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High Street Preview: Womenswear spring 16

Drapers brings you an exclusive first look at what high street retailers will be offering next season

Feminine anglaise

(Left to right) Dress; Miss Selfridge, shirt; Asos, dress; Dorothy Perkins, Karen Millen

(Left to right) Dress; Miss Selfridge, shirt; Asos, dress; Dorothy Perkins, Karen Millen

(Left to right) Dress; Miss Selfridge, shirt; Asos, dress; Dorothy Perkins, Karen Millen

At the far end of the feminine trends are broderie anglaise pastel-hued dresses and blouses. The popular embroidered fabric has been reworked for spring 16 as an airy but sturdy alternative to lace.

Summer skin

(Left to right) Hobbs, AllSaints, Monsoon

(Left to right) Hobbs, AllSaints, Monsoon

(Left to right) Hobbs, AllSaints, Monsoon

Nods to the 1970s trend extend their reach ever further, with suede remaining a firm fixture on the high street. More literal pieces inspired by the decade include patchwork items and fringed jackets, while real and fake suede can be found in simple shifts, A-line skirts and belted safari dresses.

Cold shoulders

(Left to right) River Island, House of Fraser, Oasis, Whistles

(Left to right) River Island, House of Fraser, Oasis, Whistles

(Left to right) River Island, House of Fraser, Oasis, Whistles

One of the biggest trends on the catwalks, off-the-shoulder tops and dresses are set to dominate high street retailers at all levels. Present on little black dresses, beachy boho tops and cotton basics alike, this is a trend that will be omnipresent.

Belt up

(Top to bottom) French Connection, Jigsaw, Topshop (Model) Marks & Spencer

(Top to bottom) French Connection, Jigsaw, Topshop (Model) Marks & Spencer

(Top to bottom) French Connection, Jigsaw, Topshop (Model) Marks & Spencer

Eastern influences are sweeping across separates for spring. Boxy shoulders, tie belts and wrap details are offering a twist on summer basics, across everything from chambray jackets to midi-skirts.

Slip into something

(Left to right) Marks & Spencer, River Island, Oasis

(Left to right) Marks & Spencer, River Island, Oasis

(Left to right) Marks & Spencer, River Island, Oasis

Underwear as outerwear is nothing new for the catwalk, but this season we see it filter down to the high street. Muted blush, lustrous greys and gothic blacks are key in silky fabrications, often trimmed or panelled with lace.

Keep it clean

(Left to right) Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw, Evans, Hobbs

(Left to right) Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw, Evans, Hobbs

(Left to right) Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw, Evans, Hobbs

Pared-back minimalism is something that’s been embraced by the retailers for a few seasons, but for spring 16 they’re upping the ante. Simple yet exaggerated silhouettes are key, such as wider or cropped trousers and slouchy oversized tops, with emphasis placed on simple but luxed-up fabrics in neutral tones.

Scarlet women

(Left to right) Karen Millen, Urban Outfitters, Oasis, Coast

(Left to right) Karen Millen, Urban Outfitters, Oasis, Coast

(Left to right) Karen Millen, Urban Outfitters, Oasis, Coast

A block-colour look is always a bold summer choice and this year iterations of the boldest hue of all – red – are almost ubiquitous. From scarlet to letterbox, on maxi-dresses or jumpsuits, and for office or evening, all bases are covered.

Suits do the legwork

(Left to right) Banana Republic, Whistles, River Islands

(Left to right) Banana Republic, Whistles, River Islands

(Left to right) Banana Republic, Whistles, River Islands

The traditional mannish tailored two-piece has been reworked and remixed this coming spring. For trousers, the common denominator is cropped or dramatic box flares. Tailored jackets come in a spectrum of shapes, ranging from slouchy androgyny, to waist-nipping belts and frills, and sleeveless blazers.

Bohemian bourgeois

(Left to right) Matalan, Karen Millen, River Island

(Left to right) Matalan, Karen Millen, River Island

(Left to right) Matalan, Karen Millen, River Island

Always a favourite for summer, a boho theme resonates throughout almost all the high street collections. Lightweight in linen and cottons, variations on the staple light blouse include bell sleeves, intricate top-stitching and embroidery.

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