You may remember the somewhat problematic spring 2016 ready-to-wear show that Valentino staged. Drawing inspiration from Africa, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli stated that “the message is tolerance. And the beauty that comes out of cross-cultural expression.” Unfortunately, that got lost in translation, as things got kind of screwed up when it all came to fruition; out of about 90 looks, only 10 were featured on black models, while everyone (including all of the nonblack models) got cornrow hairstyles. If you need more clarification as to why this is an issue, Africa is predominantly made up of black people, and cornrows are a traditionally black hairstyle. So if the team at Valentino wanted to represent Africa, they should’ve at least tried to show their collection on people slightly reminiscent of the majority of those in Africa.
We’re still catching up on all the latest from the world’s top designers, and spring 2016 is looking bright. And although many labels opted for pieces that transcend seasonal limitations, there’s no denying certain trends that always emerge. From sleepwear to ruffles, tie dye to pink, check out what’s hot for spring 2016.
Although the spring 2016 ready-to-wear shows have just concluded in the four major fashion capitals, New York, London, Milan, and Paris, there’s even more going on in other parts of the world. It’s no secret that Japan has always been one of the most fascinating and exciting regions on the globe, and of course, that includes Tokyo. And we’re in luck, because the top designers from the underrated fashion mecca just showed their latest work for spring 2016.
The spring 2016 ready-to-wear shows have just concluded, and with each season comes a brand new crop of fresh faces. Sure, the industry is still a bit behind in terms of diversity, making for less than interesting castings across the board. However, there were a few positives that stood out. On one hand, newcomers who debuted last season, at the resort 2016 shows, and at the fall 2015 haute couture shows really shined; Lineisy Montero walked more shows than anyone else, while girls like Karly Loyce, Amilna Estevão, Pooja Mor, and Aamito Lagum also racked up some seriously impressive résumés this season. With the exciting success of these fascinating models transcending more than just one season, they’ve paved the way for even more captivating beauty during the latest show circuit. Cue the latest group that really broke through this season, some with previous modeling experience, others who took their first steps on the runway at the start of Fashion Month.
Yet another Fashion Month has flown by, leaving us with a lot to think about. Sure, there were tons of shows between New York, London, Milan, and Paris. But only a few truly stood out, and even less were exceptionally spellbinding; in some respects, this season feels a bit more commercial and sales-driven than ever before. However, there is always the necessary creativity and artistry that sparks our passion and keeps our interest in fashion alive. So, let’s break it down by city, highlighting the most impressive, noteworthy, and interesting moments of the spring 2016 runway season.
Sorry for the corny title, but who’s excited about these new colors? For the first time in three years, the Pantone Institute unveiled 210 new shades the other day, primarily in the orange category. Sure, some of them might be a little too specific to identify, like Dragon Fire or Mango Mojito. But there’s no denying that we’ve been seeing plenty of this hue in a slew of designers’ latest collections; from the fall 2015 ready-to-wear and haute couture, resort 2016, and even the recent spring 2016 menswear shows, this particular shade’s been thrown around left and right. And we hardly doubt that’ll change when the spring 2016 ready-to-wear show circuit launches in just a few weeks. Sure, outside of the fashion world, fall is quickly creeping up, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to make your wardrobe any less vibrant. It seems like orange really is the new black after all.