As Pre Fall 16 capsules are slowly being drip fed to the masses, like some sort of fashion advent calendar in which we’re allowed to unwrap one collection per day, two things have become very apparent: Time flies (it seems likes only last week PFW came to a close) and, the only people who get a kick out of advent calendars are children – I want to pig out on a month’s worth of Pre Fall collections in one day.
The Pre Fall interlude serves as a good check point to measure trends from the SS16 against and gain insight into the upcoming AW16 runway season – which is exactly what we’re going to get into in this post – focusing on the trends from SS16 that Pre Fall is confirming, and looking at new Autumn/Winter trends that will follow Pre Fall 16.
Soft cosmetic and peach tones that we saw during SS16 seasons have been picked up again for Pre Fall, as seen as Red Valentino, Rebecca Taylor and Jason Wu, updated with a slightly chalky shade.
Capes weren’t necessarily out in numbers during SS16, however, rumours swirled around the internet that they would be back for AW16 – a shape trend we’re seeing confirmed by Red Valentino, Chanel and Burberry.
Romantic Prairie – one of the key themes we called out for SS16 – has been confirmed for the Pre Fall 16 season, coming through in structured soft lace dress with billowing sleeves and sheer panels.
Shearling, typically found on collars, is a new addition for the Pre Fall 16 season, adding texture and warmth to outerwear that will likely flow into the AW16 season – as seen as Diane von Furstenberg, MM6 and Red Valentino.
Dark Denim was the shade of choice for Pre Fall 16, with designers steering clear of washed out light blue denims. Expect to see these shades carry through to AW16.
After it’s absence for SS16, Animal Print returns for Pre Fall 16, in both traditional and mottled applications that will likely carry through to AW16. A new addition to the usually range of animal prints was Adam Lippes’ use of Tiger print throughout his Pre Fall collection.
Oversized Tailored Suiting with longline blazers and wide leg pants offered a new silhouette for the Pre Fall 16 season, one that we can expect to see introduced next February for AW16.
Pink was a key pop colour for the Pre Fall 16 season, ranging from soft washed out pastels, flamingoes, candy musks and pink lemonade; as seen at Erdem, Zac Posen, Sonia Rykiel, Michael Kors and Altuzarra.
Metallics appear to be sticking around for AW16, this time in golds, heavy sequins and soft, shiny lurex; as seen at Altuzarra, See by Chloe, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Adam Lippes.
Papaya was a new colour for the Pre Fall 16 season, blending reds and oranges to create a slightly burnt tone that still carried a hit of zest.