Our Look at the Five Key Trends of Spring 2016 | Today’s Trend – The Malibu-ist



By Jonathan Huynh | Impressionist

From the salt-water waves to the bronzed babes, this Spring 2016, several designers caught the 1970’s Southern California Malibu wave that brought board-shorts, floral dresses and vibrant yet soft embellishments to the runway. These “Malibu-ist” inspired designers included Max & Lubov Azria for BCBG Max Azria as well as DSquared2’s Dean and Dan Caten who both featured vibrant designs and acidic colors to convey the bohemian beach wave.

The front-runner of the relaxed and fluid side of surf was Chloe’s, Claire Wright Keller, who focused on a refreshing and innovative reinvention of the washed-out rainbows and multicolored braided embellishments that brought an elevated fresh face to the catwalk. BCBG’s, Lubov & Max Azria, focused twisted heritage label Ocean Pacific with curved color blocked stripes mixing in gentle vibrant floral dresses, tie-dye embellished bucket hats and board shorts that brought a beachy vibe.

Tommy Hilfiger brought the sandy beaches to NYFW incorporating colorful and eclectic striped swimwear pieces and bohemian styled bucket hats to resonate the feel of paradise. DSquared2’s Dean and Dan Caten, took an upbeat tone in a techno theme if on label Body Glove that displayed bright and acidic colors through vibrant color combinations in ready-to-wear pieces and most especially in drawstring-laced shoes that resembled a surfer’s dream. They even added surf board leashes to their footwear.

The look is refreshing, fun and exuberant with soft and loud embellishment that speaks to the waves of the sun. Here is The Impression’s Third Trend of Spring 2016 season- The Malibu-ist.