For Crisostomo, being trendy is “no longer cool,” but being different is. Matching is out, as he tries to inject a sense of contradiction in his styling and coloring.
Fabrics such as plaids, botanical prints, tweeds, organza and “interesting” jacquards will be big this year. So are collages of fabrics, thick laces and sequined materials.
Hot colors range from shades of white, mint and pink, while silhouettes tend to be long, lean and boxy. Lingerie, in the form of spaghetti straps, short skirts and romantic off-shoulder necklines, will be big.
Flat shoes, chunky sandals and jeweled heels are in, and will go well with chokers, chain necklaces and shoulder-grazing earrings.
Fashion to Lustico is entering a “new, immaculate phase” due to technology. Metallics, see-through looks, lace and baroque detailing have peaked. In their place is a “sexier, more ethereal” sensibility expressed in looser silhouettes with strategic cutouts and risqué reveals.
Cinco sees a “plethora of old reliables” such as metallics and sequined, shimmery fabrics making a comeback. But this time, they will be updated and “infused with the new.”
The Latin influence, evident in tiers, flounces, ruffles and ultra-feminine silhouettes, will be big. The more adventurous will be drawn to voluminous sleeves and plenty of shoulder-baring.
Hot prints for summer include updated versions of tie-dye and botanicals. Bigger and more graphic pinstripes for men will be the norm. Long scarves are 2016’s accessory du jour.
Since we’re in the middle of the decade, fashion is entering a “cusp,” says Reyes. He sees fashion this year as a “more pronounced” version of 2015, with greater emphasis on romantic looks in the form of flounces and ladylike dresses. In keeping with soft romantic lines mixed with tailored pieces, the “natural” waist will make a comeback.
Vintage and pop prints will be mixed and matched, while lace and florals will evoke a more vintage feel harking back to the ’60s.
Because of global warming, lighter, cooler fabrics with a bit of stretch will be big. The booming local economy will also result in greater demand for coats and thermals, as more Filipinos travel abroad.
Mobo’s key fabrics for 2016 include supple, light satin, chiffon and lace. Lingerie-inspired slip dresses and the pajama/sleepwear party trend will continue, but pieces will have lighter fabrications, cleaner silhouettes and barely-there coverage. Off-shoulder and asymmetrical necklines will be big.
Colors inspired by minerals, such as titanium, “rusted” peach, rose quartz and black onyx, will compete with metallic shades for women’s attention.
This year is all about reinventing retro silhouettes such as off-shoulder necklines, bell sleeves and flare pants, says Cabahug. Splashes of color like rose quartz and floral prints will rule. Pleated, knitted and net-like fabrics will be big.
Lingerie dressing using such materials as silk, lace and other see-through materials will continue to be big in 2016, says Andrada. Victorian-inspired details like laces, ruffles and opulent beadwork reflect the romantic look. Puffed or pagoda sleeves are in, and so are shimmery fabrics for evening.
Hot colors like orange, rust, yellow and red will compete with more refreshing tones like rose quartz and “serenity” blue. Clutches and envelope bags with decorative hardware and chains are also worth investing in.
For Rodriguez, different versions, sizes and uses of stripes and Spanish influence in the form of flamenco ruffles, fringes, embroideries and lace appliqués will be big in 2016. Vintage floral prints will be making a comeback.
Sequined mini dresses and tops channeling the ’70s disco era and bomber jackets made of various materials and embellishments for men and women will also be big.
Necklines will range from off-shoulder to Victorian high collars and puffed sleeves in floral prints. Boudoir dressing—from printed pajama pantsuits to slinky slip dresses with lace appliqués and dressy robe covers—will be hot. So are knife-pleat versions of the classic electric pleats.
In lieu of towering heels, flat mules and comfy shoes will remain the trend.
Laurel favors “pure” materials like cotton, linen and silk that allow the body to breathe. Denim, chambray and linen will also prevail.
Colors for the first quarter of 2016 include white beige, cream, camel and tan, combined with classic shades like black, gray and indigo. He also favors the “palest” of blues.
Treatments like embroidery and patchwork tend to reflect the personalized approach. Tie-dye, done in a newer, more modern way, will stage a comeback.
Items to invest in include a slip dress or camisole, bomber jacket, and oversized denim and chambray pieces like pants, shirts and dresses. Mannish wrap shirts and light, linear tunics are ideal for layering.
Must-have accessories in 2016 are scarves, thin chord belts, mini bucket bags and single-statement earring. Wedge-type platforms or thick Cuban heels will remain relevant.
Escario sees ’70s fashion making a comeback, but it will be updated and made to look cleaner and more subtle through the use of crisp fabrics like silk organdy and linen.
Shoulders will be more pronounced, while necklines will be lower to show more cleavage.
Escario plans to add a bit of shine for evening wear by incorporating lamé. Dresses in shades of pink and accented with ruffles and flounces will be ideal resort wear staples, while Downton Abbey-inspired frocks in the form of robes and camisoles will rule the evening. Innerwear as outerwear will make a comeback.
Alzate plans to give prints a rest by highlighting and juxtaposing textures and creative detailing. He will be mixing “soft and hard” looks with loose and formfitting silhouettes to make the trend work. He will also be using plenty of jacquards, tweeds and cottons for his coming collections.
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