Spring/Summer 2016 will be a colourful mélange of rainbow hues and prints along with easy breezy silhouettes.
With the sun blazing down, swimwear makes waves on the beaches of European resort and holiday spots. Making a strong impact in and out of the waters are jungle prints with abstract designs and geometrics to liven up bikinis and one-piece swimsuits along with mosaics for sporty silhouettes. The Goth look also moves into beach wear with studs, zips, nails, rings, beads and iron attachments making strong and tough fashion statements.
Florals and botanical prints are always on the Spring/Summer charts for swimwear as well as casual, lounge and resort wear. Sexy lingerie inspired water wear looks great in feminine styles; while patchwork, multiple flora-fauna designs in aquatic and nautical colours take the Spring/Summer story forward. Lacy capes and kaftans add to the glamour of beach wear; while printed trouser and top combos are ideal for brunch soirées.
The Colour Card
Blue rules the fashion charts for Spring/Summer 2016 in its various shades and avatars. There is the ever popular denim blue followed by a lighter version called blue hydra angea. Teal makes an appearance in a dark version; while the ever popular indigo holds its own on the colour card.
Another pretty version is moonstone blue along with periwinkle blue. Pastels are ruling the shade card with white leading the look along with lemon, papaya, hazy taupe, pretty coral and the magnificent burgundy.
Shape It Up
Silhouettes come in all forms and sizes with the lean midi being a favourite along with pencil skirts teamed with frothy loose dolman sleeve sheer blouses. The empire line sack makes a great addition to the summer wardrobe, along with short batwing minis that are just right for the rising mercury.
For evening glamour, lace makes an appearance for will-power maxis, elegant tulip skirt gowns, sheer palazzos and drop-shoulder tunics. Beach covers are utterly feminine as tulle and lace create a sexy look under the palm trees and floral printed shirts are worn with micro hot pants.
While colour is the mainstay of the two-piece simple skirt and top duo, the easygoing pants with printed Tees make a relaxed fashion declaration. Dresses move from full flared and gathered numbers to tiered belted printed maxis. The jumpsuit has a firm hold on the fashion charts in prints or solids, some with a one-shoulder accent or just an off-shoulder after dark treatment.
Footwear is about a cool comfy statement with block heels and wedges making it easy to relax; while mini gladiators, colourful sneakers, cute slip-ons and strappy sandals keep the feet well-heeled and stylish.
If women’s wear has colours and prints can men’s wear be far behind? Florals appear for shirts with contrast solid patch pockets or for front/back yokes. Grey, orange, pink, maroon, red, blue, purple with neutral hues like white, beige, black and ivory are on the shade card. The silhouette is lean, body-hugging for trousers and shirts.
Indigo denim jeans look good with short fitted biker jackets while for a slightly semi-formal look it’s a three-button short deconstructed jacket with two patch flap pockets and a tab on the lapels. Quilted zippered blousons in techno fabrics, four-button hunting jackets with three patch pockets and Bermudas with colourful sweatshirts and shorts complete the look.
The Take On Footwear
Loafers in neutral shades of grey, black, brown along with sneakers are the best bet when it comes to summer footwear. SS’16 is not just about keeping cool but doing it with breezy ease.