Top fashion trends for 2016: Ruffles, glitter, boudoir dressing

Top fashion trends for 2016: Ruffles, glitter, boudoir dressing
Models present creations from the Juliana Jabour Winter 2016 collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week, Brazil, October 22, 2015.
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It's the start of the year, and also the season of clearance sales in your favourite boutiques before they roll out the new-season collections next month.

But before you get hypnotized by those big, bold, red "SALE," "Final Reduction" and "Up to 70-off" flashing beacons of impending bankruptcy, consider these as you step out and hoard the sales: You think those destroyed jeans would still look cool in 2016? Nuh-uh. Those sheer, near-naked dresses? Leave those, too, to Beyoncé in 2015.

Here's a list of top trends for 2016:

All that glitters

Lesley Mobo was on point in his collection for Red Charity Gala late last year: 2016 will be all about glitter, as seen in the Spring 2016 collections, from Lanvin to Marc Jacobs to Marni.

At the Golden Globes, Tom Ford dressed his A-list date and presenter Julianne Moore in a fully sequined midnight-blue dress. Best-actress winner Brie Larson also sparkled in custom Calvin Klein, while Olivia Wilde was in a shimmery Michael Kors. Even Bryce Dallas Howard's off-the-rack Jenny Packham dress was covered in paillettes. Kate Bosworth scintillated in a fuchsia strapless Dolce & Gabbana, as did Jenna Dewan Tatum in her Zuhair Murad.

The list goes on.

Let it slip

Lingerie will be doing double duty this year, if it were up to the houses of Givenchy, Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Celine-just a handful of designers sending out luxurious boudoir-inspired clothing for the season.

At Haider Ackermann, the final look was layered under a leather motorcycle jacket to give it a hard edge and balance out the overt sensuality of satin and lace. Ditto at Saint Laurent, where they were styled distinctly Hedi Slimane-rock 'n' roll, worn with Coachella-ready wellies.

Models in '90s-inspired negligee dresses, meanwhile, were shod in slip-on sneakers at Calvin Klein.

Ruff day

Think Jane Fonda (in Saint Laurent) and Rooney Mara (in Alexander McQueen) at the Golden Globes, two examples of ruffles slipping into new-season clothing.

There are flamenco undertones in tiered skirts at Oscar de la Renta and Kardashian favourite, Balmain. The rendering of ruffles is delicate at McQueen, where they appear as ruffs, or adorn sleeves and bodices-once again, think Mara at the Globes (who wore the finale look from the Paris collection), and Amanda Peet, who was in similar McQueen.

Cold shoulder

Not a fan of "Game of Thrones" star Natalie Dormer's Golden Globes dress? We hear you.

But the British actress was on to one of the year's big trends: clothing that shows off the shoulder. Forget the cleavage and the gams for a moment-or the toned midriffs of Kate Hudson and Brie Larson peeking from their awards-night cutout dresses; a new way to show skin is via the shoulder, and you won't be giving away too much.

Happy pastels

Pantone called it: 2016's fashion colors are a shade of pale pink dubbed Rose Quartz (think Cate Blanchett in Givenchy at the Golden Globes) and periwinkle named Serenity ("Downton Abbey" star Joanne Froggatt's Reem Acra dress, also at the Globes).

Pantone says the year's top 10 colors-which also include Peach Echo, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Lilac Gray, Iced Coffee, Green Flash, Fiesta (yellow-based red) and Limpet Shell (aqua)-are "softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation" in a "culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty." The palette, it adds, is unisex.

Sneakerheads, rejoice!

As the high-fashion houses elevate the street casual footwear, in both design and fabrication, sneakers and trainers will continue to rule in 2016, proving that its reign in the past year wasn't just a moment. Premium brands like Calvin Klein and Hermes down to your favourite athletic brands will continue to cater to the pervasive athleisure lifestyle.


They're not exactly the sexiest footwear, but like it or not, you will be seeing a lot of one of the most polarizing shoe trends there is, even from trend-setting brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

The 2016 styles are also clunkier than ever. On the upside, you'll get the height without wanting to chop off your feet after walking in them for eight hours.

En pointe

If you're after daintier footwear, go for long, pointy shapes, either on high heels or slip-on flats, which were all over the Spring runways: at Dior, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Salvatore Ferragamo, Proenza Schouler, to name a few.

Quirky totes

Bag yourself a whimsical purse for 2016, to add a little fun to even the most basic of outfits. Brands to check out: Kate Spade, Moschino, Jeremy Scott, Alice + Olivia, Betsey Johnson.

Fringe benefits

A carryover of last year's '70s trend, bags with fringe and tassel details-at Burberry Prorsum, Altuzarra and Monique Lhuillier-will continue to make a splash this year. You will be seeing them not only in earth-tone suedes, but also in multiple colors and varied fabrications, like the tweed-like styles at Tory Burch and Diane Von Furstenberg.

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