As the year draws to a close, it seems that many will be reluctant to look back upon 2016 for various reasons, whether personal or political. However in the world of high street fashion, there is a lot worth remembering….
Cast your mind back to the beginning of the year and the second half of last winter, when the over the knee boot (now with their own acronym – OTK) went from aspirational styles found only at the likes of Stuart Weitzman and Russell and Bromley, to a mass-market trend. Snapped on every reality TV celeb, OTK boots have been styled with everything from a baggy tee and bare legs, to skinny jeans and chunky knits.
Moving on towards SS16, new footwear trends developed and the OTK was forgotten (not for long), with the mule taking centre stage (and our Instagram feeds!). Flat, high heeled, low heeled, casual, occasional; the backless shoe was unavoidable this year.
You got double points in summer if you styled your mules with a Bardot neckline on your top half. This elegant silhouette was favoured all season and high street retailers re-worked every garment they could, to show that sexy flash of collarbone and shoulder, including t-shirts, shirts, bodices and dresses.
This was also the year that denim jeans got a major makeover. Sometimes known as ‘Frankenstein jeans’, the denim staple was chopped and stitched to within an inch of its life. Different washes were sewn together down the centre, hems were raw and miss-matched and embroidery was everywhere. If you teamed your raw hem jeans with chunky mules AND a Bardot shirt, well done, you win at 2016 style!
Now, we come back full circle to the OTK boot, which made a major comeback as we entered winter, alongside velvet, which is a huge trend at the moment. Personally, I can’t get enough of the stuff – the textile has an undeniable feel of luxury and there’s something seasonal about velvet that means it’s practically Christmas Do uniform this party season.
I love my new velvet pieces so much that I don’t want the trend to fizzle out, and hope to see the textile on the high street for much longer, but on the other hand, I also can’t wait for SS17’s trends to hit!
– Melissa Hassan, Account Executive