I have got a bloody good news for you, if you haven’t heard of it yet – trend analysing will never be easier with the existence of this first ever runway search engine – Tagwalk. It means that most of us (myself at least) will no longer have to adopt the usual practice for dummy when rounding up our favourite seasonal elements, which is by painfully scanning through the shows one by one on Vogue.com. So far, it seems that the site’s data base will be accumulating from FW16 onwards where all its runway looks had already been defined with relevant keywords, that means it will take you straight to the compatible looks when you search for a certain style, colour or material. What’s more is that you can also create mood boards with the options of saving them as pdf or printing them out directly. It only gets better – the website is also said to be extending its image bank into accessories and contemporary brands, such as Sandro and The Kooples, in the near future. Does this all sound too good to be true? Yes, it is indeed. As you can imagine, I have already been making the most of this new searcher myself and concluded that below are my three favourite key trends of FW16 – all just took me one click at a time.
From left: Lacoste, Dries Van Noten, Haider Ackermann, Valentino, Costume National
Velvet is hardly new as a trend and it is admittedly a tricky material that people either love or hate. I must confess that I have always been quiet a fan of it though, but obviously it all come down to the actual design – with the wrong application, it could easily turned into a tacky nightmare. This season, there are so much velvet greatness. I am particularly in love with Haider Ackermann’s genius touch of fuchsia velvet – so very audacious in spirit. The red pajama set from Costume National is something I would want to wear for sure. The silhouette and colour are just perfect in every way – this is how you do velvet on velvet right. A big applause must be given to Lacoste for making the theatrical fabric so modern and wearable with a sporty twist.
YOU’RE THE BOMB
From left: Chloe, Alexander Wang, Lacoste, Off-White, Coach
Because one can never have too many bomber jackets – means that brands have to put in the best effort to constantly giving the classic a fresh update. Alexander Wang shows us what would happened if bomber and double breasted coat made a baby. The shearling bomber coat seen at Lacoste is both luxurious and street savvy, while the separable design makes it even more adaptable. Coach has been undergoing a lot of transformation lately and appearing younger every time – its series of bold and fun varsity bombers will be a coming hit for sure. Better watch out.
From left: Saint Laurent Paris, Acne Studios, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana
Think Saturday Night Fever, Studio 54, glitter, loads of glitter… Most of fashion’s faux pas could possibly be spared when it comes to this trend which is basically built on the idea of ‘more is more’. From Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana to Acne Studios, who is a relatively rare player in flashy trends, all teamed up to pay tribute to this 70s spirit. As for Gucci and Louis Vuitton, both depicted a sense of elegance with their flowy mid-length dresses – the kind of dresses that are made for a spin on the dance floor.
Mood images – Patternity