SS16: The Trends To Know From New York, London, Milan & Paris Fashion Week

With Paris Fashion Week in it's final hours, we look back to the shows from every fashion city to bring you the ultimate guide to the trends you need to know and shop now. 

As we start dressing for autumn, the fashion pack have been hitting the top four stylish cities, taking a look at what the designers have in store for us come spring. From Alexander Wang's last collection for Balenciaga, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne's first for DKNY, Alessandro Michele's second for Gucci and Christopher Kane's neo display, there's plenty to get excited about. Especially Chanel's Aeroport Paris Cambon. But what about the trends. 

It seems come SS16, slides will be replaced by the loafer slider, just take Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang as examples. Wrap midi skirts are to take over from mini's, but culottes are here to stay: Tibi, Rag & Bone and Joseph say so. To help you get prepared for next season, we searched high and low to find to top five trends for spring, as well as curating a list of pieces to shop now, so you can stay ahead of the game. 

Deconstructed ​Design 

Public School, Hood by Air & Versus

You can wave goodbye to the minimal sensibility seen on the catwalks for the past few seasons, as deconstructivism is set to take over. The colour palette may still be monochromatic shades of black, white and slate, but the cut has been slashed, frayed, and given an asymmetric edge. Prepare to bare, as this trend is sexed-up to the nines, leaving little to the imagination. Seen at Givenchy, Derek Lam, Faustine Steinmetz, Jacqemus, Versus, Altuzarra and many other international designers.

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Oh So Pure 

Calvin Klein Collection, Burberry & Alberta Feretti

Taking inspiration from the 70s, these puritan style dresses are maxi in length, neutral in palette and fluid in style. Think free-flowing, easy to wear beautiful fabrics that drape the body and allow for movement of all kinds. Designers in all cities seemed to create their own version, making these dresses a must have come spring. Seen at Victoria Beckham, Opening Ceremony, Public School, Burberry, Alberta Feretti and No.21, to name but a few. Get your hands on one now (below). 

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Frill City 

Mary Katrantzou, Gucci & Proenza Schouler

The biggest frills on the catwalk may have been Balmain's ruffle trousers, but many designers came before them. In New York, Proenza Schouler gave us elegant dresses with structural frills, in London it was Mary Katrantzou, and in Milan Gucci's new Creative Director, Alessandro Michele gave us plenty to play with. These complicated yet confident garms will answer your summer wedding dress dilemmas, and leave you wondering why you overlooked the flounces before. If these ensembles are a little too much for you, why not take a look at House of Holland's ruffle trim simple tees. 

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Primary Pop 

Margaret Howell, Marni & Stella McCartney

There was an abundance of head-to-toe white ensembles on the catwalks, however, when it came to colour, primary shades came out on top. Strong hues of red, yellow and blue cannot be overlooked come spring, Marni, Christopher Kane and Jacquemus will explain. Even Margaret Howell, known for her demure neutrals, added a pop of red to her roster. It's going to a bright summer, ladies. Get ready. 

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Pyjama Party 

Dolce & Gabanna, Balenciaga & Alexander Wang

It seems the Italian designers have sleep on their minds: Etro, Simonetta Ravizza and Dolce & Gabanna all gave us examples of what their women would wear, not to bed, but out on the town, all influenced by that glorious time of night where relaxation takes over. Alexander Wang felt the same, as he sent out an oversized pyjama shirt in New York during his eponymous line's presentation, and then again in Paris during his last collection for Balenciaga. We can safely say, SS16 is going to be a comfy season. 

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