WGSN’s seven key trends to look out for at AW16 fashion week

Image: WGSN’s Catwalk app

 With New York AW16 Fashion Week underway and London on the horizon, global trend authority WGSN’s catwalks director, Lizzy Bowring, has forecasted the main looks and colour schemes that buyers should look out for on the runways this February.

WGSN’s catwalk team focuses its fashion week forecasts on the styles that will be most influential for next season’s retail, enabling designers and buyers to make commercial decisions as the shows are happening.  

New for this season, WGSN has launched its Catwalk app which allows users to explore all the latest shows as well as past collections along with expert coverage and analysis of the key runway trends. 

Lizzy Bowring commented: “As we see yet another incredibly diverse season head down the runways, I’m very excited to be able to share the experience of the catwalks and all the key takeaways with fashion lovers across the world on WGSN’s new Catwalk app.”

Lizzie Bowring’s seven AW16 trends to watch:

Dark Fantasy

The decadent and romantic Dark Fantasy look will draw its inspiration from ornate historical dress and opulent antique decoration. Expect to see dramatic voluminous silhouettes gliding down the runway, draped in lightweight sheers and long slim lace dresses, layered with full coats or nipped waist jackets. 

Soft Legacy

Echoing the minimalist aesthetic with a slight nomadic appeal, Soft Legacy is inspired by cosy and clean, comfortable and effortlessly wearable styling. Clean lines, simple cuts and a soft, slightly oversized silhouette lend easy structure and purity to this minimalist and highly feminine look.

Grunge Luxe

Characterised by its layered textures, prints and dark, bold colour schemes, Grunge Luxe finds its roots in the early 1990s movement. This gritty attitude is updated and elevated with refined heritage checks and traditional florals, creating a grownup, irreverent, tomboy aesthetic. 

Urban Street

Born out of the desire for a more relaxed and youthful silhouette, this laid back look is characterised by oversized outerwear, worn over boyfriend jeans or loose trousers to create a cool, effortless downtown vibe.

Tea at the Ritz

Society girls taking tea at the Ritz have raided their mother’s closet, irreverently mixing her occasion wear with daywear pieces. Opposites attract in layers of tulle over satin, while animal prints in oversized coats are paired with clashing prints.

Eastern Opulence

References to the Far East will pervade the collections this autumn, providing an exotic theme suffused with floating and lightweight materials. Feminine silhouettes are wrapped in the manner of sari dressing and inspired by the adventures of a “Femme Fatale” in India in the early 1900s.


The new season will indefinitely be influenced by David Bowie. Stardust, 80s glam rock and body conscious silhouettes put the fun back into fashion. Jean Paul Gaultier’s Couture collection for S/S 16 provides the backdrop this glam rock comeback.

WGSN’s Catwalk app is free to download and available for both iOS and Android.