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WGSN Predicts Spring ’16 Runway Trends

As New York Fashion Week begins, WGSN’s Head of Catwalks, Lizzy Bowring, broke down her predictions for trends for Spring ’16. WGSN identified five key trends in an online video, placing a special emphasis on the more youthful and adventurous markets this season.

In “Modern Masters” a resurgence of historical references come into play, with rich materials and empire waists. Inspiration derived from the Old Masters was already seen among the Fall ’15 collections at Valentino and Dior, and Bowring says this trend may continue at Dior and Givenchy this season.

“Leisure Luxe” will be a continuation of sport’s influence on fashion—but with a new twist. Bowring said, “We’re definitely going to be seeing more of that sport edge, but the difference here are the soft and luxurious fabrics.” In terms of the color palette, think subtle, not pastel. Soft off-whites, browns, blush tones and tobacco colors will be important.

The “Latin Glamour” trend is inspired by recent shows in South America and it will include an emphasis on hothouse florals and vintage silhouettes. A key style will be tops and dresses with bare shoulders surrounded by asymmetrical detailing. The trend was seen in Stella McCartney’s Fall ’15 collection.

“Graceful Edge” offers an alternative to hot tropics with soft, feminine designs with a vintage feel. The trend focuses on fabrics like silk, crochet and denim. The denim will include indigo denim in structured jackets and loose-fitting bottoms and bleached or washed denim. It also includes a granny’s attic component with soft florals and fabrics, as well as vintage pieces.

Finally, “Culture Club” will deliver the season’s retro story featuring body-conscious silhouettes and a street culture, electro-rock vibe. The line is inspired by fashion icon Grace Jones.

Bowring predicts reds, corals, indigos, blues, soft grays, black and white, tobacco and metallics in burnished golds to be prominent on the runway. Key designers watch are Stella McCartney, Dior and Acne.