Globally Inspired Spring 2016 Fashion

The Spring 2016 Fashion Reports are in!  After a few seasons of flirting with crop tops, cutouts, and variations of Retro Bohemian, it is time for a change.  And my favorite inspiration for this spring takes it’s cue from chic world travelers.  Think globally sourced prints, artisanal techniques, and patterned beadwork. These were all over this season’s runways from Gucci to Valentino to Versace. Materials are rich and sumptuous.  Crepe de chine, jacquard, luxurious silks in medallion prints, patchwork, and leather.  As to the details, the more the merrier.  Topstitching, fringe, detailed trims, and lots of intricate beading.

Incorporating the Global Trend

How to rock this new trend?  Be playful. Infuse your closet full of basics with pieces inspired by exotic locales.  Pair those work trousers with an ethnic print blouse, denim cutoffs with a beautifully beaded jacket. Or pair a simple tee and jeans with a colorful pump or sandal in a great print. But be careful not too overdue the trend. If you wear a really bold or large print, do not go overboard on anything else. If you do also want to go for ethnic jewelry, make sure it is delicate.

You only have to take a quick peek on Pinterest to see how it is done.  Below Wendy Nguyen of Wendy’s Lookbook looks sharp in a graphic romper by Ella Moss.  Gracie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie wears pants in a mixed African print pattern.

Being from the Philippines, I’m really looking forward to adding Pinoy influences into my wardrobe. Updating the traditional Filipino barong, a sheer embroidered shirt, or terno into a more fashionable look is such an intriguing concept. I love these modern takes on traditional Filipino staples.

But in the meantime, I’m loving a simple shaker knit sweater with a full graphic skirt. This skirt’s pattern reminds me of a colorful version of the ikat patterns I would see in the Filipino markets, when I was a kid. It also does a good job of balancing out my figure. I am top heavy, so I love wearing a bold graphic pattern as a bottom, with a darker color on top. This versatile skirt should also take me into the spring and summer months.

Cynthia Rowley Sweater with Exhilaration Skirt from Target and Cage Sandals from Nine West.

How to Wear a Statement Piece

Of course the most effortless way to achieve this globally inspired trend is with jewelry. Valentino showcased an African theme, while Tommy Hilfiger and Naeem Kahn had a more tribal touch.

spring_summer_2016_accessory_jewelry_trends_tribal_ethnic_jewelry2A great cuff or statement necklace can transform a wardrobe staple into a contemporary new look. As usual, Stella & Dot ‘s Spring 2016 Collection is perfectly on trend for this season.  Check out their Lookbook to see their new offerings. Blythe Harris, Senior Creative Director at Stella & Dot found inspiration in the markets of Marrakech and in the artist colony of Ubud in Bali. The collection offers a nice variety of both statement and delicate pieces.

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Stella & Dot’s Bliss Statement Necklace

Looking forward to playing with this trend.  Hope you have fun with it too.


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