The Fashion Hits
by Mirna Abouzeid
December 18, 2016
Trends this season don’t disappoint with some established ones staying strong while exciting new comers add to our list of favorites. Forget what you know about winter color palettes; this season designers invite us to ‘think pink’ as they incorporated the unexpected hue into their collections in everything from pants and skirts to suits and coats. A staple on the runways, fur was featured in countless collections from the likes of Aigner, Rodarte, Saint Laurent and Chloé, with a wide variety of styles on display from floral furs to patchwork styles as well as shaggy fur coats and furs in bright, bold colors. A huge trend last fall, velvet has proved it’s here for the long haul. From Haider Ackermann to Alberta Ferretti, pantsuits to evening dresses, you can’t go wrong with the luxurious fabric this season. Read on to get your fashion fix for the coming season.
All your preconceived ideas regarding winter colors are out the window this season as the sea of neutrals, greys and black parts to make way for pink! From pastel shades to bright hues, dusty pink to magenta, every shade of pink is a go this season as designers such as Chanel, Comme des Garçons and Altuzarra invite us to embrace the fresh and unexpected color palette. At Tibi it was head-to-toe pretty pastel while hot pink sequins at Dolce & Gabbana were ultra-feminine and playful. The pink velvet dress at Preen by Thornton Bregazzi combined two of this season’s biggest trends while at Creatures of Comfort and Delpozo pink was paired with yellow. Be it a pink coat à la Monique Lhuillier and Milly or top-to-toe color as seen at Gucci, be sure to add a little (or a lot of!) pink to your wardrobe this season.
Velvet proved to be the fabric of the season! From eveningwear to casual separates in luxurious hues ranging from emerald green and cobalt blue to deep reds and classic black, velvet adds a luxurious touch to any outfit. At Giorgio Armani black velvet was featured in daywear in everything from sporty tracksuits to full-leg cropped pants while Marc Jacobs served up velvet with a futuristic vibe combined with a gothic twist. Jason Wu took a streetwear approach to the trend with loose separates achieving a youthful yet chic style while Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch brought on the glamour with stunning velvet gowns in colorful hues.
While fur for winter may not sound like a revolutionary concept, this year designers pulled out all the stops to give a colorful spin on this classic trend. Be it real or faux, fur coats in every size, color and style are available this season. At Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam and Vera Wang it was all about the patchwork furs while Diane Von Furstenberg took a minimalist approach to the trend by incorporating faux fur collars in bright colorful hues on leather coats. At Fendi vibrant striped fur was seen on coats and accessories as was the case at Roberto Cavalli, where the striped fur coats channeled a ‘70s vibe. At Chloé and Rodarte colorful shaggy fur coats hit the runway while at Saint Laurent it was go bold or go home with fire engine red and cobalt blue coats making a statement. Michael Kors combined two of the season’s hottest trends in one with floral fur coats.
Sportswear proved to be a standout trend this season with the likes of Tory Burch, Louis Vuitton and Versace incorporating a variety of sporty elements into their collections. From the slopes to the runway ski jackets were seen making their debut at Balenciaga; paired with pants and heels, they make for the perfect look from 9 to 5! The sporty girl was all grown up at Gucci, Marni and Max Mara with designers featuring a more tailored approach to the trend, while on the opposite end of the spectrum comfy hoodies and anoraks were featured at Vetements and Alexander Wang. Lacoste showcased stylish yet cozy velvet tracksuits that embodied the perfect balance between comfort and fashion, but the most widely seen interpretation of the sportswear trends would have to be the jumpsuit – modern, sporty and little on the futuristic side, it made its way down the runway at Emilio Pucci, Wanda Nylon and Courrèges, just to name a few!