Style prognosticators at the Who’s Next show reveal what’s big for fall-winter 2016–2017. (Hint: Break out your emoji jewelry!)
One of the biggest shows at Paris Market Week, Who’s Next, which ran Jan. 22–26 at the city’s Porte de Versailles exhibition center, prides itself on its comprehensive selection of French and international ready-to-wear collections. It’s a massive show—nearly 800 exhibitors—with an equally grand aesthetic. (For instance, a fashion show, pictured above and right, isn’t a simple model-on-catwalk affair. It’s a pull-out-the-stops production—part Julie Taymor, part Bill T. Jones, all set to a hypnotic David Bowie beat.)
Who’s Next also prides itself on its ahead-of-the-curve fashion forecasting—right now it’s looking to fall-winter 2016–2017—which culminates in a highly curated, almost museum-like Trends Forum. Below, the three trends pinpointed by style prognosticators Martine Leherpeur Conseil—aka what’s next, according to Who’s Next.
Pop Gamers (Ave Pacman)
How the show describes it: “Children of the pixel reinvent style digitally.”
In other words: graphic tees, pop art–inspired prints, cartoons, and majorly saturated colors.
Western Bikers (Mars Ex Machina)
“New-generation bikers and riders revisit the codes.”
Think moto jackets, fringe, and denim, denim, and more denim (extra points if it’s sun-bleached).
No Go Zoners (Deus Dyonisos)
“New mutants draw a parallel between life and rave.”
Athleisure plays a big part here—the baggier and grungier, the better. And cool kicks are a must.
If you’re looking for some jewelry inspiration to match these trends, check out the Korean brand Playnomore, which is pretty much the embodiment of Pop Gamers style. The emoji-inspired, cartoonish accessories line—think Hello Kitty meets Powerpuff Girls—drew big crowds to its colorful display at Who’s Next. The brand’s handbags were the talk of Seoul Fashion Week a few months ago.
So what do you think of the French fashion forecast? On point? Off base?
Top: photograph by Yannick Roudier; inset: photograph by Alix De Beer