Pantone released a statement saying the color of the year 2016 is Rose Quartz and Serenity- which is related to the gender duality, a trend that is going on right now. The baby blue (serenity) stands for the boy and the pink (rose quartz) for the girl.
The Androgyny Trend
Along with those lines of pantone colors, which blurs the line between femininity and masculinity, androgyny is a major trend of 2016. Celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and Ruby Rose have really highlighted, along with their personal philosophy, the definition of what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman. The philosophical and social expectation of what it means to be a man versus a woman has shifted a lot in the current generation, and the line has blurred. As a result, the visual representation of our daily outfits has also blurred. There is no such thing as ‘Oh, that outfit is for a man!’ Or that outfit is for a woman.Your seeing a lot of cut off blazers for women being not so much lynched at the waist, but a little more longer and a little more straight. Pants are also a little more shorter, and so you could also show off your socks.
The Streetwear Trend
Another trend big in 2016 is the streetwear. It probably suits a certain type of personality. The streetwear has been making a rise in the last 2-3 years and it is extending in 2016, made popular by hip-hop artists traditionally. Streetwear gained popularity because it is easy to move around in, and you sort of feel energy wearing them. It has been featured on runways paired with sneakers, which is sort of defines the street wear. It also incorporates lots of monochrome, and lose clothing; people are transforming street-wear into work-appropriate wear as well- meaning blazers with shirts, white shirts redone, double breasted blazers redone. We are seeing more white shirts with straight lines and long fit, along with boyfriend jeans and boyfriend shirts- that goes along with the androgyny look.
Another trend we are seeing is romanticism, going back to pantone colors. The concept of romanticism came from the 19th century, and you think Jane Austen, the turn of the century where women were wearing lace and corsets. It has Spanish influences also, that is big now. Historically, the romantic era is really about heightening your emotions, highlighting the moment- whether your feeling love, yearning, anger, just accentuating the senses. That also partnered with ending the French revolution, and industrial revolution making lace more available. Romanticism puts more thought on imagination, the moment, which is the focal point of the visual representation of things. Incorporation of nature is also associated with the romanticism looks, because the concept of romanticism is usually focused on the self, so the person is usually alone. That expressed into clothing is more of delicate material, off the shoulders dresses to accentuate the erogenous zones if your neck, the bigger sleeves, Spanish poppy sleeves…
This continues to be a trend in 2016. In some way, it’s related to the romanticism trend, being a freedom of expression. It has a huge influence because a lot of people associate that with the hippie movement. With seventies, people are embracing bold colors, the shapes with bell-bottoms, flare sleeves, denim with denim, showing a bit of waist… And we are seeing that on the runway as well.