maven46’s SS16 Fashion Glossary

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Words by Nicole Thomsen
February 10th, 2016

From athleisure to minimalism, bell sleeve to knee-highs, do you know what all of these terms and trends mean? You’ll be hearing a lot of them for spring so spend some time swotting up on your fashion terminology and make sure you’re always on trend (and in the know) with maven46‘s A-Z fashion glossary for SS16.

MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-a-for-athleisurephoto: From bomber jackets to leggings and trainers, welcome to SS16’s new buzzword 'athleisure'. Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone sent sports inspired looks down the runway that were not only gym worthy but street style worthy too.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-b-for-bell-sleevephoto: Let your sleeves do the talking this spring as big sleeves made big statements on the catwalks from Roksanda to Dries Van Noten. Big is beautiful!
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-c-for-chokerphoto: Forget the hard cutting tattoo style necklaces from the Nineties. In SS16 chokers are all about that luxe appeal à la Chanel with layers of pearls and extravagant jewels.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-d-for-denimphoto: Denim reinforced its role as wardrobe king for SS16 with everyone from Chloé to Marques ‘Almeida sending head-to-toe blue ensembles down the runway.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-e-for-erogenous-zonephoto: Fashion's new favourite erogenous zone is giving the cold shoulder for SS16 with off-the-shoulder necklines and cut-outs galore as seen at Erdem and Prabal Gurung. It's all about the power of suggestion with this one.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-f-for-fringingphoto: Fringing is hanging around for SS16 but it’s moving away from the Seventies and getting a modern reworking with graphic architectural versions as seen at Dion Lee and the uber glam at Givenchy.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-g-for-ginghamphoto: If gingham evokes memories of your childhood wardrobe and picnic blankets then look to Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney who showed us how to make the pattern sleek and grown up in SS16.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-h-for-herringbonephoto: If your workwear is letting you down then look to Chanel for inspiration where they proved a Herringbone suit is both office and trend appropriate.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-i-for-iridescentphoto: It's time to sparkle as sequins and metallics have never shone so bright than at the SS16 shows. Wear it head-to-toe like the Gucci girls for a show stopping look or condense it to one area for a minimal take as seen at Loewe.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-j-for-jacquardphoto: Fashion gets tactile for SS16 and nothing screams “touch me!” more than this fabric so suit up in jacquard a la Dries Van Noten and Proenza Schouler for an elaborate look.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-k-for-knee-highsphoto: Knee-highs offer the perfect way to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring. Throw on a pair and team with a floaty mini dress or with more masculine shapes such as culottes for an SS16 update.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-l-for-luxe-loungewearphoto: For SS16, Alexander Wang and Calvin Klein took loungewear out of the bedroom and turned it into daywear with slip dresses and pyjama style shirts in rich silks and satin. One of fashion’s more comfortable trends, that can carry from you coach to dinner in style.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-m-for-minimalismphoto: Less is more with this timeless trend, where clean lines and fluid silhouettes are pivotal. Look to Joseph and Dion Lee for unfussy inspiration.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-n-for-ninetiesphoto: Fashion’s favourite decade is making a swift comeback this year with chokers, slip dresses and streetwear hitting every catwalk in some shape or form. Look to Alexander Wang and DKNY to see how to make the look work in 2016.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-o-for-off-the-shoulderphoto: SS16’s favourite erogenous zone was firmly on display at every show with designers like Cushnie et Ochs and Edun leaving plenty to imagine with their off-the-shoulder looks.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-p-for-print-blockingphoto: Move on from colour-blocking, as SS16 is all about blocking your prints - all of them. Wear them head-to-toe as seen at Coach or take a more minimal approach like Victoria Beckham by breaking the prints up with blocks of white.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-q-for-quiltedphoto: Wrap up in your favourite quilt for spring like the girls at Mary Katrantzou, where dresses were delicately quilted and patterned with florals.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-r-for-romanticismphoto: Femininity is dominant for SS16 but with an altogether darker approach than expected. With Victorian vibes, florals and floating silhouettes, Alexander McQueen and Simone Rocha left dark romantic impressions for spring.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-s-for-slip-dressphoto: The Nineties staple is back with bang this season. Everyone from Alexander Wang to Victoria Beckham showed the slinky slip dress as part of their SS16 collections. Style with flats to bring the look into 2016.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-t-for-tiaraphoto: It’s time to show off your royal patronage in SS16 and if you don’t have any, fake it just like the girls at Saint Laurent who all had a tiara atop their head.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-u-for-utilitarianphoto: Taking inspiration from military clothes, this trend is all about practicality and uniformity with baggy trousers, shirtdresses and trench coats as seen at Burberry and Versace.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-v-for-victorianaphoto: Step straight into the 1800s with spring's biggest trend. Modern romance takes its inspiration from the Victorian's with high necks, ruffles and lace as seen at JW Anderson and Zimmermann.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-w-for-wearable-techphoto: Technology is no longer refined to our phones with designers like Zac Posen and Henry Holland sending tech-enabled clothing and accessories down the runway for SS16. The future of fashion is now.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-x-for-generation-xphoto: If you grew up in the Eighties you’ll either look fondly on this trend or take cover because power dressing is back for SS16 with blazers, polka dots and emphasised shoulders as seen at Topshop Unique and Balmain.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-y-for-yarnphoto: Not just for your grandmother, knitwear is cool for spring as proved by Christopher Kane and Prada where geek chic reigned.
MAVEN46-fashion-glossary-z-for-zigzagphoto: If you champion one print for spring, let it be the chevron. From Chanel to Missoni, you won't be able to resist the zigzag's graphic appeal.