Illustrating the Trends with Sean Cai

The Auckland-based illustrator draws the trends from Resort 2016 collections


The 00s | We’ve done the 50s, exhausted the 70s, revisited the 90s. Fashion’s next nostalgia trip? The Noughties in all its flashy glory, as seen at Versace for Resort 2016 with its logo placements, acid colours and lacy slips.

To the Floor | Victoriana-inspired floor-sweeping dresses with prim necklines is the romantic new style. Think fashion-nun, like the prairie dresses seen at Veronique Branquinho for Resort 2016 — where every single one of the 15 black and white dresses featured delicate lace and subtle embroidery detail.

New Vintage | The new look Gucci, under recently-appointed creative director Alessandro Michele, is multi-coloured, eccentric and unapologetically retro. He drove home this point with his Gucci Resort 2016 collection, a continuation of the new wave of granny-geek-chic.

Flamenco Style | Combine flowers, frills, flounces and lace with ruffles and it’s not hard to envisage some sort of 80s prom dress horror — but not when Erdem Moralioglu is on the job. The London-based designer references the trend for oversized ruffles for Resort 2016, tastefully balancing proportions.

Good Bad Taste | Leading the pack for converting the uncool to covetable is Miuccia Prada. Her Resort 2016 collection continued the designer’s penchant for bad taste, featuring clashing prints of bunnies, rockets and racing cars.

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