The year 2016 is showing itself quite diverse in terms of fashion apparel and it does not seem like it has any intention of stopping. What is very exiting about this year is that we are really seeing some great styles and trends emerging harder than ever before. There are so many things to choose from and it really pleases us to bring you up to date with the hottest trends that the United Kingdom has ever seen. Needless to say, Fashion Week has left its mark this year and the UK is not only interested in local or Western trends, but it has developed quite a keen eye for Eastern fashion as well. Today we are going to explore some of the greatest trends that we have seen this year, hopefully presenting some options that will really cater to your needs and free your wardrobe from its usual mundane state (if that is the case). There is only good news about this year’s trends: there are a lot of them and, even if you see something that you would not wear during the summer, be sure that there are plenty pieces that are going to make a stand later this year. So, shall we begin?
The Fascination with Sculptural Jewelry
We are very excited to talk about sculptural jewelry, especially since we have yet to tackle this subject in our previous guides. This particular type of jewelry stands out from the rest because it breaks all the conventional rules that fashion agrees with. Louis Vitton, Loewe and Balenciaga are dictating jewelry fashion apparel this year with polished metal bangles matched with a chocker and earrings. You remember all the times we mentioned that you should not overdo the jewelry? Well, it’s finally time to break that rule. In the last two years we have been witnessing this sudden transition to a chunkier, metallic style that is not only being used with party pieces, but day to day clothing as well. Suffice it to say that extravagance is slowly making its way into our lives and while we were always used to wearing discrete or statement items separately, now it’s time to go big or go home. The more metallic you are, the better. And if you are not aiming to attract everyone’s attention by being bold and out there, why did you even come to the party in the first place? But heavy metals are not exactly what you would wear during summer, right? This season makes us demand comfort as much as possible, so having three statement pieces weighing down on you is not exactly ideal. Remember when we said that some styles will emerge later this year? This is one of those cases. The thing is that autumn is automatically correlated with armor: you need to protect yourself from the cold, the bad weather and you also need to face the changes that the season brings with confidence and looking good. It’s all conceptual, of course. Make sure that you don’t face the rain with three golden sculptural jewel pieces because that would be a total waste. This is just an example of how these jewels transcend the “usual look” and become something more aspirational. It is safe to say that sculptural jewelry is a modern look deal-breaker and it can totally make the difference between “putting that old jewel on” and looking fantastic.
How the Tokyo Fashion Week Made Impact on the UK
Street style is, by default, something that young people always look forward to exploring. This is exactly what they Tokyo Fashion Week had to offer: an actual modern-looking street style that everyone could relate to. The strong cultural difference seems to be irrelevant in this specific situation and the silky well known souvenir jacket was a total blast. You know the story behind these jackets, don’t you? They used to be bought as souvenirs by American soldiers who returned home from the Second World War It’s a little bit too early for this style, especially since it fits best during spring, but you might want to check out the Gucci and Saint Laurent versions if you want to go for something a little bit more luxurious. It’s quite fascinating how this trend because so popular in the United Kingdom and, at the same time, it is a great reason for us to explore cultural diversity. We should take great pride in ourselves for having the strength and open-mindedness to tackle a style that is so different from ours. Before we finish our Asian admiration we must mention that, should you be interested in these original pieces, you can find them if you look for Shimokitazawa. This is the producer who is putting the vintage jackets at your disposal. You will not be disappointed.
Emerging Trends That Demand Attention
Now that we went through some of the interesting and a little unexpected upcomings, it’s time we set our eyes of the flashiest of the flashiest. These are trends that literally shook cities when presented and you can definitely bet that you will start seeing more and more people adopting them as soon as possible. The vinyl trousers were made famous by Bella Hadid, Alexa Chung and Gisele. These three gorgeous ladies know how to rock vinyls in the right way. Are they for everyone out there? Yes they are! There are few trousers in the world who can speak “sexy” as loud as these things can. They are quite comfortable, adjustable with any piece of clothing given that you match the right colors and they really accentuate your beautiful legs. You will want to have at least one pair before autumn kicks in. Luxury sportswear is the perfect example of what you should get your hands on right now. It all started with Kirsty Wark wearing tracksuit trousers when she went live a couple of months ago. It is safe to assume that luxury sportswear is going to stay for a while, if not for good. Let’s look at some of the big names: Céline, Louis Vitton and Alexander Wang all agree to the fact that luxury sportswear has become a normal part of our modern day to day look. After all, who would deny that with all this global warming we don’t need clothes that are as chick and as comfortable as they can get? Sportswear satisfies all our needs: it looks great, it gives us confidence and it is super comfortable, perfect for any non-gym location. Fashion apparel has also made a strong impression during the Milan Fashion Week back in March. While the combination of Fashion Week and Milan usually stirs our thoughts towards something more sensual, this year proved to be more about eccentricity. Things stopped looking like eye candy and our regular bombshells became a little geeky and dark. But don’t get us wrong! It was astonishing! Perhaps the reason why this trend will stick is because it was so unexpected. Still, it played very well to everyone’s appeal and we can safely assume that we are going to see some of the exposed pieces during winter this year. You can feel free to check out what happened at Milano this year, but we will give you a fair warning: if you look now you might not be able to wait another 4 to 6 months. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.
It would have been impossible for us not to mention bags and shoes. Really, if there is anything that you absolutely must know about, it’s these two accessories. In terms of bags you need to check out the followings 2016 collections: Victoria Beckham, Balenciaga, Chloe, Prada, Gucci and Coach. As for shoes, let’s just say that the autumn-winter collection is phenomenal (to say the least). Heels seem to be making a stand once more, buckles are emerging, platforms just blossomed and long boots are going to stay this for this cold season. The explosion of diversity is so overwhelming that it is literally difficult to talk about everything. The best way to describe them is to just suggest that you google Vogue shoe guides for 2016 and check everything out for yourself. So we have sculptural jewelry, Tokyo jacket influences, vinyl trousers, luxury sportswear, eccentricity and a huge variety of shoes and bags. And to top everything off, these are not even all the super trends that have turned 2016 upside down. But they definitely are the strongest. The only thing that distances us from them is time. If you keep your eyes wide open, you will quickly see some of these clothing styles appear here and there until they explode completely. But the most important thing that you need to remember about trends is that they are just that: trends. At some point, wearing vinyl trousers might become something entirely normal. Trends are interesting when they emerge but, when they start to become common, you need to look up again and look for the next best thing that defines you. Do not allow trends to render you stagnant.