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Fashion Trend of the Year 2016

New Utility at the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Trade Shows

Fashion Trend of the Year 2016

New Utility at the Fall/Winter 2016-17 Trade Shows

In December, Trendstop revealed New Utility as its Fashion Trend of the Year 2016. Characterized by a clean, contemporary take on utility aesthetics, this inspirational trend direction combines fashion with function to produce forward looks that are practical yet well-designed. Having first identified New Utility in early 2014 using their global trend innovator analysis, the Trendstop experts can now validate the trend using directional examples from leading trade shows around the world. With New Utility currently influencing fashion, beauty, home and lifestyle products throughout the 2016 year, in this feature Trendstop readers can discover how the trend is emerging in womenswear, menswear and kidswear collections for the Fall/Winter 2016-17 season.


Utility Femme

Trendstop - Utility Femme

Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: SuperDuper, Alexa Stark, ATELJE 71, all Fall/Winter 2016-17.


Functional fashion is revamped with a femme twist in women’s ready-to-wear, as US designers experiment with luxe aesthetics. Military jackets in olive green tones stand out with tactile material mix panels, as durable boots with supple suede panels are elevated on chunky heels. Ruching also enhances femininity on casual caps.


Tech Utility

Trendstop - Tech Utility

Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: Creative Recreation, Soulive, Nixon, all Fall/Winter 2016-17.   


In menswear, we see technical materials and performance-inspired designs update utility looks. Nylon qualities with a sheen finish are key, applied to must-haves like casual camou print jackets, practical multi-strap duffle bags and padded panel boots. Tech Utility was a key trend at the Berlin Fall 2016 trade shows.


Cargo Grunge

Trendstop - Cargo Grunge

Images courtesy of Trendstop.com: Picnik, Atlanta Mocassin, Tumble ‘n’ Dry, all Fall/Winter 2016-17. 


Utility-inspired kidswear takes on a grunge dimension for fall, creating versatile styles for the little rebel. Denim is shaped into all-in-ones, while muted camou prints surface on slip-ons shoes. Textural surfaces add interest to casual shapes, such as quilted jersey bombers.


F/W 2015-16 Paris  Trade Show Overview


Trendstop’s trade show experts compile in-depth trend reports seasonally. This season we offer you a complimentary copy of our complete F/W 2015-16 Paris Trade Show Overview report.

As we focus on the newest developments in our directional analysis, this free overview is packed with exciting trends to look forward to in your F/W 2015-16 season buying, as well as giving you a preview of our trade show trend reporting.

Discover key trends and brands to watch as well as exclusive editor’s picks from the show. The report will help you plan your fall/winter buying and longer-term direction, focusing on the most up-and-coming and commercially attractive ideas emerging at the show.

Be inspired for the new season!



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