When pouring over the spring 2016 collections that have walked the runways in New York, London, Milan, and Paris (so far), one more feminine trend that's made itself apparent is oversized bow and tie tops. These tops range from girly and sugary sweet to graphic and bold, and vary in shape and size of the bow or knot. Here are my favorite bow tops from the runways, so far.
Above: look from the Delpozo spring 2016 collection
Cushnie Et Ochs
Cushnie and Ochs made the most sophisticated incarnation of the bow top on the Spring 2016 runways, perhaps because they omitted the bow altogether for a twist tie top that we all associate with oversized bows and knots. The pastel tone keeps it feminine and dainty, but the understated twist adds enough interest without going overboard.
Dell'Acqua's oversized bow top for Rochas managed to not look overwhelmingly sweet because of the vampy nature of the all-black ensemble, which makes it work. The sharp lines of the hanging pieces and angular slit skirt make this look bold and striking, finding a balance between feminity and cool.
M Missoni's jumpsuit was the greatest unexpected oversize bow use, in a piece that could either be the coolest or look like a small child's uniform; but it's Missoni, so we're sure some tastemakers and influencers are going to work it out in this piece.
Keeping in line with the Nanette Lepore brand, Lepore made the most demure kind of shoulder bow in an asymmetrical dress we can see hundreds of girls dying to get their hands on, due to it's sheer wearability and adorableness. The pinstripes give the piece of the bow hanging a tie vibe, adding a tiny bit of masculinity to an otherwise sweet and girly dress.
At Whit, Whitney Pozgay put two bow tops down the runway that made us want to attend an adorable picnic or garden party in them. By making the girly silhouette in gingham and denim, there was something old-fashioned and charming about the tops, despite their newer and trendier shape.
Leave it to Cavalli to take this idea and make it over-the-top and luxe. His version had an oversized bloom-like bow at the shoulder of another tiny top, but kept the fabric clean and white to be formalwear ready (just picture it on the red carpet with a full black skirt). Paired with over-embellished, over-distressed jeans, it's a cool-girl look almost no one can really wear.
Timo had a slightly different interpretation of the bow top, tying off the top half of a denim dress in a similarly charming manner as Pozgay of Whit. This may be the most evidently wearable incarnation of the bow top, leaving a bare cutout at the midriff to keep the dress on-trend and just a little bit sexy.