What to expect for Spring / Summer 2016


Top trends in colour and style from the SS16

The spring might be a few months away but for many in the fashion industry it started a long time ago. During the autumn, designers were putting the finishing touches on next season’s collection, ready to showcase them on runways around the globe. The Spring/Summer 2016 catwalks featured a range of looks set to be big trends for many manufacturers.

Designs were big and bold; from ruffles and lace to technical prints and casual 90s looks – it seems like minimalism has come to its end.

We look at the catwalk trends that inspired us at Patra for this beautiful and bright season that we all look forward to.


Romantic and feminine looks made a return to the spring summer catwalk this year with names such as Alexander McQueen and Erdem showcasing English garden florals and pastel hues.

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Alina Assi (left) and Ralph Lauren (right) used florals in their SS16 collections

However, this coming season, delicate ladylike looks have been mixed with a harder edge. Florals were combined with black lace or printed on a dark background to give a new take on this traditional springtime trend.

The good news is you can have a year-round flower power in your wardrobe. With graphic florals in pale colours, set on a dark background, meaning that those summertime pieces can be worn right through the year – making the most of your wardrobe. Designers like Alina Assi used floral embroidery matched with dark tailoring, showing how well this look could work at any time of year.


Asymmetrical, graphic and vibrant stripes took over the catwalks of SS16.

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Ralph Lauren used stripes in grown-up classic styles

The classic vertical stripe is a summer trend that will never go out of fashion. Easy to wear and very forgiving on the body, this timeless style suits young and old. Make it casual with a striped shirt, worn over wide trousers, jeans or a skirt – a great day-time look. Ralph Lauren’s comfortably casual collection was full of relaxed styles in vivid stripes – a spring/summer must-have.

Roksanda took the stripy craze to a different level. Bent and misshapen vertical lines were incorporated into organza dresses, creating a vision of distorted elegance.

Lace and Chiffon

Chiffon, organza and lace added to the soft romantic mood to many SS16 collections.

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Elie Tahari (left) and Alina Assi (right) used lace and chiffon to full affect

At New York fashion week, Elie Tahari’s Spring/Summer 2016 range showed a return of classic romanticism. Floaty blouses, bows and ruffles gave his creations a ladylike whimsy.

There was also a nod to the past with pretty detailing proving popular on dresses, blouses and skirts. An easy look to recreate, with light and delicate layers, this demure style is one set to be big in the coming season.


palettesEarthy tones, such desert sand and tan, were favoured by many designers, and are set to be key colours in many of the coming season’s collections.

And the passion for floral tones was seen in an array of purple; violet, lavender and wisteria added a touch of English summertime to catwalks around the globe.

Another SS16 palette seen on the runways took its inspiration from nature, blues, such as aquamarine, cornflower and viridian featured in this season’s collections.

Victoria Beckham and Jonathan Saunders used colour to full effect. Beautifully effortless styles made to stand out by the masterful mix of colour and print – their collections were nothing but refreshing and vibrant.

These are the trends and designer names that inspired us at Patra. Of course the catwalk for Spring Summer 2016 featured many pieces that mere mortals would struggle to pull off, but what we did take away were aspects that could easily translate into easy-to-wear, everyday outfits that we know you’ll love. Reflecting the top trends, you can expect to see a mix of soft neutrals and bright vibrant shades, in lightweight fabrics that feel as good as they look.

Image credits: FashionStock, FashionFiles, Dmitry Abaza, all @ Shutterstock.com

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