Looking back at the last round of fashion weeks I’ve chosen to profile the main A/W 15-16 print trends that caused a stir in the fashion industry! They can be a somewhat daunting task to sift through as there are so many different directions. I think though that the key thing with any fashion trend is to only take it on if you actually love it, and adapt it so it becomes your own. I’ve never been one to be particularly enamoured with designer clothes, I would much rather spend an afternoon rummaging around a flea market than spend it at LFW, but that being said there are designers that I do always feel a flutter of impatient excitement over in anticipation of the runways.
I always focus on print and textile trends, partly because this is my job, but mostly because print is everything and why you wouldn’t include print in a collection is beyond me!
Leading on from Nicole Miller’s culture rich prints the main shows followed suit with a very strong kaleidoscope of exotic bohemia in the form of ethnic, folk, patchwork, tapestry and paisley prints in romantic, earthy and berry palettes. This was showcased perfectly at Burberry Prorsum, with whimsical folk dresses, fringed ponchos, floral waist coats and layers of fringed suede.
Etro’s take on this is darker, sophisticated and more mature with a more luxurious feel and less of a bohemian vibe in the conventional sense. It’s a bit more ‘working girl’ whilst still capturing that free spirited, eclectic, traveller essence. Palettes are deep and earthy with highlights of ochre.
Embroidered folk florals were also showcased at Temperley London, being something of a signature for Alice Temperley now. Beautiful Hungarian style embroidery in blue palettes over sheer mesh made for a more grown up and elegant take on this trend. The 70’s style geometrics in tonal palettes and electric blue sequins complimented this and injected just the right amount of fun and glamour.
Florals are a staple every season, but they are a little thin on the ground this time round. The stand out florals for me were seen at Preen, Gucci, Giamba and Giambattista Valli, D&G and my favourite of all at Topshop Unique!
Topshop florals are in keeping with current 70s themes with colour palettes of rich browns and mustard yellows as well as more chic white on black and girly pink and blue on white. The florals are sweet, delicate botanical illustrations of flowering weeds, including dandelions and thistles with feathery seed heads scattering across the spaces.
The florals at Preen merged folky and crafty textiles in dark but fun 70’s palettes. Embroidery is a prevalent print theme this season. It pops out of the fabric creating a stunning, eye catching, 3D effect on the garments that leaves you wanting to reach out and pick them.
I also adored the florals showcased at Giamba. The colours are exquisite and the prints painterly and so high in detail you feel like you’re laying in a field on a hot hazy summers day, soaking in the garden around you.
A print trend that I’m very excited about and that we’ve taken huge inspo from here at Hello Margaret! is wrestling its way out and I am really excited to see the high street takes on these celestial themes for A/W15-16. Emilio Pucci rocked this up in true 70s & 80s style with deep navy velvet and foiled gold celestial and zodiac motifs. Those knee high boots alone are a work of art. – Celestial prints were also seen at Anthony Vaccarello although these didn’t feel quite as compelling and whimsical to me.
As usual for every A/W (it feels like it anyway) checks and dogtooths were in abundance. This season they are punkier and bolder, with larger abstract block and splicing, patch working and a mishmash of monochrome, mostly achieved through digital and placement printing. Still, as snazzy as these are you can’t beat a good old granny check can you?
And before I sign off from this epic post lets just take a moment to bow down to Yves Saint Laurent for bringing 80’s glam rock to the runway, with this ‘prom girl gone bad’ show!
To see more from these designers and fully gush over their wares peruse the fashion shows in full over at Vogue!
PEACE OUT! Smitch xx