The overarching theme for FW 15/16 is fresh takes on old standbys: houndstooth and florals get digitally combined and printed on unexpected materials like fleece. Mixing textures, prints and metals to create modern mashups, particularly on denim and sweatshirts.
Increasingly in fashion, anything goes! The rule is there are no rules. There are trends, of course but they are far less rigid than days gone by.
THE KEY PIECES & SHAPES YOU’LL SEE
- Denim. Denim is a key for virtually every colour incarnation. It is black, blue, grey, coated, flocked, metallic and trimmed with whip-stitching or fringe. Even faded high-waisted mom jeans have a place in FW 15/16. (Yeah, I know.)
- The sweatshirt. It lives the high life again for FW 15/16. With leather, denim, with zippers, in fleece, in brocade. (Not particularly boob flattering but I don’t care! Either accessorize or pair with slim skirts or skinny jeans to avoid looking like the Michelin Man.)
- Jogging pants are still big next year. (In more prints, leather and metallics. Generally NOT paired with the sweatshirt, unless you’re rocking a leather sweatshirt with sequin jogging pants and high heels. Just sayin’.)
- Sporty details and materials: side stripes on trousers, fleece, sweatshirts. (Did I mention sweatshirts are big next year?)
- Rounded shoulders on coats and jackets, especially on robe coats.
- Peplum details on tops and jackets. (A definite DO, a very boob-friendly shape.)
- The baseball, bomber-style jacket is big again, in more mashed-up combinations or texture, colour and sheen from blingy metallics to denim to quilting.
- Sneakers, loafers and super-chunky heeled sandals.
FOUR MAIN PALETTES*
*The colour forecasts I’m sharing were presented by PromoStyl at the LA International Textile Show. Unless otherwise noted, all images via PromoStyl.
Each main colour direction each had echoes of decades gone by. There was a deep contrast between warm, earthy, cozy colours and shapes on one hand and a cold, industrial, utilitarian palette on the other. This goes for metallics as well.
Blue features strongly in all of them, only indirectly in denim for Details. You’ll be just fine if you’re an all black, all the time girl too. Ditto for shades of grey (couldn’t resist!).
As mentioned last week’s colour forecast, blush is big for FW 15/16. While it isn’t overly represented in the images below, I certainly saw it in lots of the fabric options from the suppliers. Certainly not all of the trends below get equal play from the suppliers.
Ccool blue, grey and black combine for a raw, utilitarian vibe (as seen in retro coveralls, overalls – also onesies (!) done in denim or coated fleece, and denim or denim-look casual suiting).
Retro-50’s gray greens combine with black and grey for an industrial feel used in graphic prints and colour blocking.
Blue, yellow, green and cork came together with a decidedly early 80’s sporty feel.
Fabrics are functional with an emphasis on sporty, technical fabrics and denim, lots of denim. Textures are high contrast: less finished or raw edging on denim or sweatshirts paired with sleek (but never shiny) materials like leather, coated denim or functional/athletic fabrics. Trims are utilitarian or functional looking: lots of zippers, cording in low-sheen black, graphite and silver. Prints are graphic: windowpane checks, grids and even retro typographic with bold lines. Coated denim in black, deep blue and metallics will carry on well into FW 15/16.
There were soft, poetic and very feminine with rounded shapes (rounded shoulders in coats and jackets) and the feel of ballet. Soft and cozy blush pink mixed with cocoa browns with baby blue or pale yellow to contrast.
We also see a deeper hued blush mixed with softened earth tones: moss green, reddish clay, bark brown.
Fabrics reflected the cozy feel with shearling, chunky knits, fleece, and brushed textures. Prints are also feminine, with lots of floral, garden, and botanical motifs, swirly script, and cutesy animals. Mixes well with slouchy grey flannel trousers. Often grounded with a chunky heeled sandal with slouchy socks (if you’re so inclined).
Rich brown grounds shades of camel, gold, black and bronze – harking back to the late 1980s/early 1990’s with a prestige feel. Leopard print goes strongt into FW 15/16, as do other updated preppy prints with animals. Menswear checks, plaids, herringbones, and tweed make a comeback for women, as do faded florals. They might be on a modern narrow trouser, digitally mashed up and printed on a sweatshirt or as a flocked denim print.
Sporty, technical/functional fabrics and shapes mix up the menswear trend. Lots of metallic tones and accents, especially in gold, add to the luxury of these looks.
Works of Art
One subset presentation is worth noting separately as it interprets “details” quite differently. As this colour palette is reminiscent of those used by Dutch masters (Vermeer, van Gogh) and lends itself to prints displaying unique craftsmanship and hand-detailing as wearable art. It may be a traditional painterly-type scene remixed digitally on fleece or denim. Another use I saw (and loved) was the abstract, hand-painted look of Japanese papers printed on a variety of fabrics. The artistic take also heavily favours metallics.
(left: Japanese paper source here. I have it myself!)
There is lots and lots of denim (including the mom jeans) as a preppy, sporty base: stop there, or carry on to add fun elements of expression with a decidedly youthful, hippy-tech, techno-tribal feel.
The colour base of this entire trend is chambray and denim blues. Then mix in baby bubblegum pink, cool red and port wine for a feel-good cool-toned palette.
The prints reminiscent of Navajo and other American Indian designs appear even more FW 15/16. There were lots of trims in fur, feathers, leather, leather fringe, embroidered designs applied to denim jackets and jeans (90’s style side seam trims anyone?).
Watercolour prints were also a key theme of this colour palette.
We agree with the sentiment that fashion is what is on the racks at the store. Style is how you put it together. Take all of these with a grain of salt (after all they are also forecasting the onesie for men, in fleece and in a Top Gun-like denim flight suit) then take them and make them your own.
Let us know your favorites from this season and what you’re excited about for next season in the comments section below.
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