If you’re drawn to a more feminine vibe when getting dressed, Victorian-inspired dresses and blouses will likely be key players in your fall wardrobe. Youthful, prairie girl styles with high necklines and frills, and demure, gothic pieces in layers of lace and velvet had a big moment on the Fall ’16 runways. A focus on layers of sheer whisper-thin wovens, silk, and lace means that these pieces are inherently light and can debut now while the weather is warm. This off-the shoulder, ruffled Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dress will turn heads at a late summer wedding and come November during the holiday party circuit.
Rose Quartz is the Pantone color of 2016, and from Sies Marjan to Marni, we saw the dusty shade of pink take several forms in the Fall ‘16 collections. We especially love how The Row contrasted the inherent femininity of the hue with soft tailoring and minimalist silhouettes. The monochromatic slip dress and oversized blazer is the ultimate lesson in understated ease and will bring warmth into the cooler months.
The easy elegance of the ‘70s continues to be a big influence in Fall collections showing up in the form of throwback prints like paisleys, geometrics, tapestries, and embroidery, as well as loose, below-the-knee or ankle-grazing bohemian silhouettes. The great thing about this trend is that it’s easy to embrace year round. This jumpsuit by Warm—the NYC-based label inspired by the halcyon hippie days of the ‘70s and designed for the modern woman’s lifestyle—works just as well with open toe sandals now as it will with suede boots come October.
This trend portrays too-cool-to-care irreverence in a way that suggests musical icons and off-duty models alike. A nod to the ‘90s, the grunge of 2016 embraces a worn-in feel with plenty of deconstruction, plus layers of denim and plaid. Whether embracing Saint Laurent’s sleek interpretation or R13’s casual-cool spin, it’s all about effortless layering. Delicate slip dresses pair with heavy-duty boots for the ultimate masculine/feminine contrast—a look that works for summer sans oversized cardigan—and frayed hems of cutoffs or ankle-grazers give denim an nonchalant edge.
Designers continue to embrace lace for the inherent romance it lends to dresses, pants, and blouses. For Fall ‘16, lace takes a dark and sporty turn fit for the bold sophisticate. Masculine pieces like this Maison Mayle jumpsuit (pictured), these Philsophy lace culottes, and Gabriela Hearst’s lace polo become edgy and unexpected thanks to the mix of bold, black lace and clean lines. These pieces will be equally as striking styled with eye-catching jewelry at summer soirées or toned down under layers of fall knits and outerwear.