Five of the trendiest ‘F/W 2016’ presentations

We all want to be on top of the latest trends, but with dozens of new trends every season this may seem like a lofty goal. With hundreds of designers, it can be hard to keep up, and unless your last name is Kardashian, it’s basically impossible to shop for every trend.

Worry not, fashionistas – we have tools of the trade to narrow down the choices for each new season. Thanks to Pantone’s seasonal color trend report and Vogue’s runway trend reviews, anyone can be the next style icon.

Below, I’ve narrowed down the list to five fall/winter fashion shows with the most on-trend color stories.

So enjoy being trendy. And you’re welcome.


Valentino F/W 2016 – Paris Fashion Week


This runway presentation by Maria Grazia Chiuri for Valentino was the perfect blend of fabric and flush – drawing inspiration from ballet, models glided down the runway in elegant taupe tulle. Just as Pantone predicted, the pink, blue and yellow hues interacted superbly with one another, creating looks that could be worn for a night on the town or a morning coffee date.


Balmain F/W 2016 – Paris Fashion Week


Olivier Rousteing’s presentation was the epitome of sleek, sexy and romantic, as sharp silhouettes and neatly shaped folds combined with a pale color palette and daring flashes of skin.

This runway show was composed with regal refinement as models in thigh-high boots marched on marble floors. The Pantone color Sharkskin played a tremendous role in the collection, appearing on many monochromatic looks that would could be worn to the party and the after party.


Gucci F/W 2016 – Milan Fashion Week


Described as “Catherine de’ Medici and ’70s sport,” by creative director Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s presentation embodied geek chic to its core.

Bright color combinations met with sleek fabrics, which played on eccentric detailing and graceful tulle, creating a collection brimming with whimsy. Models in horn-rimmed glasses flounced down the runway in oversized fur coats and ruffles – combining luxury fabrics with playful silhouettes, creating outfits that can be dressed up or down for nearly any occasion.


Tanya Taylor F/W 2016 – New York Fashion Week


Breakout fashion designer Tanya Taylor showed a collection proving sexy and quirky are are not mutually exclusive when it comes to fashion. Bright pops of flower prints decorated dark hues of black and blue paired perfectly with oversized coats and silken dresses.

The collection time-warped us back to the 70s as models appeared in retro silhouettes – from wide-leg trousers to short dresses with shirt collars. Pantone colors bloomed in the flower motifs, making these outfits perfect for the working woman.


Chanel F/W 2016 – Paris Fashion Week


A show by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel is always a must-see event, and his Fall 2016 collection is no exception.

Lagerfeld’s presentation introduced an edgy take on classic shapes, as beautiful coats were paired with skirts and rubber boots, contrasting luxury with utility. Dreamy pinks combined with the serene blue of denim created an unexpectedly perfect pairing. Pinks and blues predicted by Pantone ruled Chanel’s fall/winter collection, creating a beautiful blend of depth and light.

While all of us may not be able to afford designer, a little inspiration for the fall wardrobe never hurt anyone, right?


by Scott Harvin




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