In (possibly) my final round of trendspotting from the Spring 2016 collections of New York, London, Milan, and Paris (which wraps up today!), I had to spotlight the off-the-shoulder looks that lit up the runways. It seems that this cold-shouldered trend won't be going anywhere, and after a brief retirement this coming winter, will resurface for warmer weather in the spring and summer. Here are my favorite designers that tried the trend.
Above: Look from the Chloé Spring 2016 collection.
Karl Lagerfeld's beachy collection for Chloé was full of off-the-shoulder dresses that were part the luxe beach cover-up of our dreams, part bohemian streetwear. I think enough girls would die to wear these casual dresses as formalwear, let alone beachwear.
Olivier Rousteing included more structured off-the-shoulder tops and gowns in Balmain's collection, with a more structured cut that juxtaposed tiered and ruffled skirts. It would take a certain woman to pull off either of these looks, but that's nothing new for the Balmain brand.
Massimo Giorgetti's collection for MSGM was all about a skater-punk subculture, so the ruffled off-the-shoulder tops were surprisingly light and sweet in a grungier context.
Pilotto's collection was funky, feminine, and delicate all at once, and these off-the-shoulder dresses were everything you'd need to make a statement and still look sweet come springtime.
Massimiliano Giornetti gave the Ferragamo spring collection a brightness and bouyancy to counter the use of black and leather, and the shoulder-grazing ruffled dresses were beyond wearable and fun.
Talk about beachwear. This dress at Temperley London screamed "vacation" more than any other look, and the shoulderless sleeves only added to it's casual, nonchalant, but playful vibe.
Finally, Barbara Casosola made off-the-shoulder tops and dresses that didn't appear to threaten to slip down over the course of wearing them. With a tight fit and sharper lines, they're a sexy and sophisticated take on the trend.