Brown Thomas – Autumn/Winter 2016 Collection
Earlier this week Brown Thomas showcased their highly anticipated Auntumn/Winter 2016 collection. Check out what’s in store for all you fashionistas next season!
The themes of Diversity and freedom run right the way through the BTAW16 collection, breathing modernity and innovation into fashion. Brown Thomas is taking traditional designs and styles, flipping them upside down and adding a contemporary twist. The result is a unique collection featuring everything from ballerinas to punks. There are six different themes within the AW2016 collection- Symbol of Femininity, Sculptural Silhouettes, Urban Street, Genderless, Fairy Tale Fantasy, and Global Traveller.
Brown Thomas is renowned for delivering the most coveted new labels from the international runways and next season is no exception with fresh new labels such as Loewe, Vetements, Proenza Schouler, Maticevski and Ellery featuring in the AW16 collection.
In terms of clothing, there are a number of strong trends throughout the BTAW16 collection such as asymmetrical lines, exaggerated volumes and unexpected mixes. A new and updated version of the classic bodycon is back as well as obscure silhouettes, abstract frills and peculiar proportions.
Throughout much of the collection there is a distinct defeminisation of fashion as the gernderless peeps through. We can see this in the military themes at Givenchy. Also next season, expect to see powerful mixes of rich cultural references from around the globe which offer unexpected contrasts in both opulent fabrics and textures in collections including Givenchy and Prada.
Looking towards the future Brown Thomas showcases oversized pieces such as hoodies, jackets, boiler suits and biker jackets. Overall we see a rather two faced fashion with a clear focus on sportswear
In terms of accessories, there is a strong focus on handbags – we see top handle and saddle styles from Céline and Diane Von Furstenberg and the mini shoulder bag from Chloe and Marni. The Autumn colours burgandy, cream and brown are set to be big. The clutch is big for next season too and remains as versatile as ever ranging from Balenciaga’s oversized shapes to Diane Von Furstenbergs mini, heaviliy embellished style. Statement bags also return in bright clours, mixed prints and metallics.
The themes within the AW16 accessory collection are varied and full of contrast. Ornate baroque buckles, jewel detailing and rich embellishments feature heavily. There is great variety in terms of texture as we see velvet, suede, snakesin , sequins, fur and calf skin. In terms of colours winter wine, moss green, saddle brown, dominant black and grey are in.
When it comes to the AW16 footwear collection we see new updates to classic staples. knee high boots are a major trend with chic designs from Aquazurra, Valentino, Isabel Marant, Gianvito Rossi and Balenciaga. Designers play with materials such as leathers, high gloss patent and patchwork snakeskin. Styles are mainly kept simple and clean with a 1970s and 1980s vibe.
Ankle boots continue to creep up closer to the calf on both single sole and platform styles with the block heel remaining key once again. Chloe, Isabel Marant and Prada are the designers to note for this trend. When it comes to the over the knee boot a slouchier silhouette is coming back for AW16. These designs are in soft suedes making it a casual, wearable look.
Making the perfect transitional shoe into AW16 is the skate boot, a fresh new trainer. Classic lace ups, both low and high top also remain key. Similarly The slip on trainer makes a mark and comes to the forefront with playful mixes and embellishments at Miu Miu and Dolce & Gabbana.
Another key transitional shoe is the loafer made popular by Gucci. The squared off toe gives a fresh update. Black and tan leathers remain key as do more playful prints.
The platform continues to make a firm fashionable return with this season’s catwalks showing high heels tempered by large platform soles. Valentino showcases ballet styles in shades of nudes in butter soft leathers while ghillie lacing addsa more contemporary twist.
That’s all we can tell you for now, you’ll just have to sit tight until this collection hits the Brown Thomas store.
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