FGI Fashion Group International SS16 Trend Forecast: Haute & Happening

FGI Spring/Summer 2016 Trend Forecast Event: Haute & Happening – Trends for SS16 & Beyond – Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

What’s your style personality?

With each season the search to discover one’s own personal style never really ends. Whether you draw inspiration from the places you visit, the people you meet, the things you see or directly from the runway, chances are your style is evolving season after season.

Retailers, vendors, and fashionistas alike escaped the cold streets of Toronto this week for yet another sought-after FGI event at the Shopify headquarters. The FGI (Fashion Group International) hosts events that educate and inform members, promoting the exchange of ideas and common resources within the industry. On the agenda Haute & Happening: Trends for SS16 & Beyond.

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While attendees arrived dressed for the weather outside in the trends of FW15, Sharon Graubard of the New York-based trend-forecasting house Mintmoda was armed with an arsenal of colour, inspiration and global influences that painted a picture of what is to be expected in Spring/Summer 2016.

Graubard playfully drew inspiration from the fashion personality quizzes often found in magazines and presented a curated collection of style personalities from the Femme to the Modern Nomad.

The Femme
She looks like:

A ladylike Anna Wintour or Alexa Chung.
Key trends & elements: teal, greens, Gucci. Put together and freshly reinterpreted.

A romantic Lena Dunham, Taylor Swift.
Key trends & elements: Buttercream, tulle, lace, gorgeous florals, icey pales and pretty pastels.

The Sophisticate
She looks like:

A Vogue Grace Coddington or Cate Blanchett.
She understands the power of a uniform.
Key trends & elements: quality fabric, hidden details, black, white, cream, experimental shapes.

An edgy Kate Moss, Kate Lanphear.
Key trends & elements: black leather, lean and mean, slept in eye makeup, motorcycle jackets and the everyday fur over jeans.
The Classic
She looks like:

A neo-trad Sarah Rutson.
Key trends & elements: denim and chambray, silver shoes, sports elements, athleisure, fresh colour blocking, dull pink with mustard yellow.

Denim is like fur or leather…anyone who says denim is over is wrong

– Sharon Graubard

A neutrois Cara Delevingne or Charlotte Gainsbourg.
She buys basics in the men’s department.
Key trends & elements: Boyish ease, gender fluid, olive, utilities, Alexander Wang, slouchy trousers.


The Individualist
She looks like:

A curator like Lucinda Chambers or Iris Apfel.
She must fall in love with every piece. She dresses from the ground up and always adds something special.
Key trends & elements: mixed patterns and textures, patterned suit, one great piece, chinoiserie, expressive, summer fur, “a confrontation with antiquity”.

A freestyler like Susie Lau.
Key trends & elements: Younger look, multilayers, “Boho candy”, Chloe, BCBG, otherworldly pales, “mirrored is the new metal”, shimmer without glitz, sequin craft.


The Modern Nomad
She looks like:

A compassionate shopper like Carolyn Murphy or Donna Karan.
She is involved in the craft of the clothes that she is wearing.
Key trends & elements: prints and patterns, indigo, crochet, fringe, texture, rustic lace, ethnic artisan, vegetal tie-dye, culture merging, artisanal decorations.

Keeping with the theme of the night, Graubard left us with the strongest trends in accessories straight from the SS16 runways.

Shoe styles:
Square toe, square heel, mule, flat slipper, silver back in a big way, lizard.

Shades of white, greens, buttercups, yellow in every pallet, spice tones, hammered metals, mustard golds.

Heavy chains, sculptural handles, bucket bags, boxy shapes, lizard, iridescent.

“Work is love made visible”-Kahlil Gibran

“Fashion is self-made visible”-Mixmoda

(photo courtesy of FGI)

FGI Fashion Group International Spring/Summer 2016 Trend Forecast Event: Haute & Happening


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