As the sun begins to set the man remembers the decades past, The Flappers legs waltzed into the 1920’s, The Make Do and Mend mantra pervaded the 40’s,The Marilyn Monroe flirted her way into the 1950’s, The retro young un’ colourblocked until it was 1960,The Woodstock hippie merged into nature in the 1970’s, The fun loving disco diva danced into the 80’s, The butterfly loving schoolgirl left the 80’s in the 1990’s and the man was left shaking his head’
*My 1970’s Look
Throughout the course of history fashion has reinvented itself to suit a new era of political, cultural and economical understanding, creating iconic eras that transcends into modern day. The 70’s was free-spirited and its bohemian aesthetic saw a relaxed approach to fashion whilst the 80’s was fun loving, embracing the motto that bigger and bolder was better. Each iconic era and its use of colours has been reinvented for Spring/ Summer 2016, where a nostalgia for the fashions of decades past has infilitrated society once more. Designers reverted back to the past to not only borrow fashion but also to to adopt the principles behind each look i.e. the 70’s lack of conformity was shown through bell bottoms and unstructured tops to reject the regimented fluidity of identity. From structured ruffles to sunset hues waltzing down the runway here are the trends you will be seeing next season.
According to Fashion Scoop colours were split into five main palates: Vibrant Midtone or Seaside, Neutral or Desert Blooms, Pastel or Soft Nostalgia, Jewel Tones and Backyard Brights.
Seaside -as explained by Fashion Scoop- is inspired by the fun timeless feel of Brighton pier, with a vibrant selection of mid tones to sate your taste buds. Bubblegum pink is a key hue to covet this season and is best paired with coral and melon to off-set the pink and grapefruit casts. Newcomers Orchid and Aqua take centre stage while unsaturated shades of yellow including custard are tailored to specifically make an entrance. For the very brave the loud hue of Chartreuse is ‘introduced as the new lime’ while colour clashing is seen as the new monochrome.
Part of the vibrant midtone group, its salmon undertones makes it the most coveted pink this season and is best offset with desert bloom hues that can be found in the neutral palate.
A bright rich purple colour and named ever the flower bearing the same name, orchid has varying purple accents that range from greyish to reddish purple.
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Aqua is a greenish blue color and is a variation of the color cyan.
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Jewel tones remain relevant for Spring/Summer 2016 with primary shades of Red and Green at the forefront of the jewel tones group. Familiar ( and popular) shades of Aubergine, Burgundy and Ruby red also play their part and are revamped in haute couture form to remain relevant to the upcoming season. Teal and Evergreen merge the gap between green and blue while Navy remains an influential base colour.
Like its alcoholic namesake burgundy’s outreach is slow but satisfying and has firmly embedded itself at the core of fashion aristocracy. Pair with dark teal to mix tones and palates.
Found between blue and violet on the colour spectrum and one of the seven colours seen in a rainbow, Indigo is current next season because it lacks ‘coherence’ and structure an ethos that S/S 16 is hoping to emulate.
Dark teal is a medium-saturated, blue-green colour, similar to medium green and dark cyan and has tore up runways this season.
Desert Blooms: Neutral Palate
Desert Blooms takes inspiration from the arid textures of the gritty deserts with elements of the brights palate merging into neutral hues. For maximum impact juxtapose persimmon with hauzy taupe to give an off-balance look.
Named after the fruit bearing the same name Persimmon otherwise known as Sunset Orange is a combination of desert orange with pink to create a ‘sunset’ look. Undoubtably the hottest hue this season bright fashionistas everywhere are rejoicing the return of this ‘happy’ colour.
A darker cast grey neutral colour it is a hue favored by Game of Thrones and now you can get a slice of that fantasy action!
A mix between aqua and turquiose the mystical hue is perfect for creating a ‘witchy fantastical vibe’ and is a far cry from the pastels that dominate the catwalks. Alternative at its best.
Soft Nostalgia: Pastels palate
Soft Nostalgia is made up of muted and icy pastels including saturated pinks such as ‘ice pink’ and neutral base tones like bone. Chambray is out in force offering a saturated blue/grey alternative while deeper shades of Wisteria purple and Lemon Chiffon are underpinned by creamy accents.
Named after the deep purple flowers, Wisteria purple has emerged as the new fashion colour of S/S 16.
Yellow is updated to suit the pastel range and is developed with creamy undertones to create ‘Lemon Chiffon’
Backyard: brights palate
Saturation is the key to ‘owning’ Backyard brights with warm and cool hues juxtaposed against each other to create opposing accents. Green is a key shade to try in hues of Spring Green and Bright Grass while Candy Apple Red sits juicily at the centre of the catwalk show. Giving into commerciality the ever popular Electric Blue is set aside the muted periwinkle.
A cross between Indigo and Electric Blue, Periwinkle is light and fluffy, perfect for the blossoming of spring.
Candy Apple is bright red and updated in glossy format. For more of an impact wear Candy Apple with Electric Blue.
Photo credit The Fashion Scout
70s suede & Fringing
Last season suede was the most coveted material and this season nothing has changed.Above all other looks for autumn/winter 2015, the 70s fashion trend is the most ubiquitous with its indifferent, anti-conformist approach to fashion. Challenging the fashion agenda is no ordanairy feat so follow the 70s lead and be ahead of the fashion pack. Pair a suede fringed skirt with mixed textures and finish off the look with a clashing suede fringed bag.
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Be it an elegant high-neck ruffled collar or the melancholy elegance of black lace, a Victorian mood pervaded the runways. Designers like Riccardo Tisci placed the energy of the era in a thoroughly modern milieu, and his new collection forGivenchy was a nod to the style of singer FKA twigs and Californian street culture as much as it was to the nineteenth-century queen. Similarly, Altuzarra’s slit dresses and Valentino’s floor-sweeping lace looks were a forward-thinking take on red-carpet dressing.
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The 90’s was like marmite you either loved it or hated it but has produced cult items that are set to be popular in Spring. Think luxe pyjamas and night slips to be layered over everyday wear for an update on the 90’s classic.
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The 80’s were characterized by ‘bright’ colours and shiny costume jewellery to convey an image of wealth and prosperity. The 80’s favoured lurex fabrics that were as far removed from the hippy culture of the 70’s as possible and make-up was colourful like the fun-loving individuals that inhabited the decade and next season the 80’s is out in force. Think shiny knife pleats in dresses and skirts that can take you from day to night with a few subtle accessories.
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Photography- Jumanna Khanom and catwalk credit goes to We Connect Fashion
Playsuit and Boots Lily Lulu
Sunglasses: Quay Australia