There must be something in the water. Empire waistlines, ’40s-style suiting, and elegant plissé pleating were among the throwback trends to make a return this season, along with time-tested techniques like lacework, featherwork, and elaborate floral embellishments. In sharp relief to these ethereal trends was a new interest in denim, that plebeian stuff, and the appearance of supersize hoop earrings on several catwalks. Here are the top nine trends, high to low, that ruled the couture collections.
#1. The Empire Strikes Back
Empress Joséphine, Napoleon’s well-clad missus, would have had a field day with the Fall 2016 Couture collections. The stylist royal favored an empire waist in her day. Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana, and Giambattista Valli are remaking the high-waist silhouette for a modern woman.