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PRE-FALL 2016: the 12 biggest trends

  • artburo
  • Tuesday January 12th, 2016

How best to sum up the mood that emerged from all the action on the Spring 2016 runways? In a word: profusion.

Here was maximalism of a new stripe, writ large everywhere, from the collection of Gucci’s magpie creative director,Alessandro Michele, to those of romantics like Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton and Erdem Moralioglu.

If the season’s new clothes are any indication, shoppers are hungrier than ever for something to grab onto, for an emotional component that extends beyond mere high-gloss luxury.

Designers have responded in kind, serving up the romantic, the eye-catching, and the ornate. Even the industry’s most-famed minimalists are wearing a certain eccentricity on their sleeves—in Phoebe Philo’s case, we mean that quite literally, with the period-tinged full-sleeves she showed at Céline.

With the season’s visual feast, how best to make sense of what you’ll be shopping for come springtime? We’ve broken down the 12 key trends here