces (a great 90´s revival). Simple but effective and you´re still elegant. I´ve been seeing a lot of off-shoulder shirts like the one from the second look and I always knew it would look very 70´s paired with flared jeans and platform shoes. There´s graphic Missoni pattern on the espadrilles to give both a bit of pattern and color to the outfit.
If you´d ask me what would be an “essential” for SS16 I would point the dress from the first look – the cold shoulder floral dress. Two trends in one dress. It´s what happens when bohemian meets chic. I wanted to give it an edgy touch, so I added a fringed bag and wedges.
For this trend I thought about light colors, beautiful maxi dresses and lace. One of best things about SS16 is that you´ll be seeing a lot of different silhouettes specially when it comes to dresses. Ruffles, lace culottes and denim on the shoes was my first way of interpreting this trend. The different shades of blue are a great example on how you can wear the same color and play with its variants. The trick is mixing lace with ruffles, it rarely fails when you have different textures.
Because I used a floral dress before – which was one of the first pieces I thought about when styling this trend – I choose a lace up dress with ruffles and (again) added the touch of edginess with boots and pattern.
I bet there was at least one day in your life when one of your first thoughts was “I wish I could just go outside in my pajamas”. Well, I had those thoughts. Now it´s a trend and the only contra is that you no longer have that “i´m already in my pajamas” excuse. They come in every pattern and shape just to give you that effortlessly chic look. When styling this trend I immediately knew I wanted a bold approach and not just a subtle silk PJ top with denim. Head-to-toe pyjamas was the coolest trend to style specially after seeing the selection of PJ´s Farfetch has and the wide range of patterns available.
The first look it´s edgier on purpose. I wanted to show you how versatile pyjama´s parts are.
I opted for stilettos on the second look because of the culottes. I couldn’t think of anything more stylish to wear with Pj culottes than those Alexander Wang shoes. Because it was a black and white combo, there´s a touch of gold and a bit of pattern on the bag.
Graphic Stripes – First Set: Kansai Yamamoto Vintage Graphic Print Top; Roberto Cavalli Striped Shorts; Proenza Schouler Classic Espadrilles; Stella Mccartney “Falabella”Backpack. Second Set: Stuart Weitzman “Romanesque” Sandals; Dolce&Gabbana Case; Natasha Zinko Pom Pom Embellished Hat; Oscar de la Renta Tassel Charm Earrings; Monse Off-Shoulder Wrapped Dress.
The Cold Shoulder – First Set: Goti embellished choker; Givenchy “Shark Lock” wedge sandals; Saint Laurent fringed crossbody bag; Magda Butrym floral print cold shoulder dress. Second Set: Carven latch detail shoulder bag; Stella McCartney flared jeans; Ellery off-shoulder top; Isabel Marant contrasted panel necklace; Missoni wavy stripes platform espadrilles.
Ruffles & Romance – First Set: MSGM lace palazzo pants; Chloé denim wedge sandals; MSGM ruffled one shoulder top; Saint Laurent “Classic Monogram” shoulder bag; Second Set: Sonia Rykiel laced ruffle dress; Chloé “Susanna” boots; Saint Laurent “Monogram” blogger crossbody bag.
Pyjama & Boudoir – First Set: For Restless Sleepers Geometric print pyjama shirt; 6397 piped pyjama pants; Alexa Wagner “Rapunzel” sandals; Victoria Beckham front zip clutch. Second Set: 6397 contrast piping pyjama top; Erika Cavallini piped trim pyjama trousers; Alexander Wang “Annika” pumps; Dolce&Gabbana “Rosalia” crossbody bag.
All pieces can be found at Farfetch