Top Trends from 2016

Yes, 2016 was a difficult year. Many artists have passed away – from David Bowie to George Michael, Prince to Leonard Cohen, Franca Sozzani to Carrie Fisher – but last year was also intense for other reasons: the intersection of streetwear and fashion has evolved in a million different ways: guys discovered the joys of grungy, rock ‘n’ roll and hip hop looks, and 2017 will surely be a continuation of that vibe.

The best thing about this mix of streetwear and high fashion is that it’s always mutating, evolving and changing direction.

These days it feels like we’re seeing tastes, aesthetics and trends change every day.

— Highsnobiety

Let’s take a look at the biggest fashion trends of 2016

Post-Soviet Fashion

London, Paris, Milan and New York are considered to be the world’s fashion capitals, but 2016’s biggest inspirations amazingly came from the former Soviet Union. Demna Gvasalia and Gosha Rubchinskiy — from Georgia and Moscow respectively — are now two of the main  rookies in the business, the one in the field of high fashion, the other in the streetwear.

The duo shares a distinct aesthetic calling back to the cultural chaos of the former USSR after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, mixing Western subcultures with Soviet-era quirks: something that is pretty far from the common “good taste”, featuring mega-oversized hoodies, shoestring belts and the socks-over-trousers combo.

Vintage Band Tees

Streetwear is having a bit of a rock ‘n’ roll phase these days. We called the trend grungewave a while back, and one side effect of the genre’s newfound love of guitar music is that vintage band tees have become a must-have for fashion, rap and streetwear types.

— Highsnobiety

All sorts of celebrities were spotted wearing throwback tees with appealing rock ‘n’ roll graphics from legendary bands as Nirvana, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer and others that they may or may not have ever listened to (Kendall Jenner listening to Slayer? Really?), just because they look sick.

As anyone who grew up listening to metal, I hated this trend. But, thank God, it’s pretty much dead already.

Tour Merch

It wasn’t just vintage band merch that rocked last year. Some of the biggest pop and rap celebs such as Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Zayn Malik and Travis Scott.

Kanye’s The Life of Pablo merch, meanwhile, took on a life of its own. TLOP pop-up stores appeared all over the globe, from South Africa to Singapore, and Yeezy fans threw their entire bank accounts at mountains of low-quality, high-price Gildan basics.

All of these merch projects looked pretty much the same, and that was kinda the point. Mega-celebrity star power and trendy motifs are a pretty unstoppable combo: Kanye boasted he made $1 million in just a day of his NYC pop-up.

— Highsnobiety

Souvenir Jackets

The souvenir jacket’s roots can be traced back to the end of World War II, as American soldiers stationed in the Pacific Theater got traditional Oriental motifs — dragons, geishas, cranes, etc. — embroidered onto the backs of satin varsity jackets to take home as a souvenir (get it?).

— Highsnobiety

The souvenir jacket came back again in rage in 2016, reinvented by brands as Stussy, Supreme and Gucci: in all cases, it is a classic piece of history of menswear, a timeless silhouette executed with lush fabrics and dope graphics.

Bomber Jackets

Technically, the bomber was the biggest trend of 2016. Google reports that the bomber jacket was the most searched-for trend of the year, with a 612% increase in searches compared to 2015.

— Highsnobiety

Obviously, the bomber jacket is a classic in every men’s and women’s wardrobe, but in 2016 it went mainstream just like a leather jacket or a good pair of jeans. The bomber jacket is here to stay.

And now, let’s never talk of 2016 again.

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