Fashionable affairs to look forward to in 2016
The end of a sensational year of style is almost nigh, but dedicated followers of fashion have plenty of big things to look forward to in 2016. Let us whet your appetite with what's to come in both the world of clothing and catwalks in the next 12 months.
1. Alexander McQueen returning to London Fashion Week
Now this is one we're super excited about! The brand previously showed in the British capital but moved to Paris in 2001, so we're thinking 2016's show on 21 February may pay homage to the late designer Lee Alexander McQueen. It's also rumoured there's a new product launching around the time of the catwalk presentation - we can't wait to see what the big surprise is. The label joins the likes of London Fashion Week newcomers Charlotte Olympia and Marta Jakubowski, who will be presenting under Topshop's NewGen programme.
2. Gigi by Tommy Hilfiger
Model-of-the-moment Gigi Hadid has fashionistas rejoicing with this unique collaboration, launching in autumn 2016. The blonde beauty has already walked for the American designer, most recently wowing in a Caribbean-inspired bikini during New York Fashion Week in September (15), so it's no surprise their relationship has taken a step forward.
"Global ambassadorships are a bit overused and not too exciting," Hilfiger told The New York Times. "We're really doing something different. We're creating a line called Gigi by Tommy Hilfiger, using her style, her sense, her social media presence as the top supermodel in the world today."
3. Met Gala theme
After this year's (15) China: Through the Looking Glass theme, 2016 is taking a futuristic turn. Guests will dress to fit in with the Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology premise, focusing on how handmade haute couture and machine-made clothing work together in harmony. Over 100 ready-to-wear and haute couture garments will be on show, with curator Andrew Bolton explaining the distinction between the two has become blurred over time.
4. Alexander Wang's jewellery line
In March (16) the whole world will be able to get its hands on Wang's trinkets, which he debuted on his Spring 16 runway in September (15). A few key pieces include chunky, bike chain earrings and a necklace with a lock, as well as a lock cuff. They're available in his stores and online now, but will be on sites such as Net-a-Porter from next year (16). "I always wanted to do jewellery, but I never felt like I had the opportunity," he admitted to WWD. "I’ve had my hands quite full. But I really got exposed to it when I went to Balenciaga and I really enjoyed the process.”
5. Tom Ford shuns London Fashion Week
Rumours recently swirled that Tom would send models down the catwalk for London Collections: Men for autumn 16, rather than staging his usual press appointments. However, he surprised us all by announcing he will actually show at New York Fashion Week, staging ‘intimate appointments’: "As we all know, the way in which we show clothes, not only to the press, but also to the consumer, is changing,” he explained in a statement.
“Right now, I think that a certain fluidity is necessary in regards to how we communicate with the consumer. The most important thing to me with a presentation is that it communicates the message of the season and the point of view of the collection. Next season, it feels right to return to a format that is intimate and shows the detail of the clothes." Bring on February!
6. Marchesa Notte for Rent the Runway
The sister brand to Marchesa is following in the footsteps of labels such as Monique Lhuillier by teaming up with the online service for three gorgeous evening gowns, which will be available to rent or buy from January 2016. Co-designer Georgina Chapman, who works alongside Keren Craig, injected the best bits of the brand's Spring 16 line into the creations, while Keren explained to WWD they did extensive research into which of their designs were most popular.
7. Candice Huffine for River Island Plus
Candice had been fighting for the fashion industry to take notice of larger ladies for some time, and her hard work paid off when the British retailer approached her to front its new line. It'll offer everything from party wear to office attire, with Candice delighted by the step forward. "It's clear they have thought about a curvy woman's body and designed accordingly while giving her exactly what can be found on the high street at any other size," she told vogue.co.uk. "A plus-size collection doesn't need to be made totally different; it just needs to be made to fit."