By Lindsay Cooper
In hindsight, every decade has a standout style that defines it, sixties had mod culture, hippie era dominated the seventies, we saw punk in the eighties, and the birth of punk’s more subdued counterpart with grunge in the nineties. But as we get closer to contemporary fashion, it gets harder to define. Was there ever a name for the style that paired incredibly low-rise flared jeans with navel bearing tops given to us by early 2000’s Paris Hilton?
Our inability to define our current era of fashion leaves many confused and some even claiming that we are following a “no trend” trend, with runways just a ragbag of what the designers are digging this season rather than following any overarching themes. With New York Fashion Week coming to a close this week and London Fashion Week opening up, there is no better time to examine our current era of fashion.
The 2016 Autumn/Winter collections that hit Manhattan this week obviously drew from past eras, with Polo Ralph Lauren’s use of suede and Anna Sui’s hippie chic both reminiscent of the 70’s, the structured peacoats and miniskirts of the 60’s making an appearance in Michael Kors’ collection, and the jewel tones of Edwardian era fashion appearing almost everywhere. Despite eclectic inspirations, there were common themes seen across collections.
We saw the beauty trend of statement makeup (expressed through bold lips and/or bold eyes) from autumn 2015 persevering and bringing moodier hued clothing with it. With dark blues, mauves, greens, rusts, and (of course) all shades of black, there were definite punk revivals from the leather and crystal crucifix chokers at Fenty x Puma by Rihanna to nearly every piece in of Alexander Wang’s show.
Michael Kors autumn/winter 2016
The most common theme was everything in excess. Regardless of the era of inspiration, whether Victoriana vibes at Rodarte and Naeem Khan or the return of 1990’s Goth leather trench coats at Proenza Schouler, everything was done with exuberance. Our fashion advice for the upcoming autumn and winter seasons: find something you love and run with it, whether that means wearing black-on-black, a full suede get up, or even staging a full revival of punk culture.
Photo of Alexander Wang's autumn/winter 2016 collection courtesy of @FashionToMax on Instagram
Photo of Proenza Schouler's autumn/winter 2016 collection courtesy of IMAXTREE