SS16 NYFW Trend: Spanish Romance

Say hola to femininity, flounces and flamenco


Now that New York Fashion Week has come to an end, trends are slowly emerging. And one that was beamed quite clearly across the Oscar de la Renta, Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler collections was that Spain has been a great source of inspiration this Spring-Summer 2016.

Think fiery, crimson hues. Think bows, flounces, wraps. Also, think of that emoji of the dancing girl in the red dress.


Did you know that founder Joseph Altuzzara has a Basque family history? The 32-year-old went back to his roots and referenced the North of Spain for his SS16 collection. That resulted in Spanish stiletto espadrilles, wrapped accents that felt deliciously sexy and simple, and Spanish-inspired embroidery on natural fabrications in earthly hues for a glamorous daytime wardrobe.

Oscar de la Renta

Peter Copping’s first collection for the house of Oscar de la Renta was inspired by the late designer’s relationship with Spain. Namely Mr de la Renta’s friend Ava Gardner, who had a relationship with a matador, and one of his favourite museums, the Hispanic Society of America, which had a strong focus on bullfighting. Romantic cropped capes (inspired by a matador’s uniform), ruffles (reminiscent of the flamenco dress) and more Spanish espadrilles peppered this show.

Proenza Schouler

A collection that hit it out of the park. The designer duo said they drew from two inspirations: The banana and things that “peel away from the body”, as well as Spanish fashion vanguard Cristobal Balenciaga. The result? Dresses that will give you goosebumps – immaculately crafted asymmetrical frocks with cut-outs, pom-pom stripes, bows and flounces that are the house’s best work to date. 

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