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Milan Fashion Week SS16 trend report

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Ah, trend reports: that time where we fashion observers and writers attempt to condense literally thousands of diverse, complex and contradictory looks into neat little categories such as “neo gothic” “future gypsy” and “disco robots from the past”. Nonsense aside, trend spotting is a fine (and fun!) art: noticing patterns and clusters of ideas among designers first of all – and then predicting which of these may, via Zara, Topshop and yes, even the labels themselves, actually trickle down onto real human bodies.

So, what do we think the world will be wearing for spring/summer ’16? Here are our predictions:

Geek chic

[image: Gucci via vogue.com]

Not so much your typical nerd as that insouciant French librarian who still manages to somehow look like a total babe wearing a pile of ill-fitting cast-offs from the 70s. Midi skirts, oversized cardigans, pussy bow blouses, clashing colours, socks and clumpy shoes: we saw them at Jil Sander, No.21, Fendi and even Gucci; next spring, they’ll be everywhere.

Kaleidoscopic florals

[Image: For Restless Sleepers via vogue.com]

Groundbreaking new trend alert for spring: flowers! Just kidding! But also not kidding, because flowers really are set to be a thing next year, just not as you’ve seen them before. Stylised, oversized and in a riotous palette of saturated hues, floral prints were all over Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Dondup and new editors’ fave For Restless Sleepers. These are flowers for grown-ups, and we can’t get enough.

Ultra feminine

[Image: No.21 via vogue.com]

Diaphanous ruffles, tiers, and long flowing skirts: feminine is back and it’s floating to a store near you. Francesco Scognamiglio, No. 21, Roberto Cavalli, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini and Gucci were all at it and you will be too. IRL, layer this over a white t-shirt à la No.21 to avoid looking like you’ve stumbled out of a costume department.

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