WWDMAGIC Trade Show Trend Forecasts for S/S16

WWDMAGIC Trade Show Trend Forecasts for S/S16

Wednesday, September 16 2015

ART 
Canvas – Art Basel – Self Expression

This trend seeks to be museum-worthy with its artist-influenced colors and prints, as well as its framed silhouettes. Inspiration is gained from Patrick Nagel, Jackson Pollock, Miro and a visit to a modern art gallery is sure to provide a treasure of inspiration. The trend aims to link applied arts with fine arts, and to demonstrate how visual inspiration of every kind has its place in clothing. Viktor & Rolf’s couture show illustrates this perfectly, as the talented design duo removed framed artwork from the wall to dress each model as they hit the catwalk. The show was brilliant in its interpretation and a precise expression of fashion as art (or art as fashion). Their silhouettes act as a canvas for the many art effects and styles. Expressionism, realism, impressionism and abstract styles influence the playful eye-catching prints. The painting techniques used to express this trend include everything from chiaroscuro to nonrepresentational, to brush strokes, to pointillism and cubism. Roksanda’s resort 2016 collection is patterned with cubism-influenced shapes and contrasting colors. Even the sophisticated and posh Victoria Beckham jumped in on the playful theme with her 2016 pre-spring collection and its circus-inspired pieces swirling with color. To mimic an artist’s canvas, the silhouettes are sharp and crisp and created

 with fabrics 

such as organic cotton and linen.

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” 
~Edgar Degas

 

ART: Fabrics
Silk
Linen
Rib knits
Fluid jersey
Painted fabrics
Organic cotton
Sketched prints
Painted prints

 

ART: Items
Overalls
Jumpsuits
Apron skirts
Wrap jackets
Sheath dresses
Reversible vests
Long lean silhouettes

 

ART: Detail
Cowl neckline
Asymmetric details 
Cut-out back details
Snap closures on side seams

 

ART: Colors
Crisp brights
Color blocking
Primary colors 
Kaleidoscope of colors
White grounds (canvas)
Watercolors (soft muted)

 


FOLKLORE

Traditional folklore fashion is essentially haute couture made with elaborate workmanship and quality fabrics. Rich in its historical and cultural influence, this folklore trend focuses on comfortable fabrics, novelty patchwork and ethnic patterns. The trend lends itself to storytelling through its exotic, romantic, and ethnic detailing; including embroideries, beadwork and crochet that are perfectly balanced with contemporary form and function. Relaxed silhouettes arising from traditional cultures are upgraded with anthropological themes of all of nature’s creatures. Birds of all prey, folk rose prints, and leaf motifs accompany patchwork-effects with languid ease. The attitude here is cool, ‘70s chic, California-desert and casual comfort. Folklore received an upgrade on the Louis Vuitton Resort 2016 runway (set in the desert of Palm Springs) with hints of gothic chic and long, lean silhouettes. Roberto Cavalli’s Spring 2016 version of folklore includes chameleon-like sequins that change hues with movement and embroidered denim pieces depicting birds perched on branches. It’s a very themed trend that allows one to relate to shopping flea markets around the globe in search of all things fringed, embroidered and crocheted. This haute-bohemian influence feels romantic with an array of flowing frocks, prairie dresses and intricate lace blouses. Adding to the romance is the sense of traveling, visiting tribes of all kinds, and painting prints that share stories of the experience.

 

FOLKLORE: Fabric
Denim
Pincords
Stretch lace
Floral prints
Ethnic prints
Patchwork
Folkart motifs
Burnout florals
Ditsy floral prints
Nature based prints on Chiffon

 

FOLKLORE: Items
Tunics
Mandalas
Long vests
A-line skirts
Maxi dresses
Fitted half shell tops

 

FOLKLORE: Details
Fringe (suede)
Frayed edges
Embroidery (birds & florals)
Patchwork form of storytelling

 

FOLKLORE: Color
Browns
Paprika
Cream
Cinnamon
Burgundy
Mustard Yellow

 


EIGHTIES 
Game-Girl/ Arcade Dynamic

An overwhelming number of rainbows, ‘80s arcade games, popart makeup, and love of Nagel prints brings us to our next decade of interest: the Eighties. There is a mix of new-wave graphics, black-and-white stripes, layering of tanks and dresses, defined shoulders, and slim pants.  Loud Jeremy Scott graphics and pop culture references merge to create an '80s pixelated movement we have grown to love.  Philipp Plein’s Cruise 2016 collection embraces this classic arcade movement with pixel and pop prints in flirty-girl silhouettes. The shift from the ‘70s to the ‘80s is already being well embraced by the bloggers with themed parties and ‘80s soundtracks (remixed).

Geometric prints that are strong, bold, and intertwined with defined shoulders, straight hem lines, angled shapes, thigh-skimming minis and skater skirts.  Rainbows are key, construing as reflection and a spectrum of color that signifies a movement with a global reach. With its freestyle expression, the Eighties trend is planted firmly on this side of the millennium with its modern and refreshingly nostalgic shapes.
 
EIGHTIES: Textiles
High shine
Convetti prints
Vibrant stripes
Rainbow sequin
Pixelated prints
Rainbow Chevrons 
New Wave abstract prints
Checkerboard (black + white)
Photo image prints (oversized)
Image prints (smiley, Pac-Man, emojis)


EIGHTIES: Colors
Pink
Yellow
Hot red
Neon trims
Rainbow brights
Black and white strips

 

EIGHTIES: Details
Shoulder pads
Angled hemlines
Angled shoulders
Short kimono sleeve
Message concert pins
Classic kicks (sneakers)
Off shoulder (Flash dance)

 

EIGHTIES: Items
Zip-front jumpsuits
 ‘80s club-girl pieces 
Denim skirt (pencil)
Parachute pants (slim)
Sturrup pants (leggings)
Rainbow babydoll dress


RETURN TO ROMANCE 
Feminine touch - Free generation- Midsummer night’s dream

The romantic values of femininity have returned, and although in the past these read as defenseless, today they empower women. Return to Romance enables a feminine movement to celebrate sensitivity through the enchantment of whimsical dressing. The trend imitates nature with its delicate draping, rose petal-like ruffles, flounces, layers of chiffon, and exposure of seduction. Dreamy silks in sheer layers are reminiscent of butterfly wings, while the barely-there frayed, indefinite edges demonstrate nature’s delicacy (see Atelier Versace 2016). The Romance trend eludes that perpetual feeling of being in love with its intricate lace details, filigree embellishments, and softened silhouettes (see Marchesa Resort 2016). Florals this season are elaborate fil coupé embroideries, frond or leaf-like palm prints, and artist inspired botanical motifs that lend to a flirty feminine appeal. In-full-bloom floral prints on items like maxi chiffon dresses are in the equation this season, as well, and the result is easy romance. The mood is poetic as a midsummer night’s dream and of a playful elegance and splendor. The accessory is draped as a jeweled crown, a gold garland headdress that would make anyone feel enchanted. 
  
RETURN TO ROMANCE: Fabric 
Satin
Silky 
Layered chiffon
Stretch lace
Fluid fabrics
Orchids motifs on sheer organza

 

RETURN TO ROMANCE: Color
Rose
Cream
Lavender
Dusty pink
Muted pastels
Gold /gilded gold
Cosmetic shades

 

RETURN TO ROMANCE: Details
Gently frayed edges
Layered drape
Sheer layers
Filigree embellishments
Jewelry headdresses
Delicate embroidery
Bias cut dresses and long skirts
Ruffles and flounces (layered in sheers)

 

RETURN TO ROMANCE: Items
Slip dresses and skirts
Satin pencil skirts 
Lace tanks and tunics
Bias cut dresses and skirts
Layered drapes skirts (free flowing)
Maxi dresses with exposed back or sides