Autumn/Winter 2016's top-line fashion trends may be wildly different from each other, but they're all supercharged with one major element—creative electricity. That may sound obvious. Of course designers switch things up each and every season to offer new and exciting things, you're thinking, but there's something about the industry right now that's pushing boundaries and offering up new sartorial ground to be stomped upon.
The fashion world is in a major state of flux: The concept of see now, buy now is increasingly important (well, you don't want to wait, do you?), and many designers and super-brands are also rethinking not only how they present their collections but when and to whom.
The old-school fashion calendar or idea of the runway show is being pinched and tweaked into new forms, and this overdue disruption has sparked an inventive energy—one that results in seriously covetable clothes, whether outré and bold or honed to perfection for everyday wear, without scrimping on luxe detailing or points of difference.
Some of the most talked about labels of A/W 16 didn't even have fashion shows. Some buyers are investing heavily in menswear brands for women. Some hyped-up names create limited-edition runs only and are challenging the norm with super-high price points or controversial trends (gigantic shoulder pads, anyone?).
But all fashion editors are in agreement that now is the time to be you—take A/W 16's trends and make them your own. Mix and match if you want to. Wear them head to toe if you want to. If you've always harboured a love for dramatic costuming, now is your time. Or major purists out there who only wear white and black? That's entirely cool too. Don't be afraid to step out of the norm—individualism is seriously on trend.
#1: Surreal Stripes
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Pictured: Salvatore Ferragamo, Max Mara, Fendi
Who doesn't love stripes? But even better than your average Breton, designers have run with the linear look, combining unusual colours, different proportions and textures for a new take this season. Join the bold barcode brigade, we say.
Horizontal stripes are all well and good, but there's plenty of asymmetry, patchwork and contrasting layers going on too. We love Joseph's idea of a knitted striped scarf worn with a sweater and a cardigan—the new print clash, surely.
#2: Elevated Everyday Outfits
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Pictured: Lemaire, Jil Sander, Stella McCartney
You wouldn't exactly call this movement minimalism, but if you can imagine a time when designers are really focused on creating the kind of luxe everyday clothes that do the job simple pieces do—with the added bonus of really interesting pattern cutting, fabrications or details—you're on the right track.
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Not only are subtle statement separates key, so are accessories. We predict this neutral, colour-blocked, knotted-handle shopper from Céline will be a top choice for girls on the go. Grab and run!
Conceptual tailoring is key to this elevated everyday-wear trend for A/W 16. The more you can tie, wrap, loop, fasten and scrunch your tops, trousers, coats, jackets and trousers, the better.
#3: Big Cat Family
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Pictured: Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Dolce & Gabbana, Loewe
Cats are officially one of the most Instagrammable things ever, so is it any wonder designers have delved into the world of felines? From literal pussycat prints through to kitty jewellery and reworked classic leopard prints, there's no shortage of ideas to sink your claws into.
You can see the cat trend in action on the street style stars of fashion week here.
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Pictured: Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Gucci, Dries Van Noten
The ideas for this feline fashion moment stretch far and wide—from tiger-print velvet suits at Cavalli through the jaguar-embellished knitwear at Gucci. A key takeaway trend is also the idea of clashing snake and leopard print together—it works because they're both neutral. You could say it's purrrfect to try now…
Pictured: Moschino, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Lanvin
The 1980s was writ large across the runways of London, Milan and Paris. Power dressing is back, but the lens is predominantly focussed on eveningwear: Spiked stilettos are back in town, as are satin, ruching, oodles of gold jewellery, fishnet tights and asymmetric cuts. Leather and lace, latex and lurex—no after-dark outfit detail is left unadorned or devoid of shimmer.
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Pictured: Saint Laurent
Hedi Slimane's final show at Saint Laurent is the benchmark for '80s cocktail attire. His show was a standout of the Paris Fashion Week schedule, with many commenting it was his best to date. The exaggerated sleeves and arms, set against the teeny-tiny body-hugging silhouettes and gigantic waist-belts, played homage to the most decorative decade of the 20th century, but a more mix-and-match approach felt right for the Instagram generation of today—and of course, the rocker-chic aesthetic he owns brought further edge via punk-infused makeup.
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Pictured: Topshop Unique, Isabel Marant
If that all sounds a bit OTT for you, there were more casual day-to-day takes on '80s fashion, too. Upgrade your blazer collection with something sharp-shouldered, and wear it with that crop top you've had for years, à la Topshop Unique. Or, invest in a pair of Isabel Marant's pointed flat ankle boots—they're set to be the French designer's latest smash hit in the accessory department (as well as those totally retro loop belts).
Arriving in a shocking array of bright hues, velvet is no longer the fabric of dark, romantic, gothic evening-only clothes, but one to be mixed into the most vibrant street styler's daytime wardrobes. You'll find it used in everything from trouser suits to thigh-high boots.
Of course, despite velvet's make-under into daywear, there was plenty of it that felt just perfect for a soirée—from Haider Ackermann's pink velvet skinny pants to Erdem's stunning embroidered velvet cocktail dress. NB: Velvet is particularly good when worn with metallic accessories.
Hair loss in women at any age and for any reason is discouraging, frustrating, and sometimes even devastating. The most common type of hair loss in women is called female pattern hair loss, or FPHL. Many factors are to blame for hair loss including medical conditions, genetics, some medications, harsh scalp or hair treatments, and hormonal changes. Methods to treat this condition in women are effective in some cases, but in others medical and surgical interventions may be needed to restore hair growth.
See your doctor to rule out a medical condition. Several medical conditions can either temporarily or permanently interfere with normal hair growth and development. Some of these medical conditions include the following:
Treat the medical condition. Medical conditions can lead to either temporary or permanent problems with hair loss.
With the help of your doctor, and possibly healthcare professionals that practice in specialty areas, treating the underlying medical condition may resolve your hair loss problem.
Your doctor will need as much information as possible about your hair loss problem, so be prepared to discuss this issue in depth. Be prepared to describe when it began, any significant life events that occurred just prior to the problem, steps you have taken to resolve it, and how much distress the hair loss is causing you.
If an underlying medical condition is discovered, specialists that may be part of your treatment may include endocrinologists, dermatologists, nutritionists, and psychiatrists.
Understand how your hair grows. Many of the medical conditions listed interfere with one of the three phases of hair growth.
The anagen phase is the period when your hair is actively growing. About 85% of your hair is in the anagen, or growing phase, at any given time.
The catagen phase is a short period of time, about two weeks in durations, that allows the follicle to regenerate. Hair growth is halted during the catagen phase.
The telogen phase is considered the resting phase of hair growth, and lasts for two to four months. At the end of this phase the hair falls out. Most people normally lose about 100 hairs each day due to the hair that is in the telogen phase.
Many medical conditions encourage hair to enter the telogen phase. This may cause as many as 300 hairs to be lost each day. The medical term for excessive hair loss during this phase is telogen effluvium.
Realize that telogen effluvium is often temporary. Many medical conditions that cause hair to move into the telogen phase can be treated.
Since your hair remains in the telogen phase for several months, your hair loss may not occur immediately after the event that triggered it. This would include physical trauma and severe emotional stressors.
Review your medications with your doctor. Many medications can cause temporary hair loss.
Do not alter your medications for any reason. Talk with your doctor about your concerns. If you feel a medication is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to help by either adjusting the dose or prescribing a similar medication to take its place.
Some medications that are known to contribute to hair loss include lithium, warfarin, heparin, and levodopa.
Drugs that are classed as beta-blockers can also cause hair loss. Examples of medications in this class include propranolol, atenolol, and metoprolol.
Amphetamine derivatives can cause hair loss. Examples of amphetamine medications include amphetamine salts, most commonly recognized by the brand name Adderall®, dextroamphetamine, and lisdexamfetamine.
Chemotherapy medications, such as doxorubicin, commonly cause sudden and complete hair loss, as does radiation therapy associated with cancer treatment.
Consider the role of genetics. Having family members that developed hair loss are an indicator that you may also be susceptible.
The most common pattern of genetically-induced hair loss involves losing hair at any earlier than normal age, losing hair more quickly than normal, and an overall thinning of hair in women.
There is an incidence of about 21% of hair loss in women that is passed on genetically.
Recognize hair loss from hormonal changes. Some situations that cause fluctuations in hormones result in temporary hair loss, and others a gradual but permanent change in hair growth.
A good example of temporary hair loss is from pregnancy and childbirth.
The onset of menopause is often accompanied by a noticeable loss of hair. Menopause is part of the normal aging process, and the associated changes in hormone levels lead to a gradual thinning of hair.
Some women with hair loss at an earlier than normal age, or excessive loss, have been tested for alterations in levels of male hormones including androgens like testosterone. The results of these studies are inconclusive as to the role those hormones may play in causing hair loss in women.
Your doctor can help to determine the role of hormones in your situation by performing blood work. Severe hormonal imbalances may be treatable in some cases.
Evaluate your diet. Sudden changes in your diet, and sudden weight loss, can contribute to hair loss.
In most cases, hair loss related to nutrition or diet falls in the category of telogen effluvium, meaning it is often temporary.
Talk to your doctor or work with a nutritionist. Your doctor can perform physical exams and lab work that can provide evidence of vitamin or nutrient deficiencies.
Working with a nutritionist can help to incorporate foods into your regular diet that will correct any vitamin or nutrient deficiencies identified, and help to resolve the problem of hair loss.
Realize the changes that occur with age. The normal aging process causes follicles to gradually reduce their size.
Reduced follicle size means that the area of your scalp that supports hair roots becomes smaller, but the number of follicles are basically the same.
The overall reduction in the size of hair follicles still allows for hair to grow and develop as always, only the hairs are much finer, leading to thinning of the hair as opposed to areas of baldness.
Studies done in women that experience FPHL indicate that the normal aging process includes thinning of hair. This usually begins somewhere around age 40, with the greatest impact in women 70 years of age or older.
Try applications of products containing minoxidil. Various brand names are manufactured that contained minoxidil. The most familiar branded product is called Rogaine.®
Monixodil is available without a prescription in 2% and 5% strengths. The products are made in a topical solution or topical foam. The 2 % product is recommended for use in women
Product directions recommend applying the solution or foam no more often that twice daily.
Results show that using minoxidil helps hair to grow in about 20% to 25% of women, but stops further hair loss in most women that try the product.
Once you begin using the product, it is necessary to maintain long term use in order to continue to see the positive results. Once the product is no longer used, its effects wear off.
The most common side effects of minoxidil include scalp irritation and unwanted hair growth on areas of the face or hands. Sometimes systemic absorption can cause tachycardia, or a rapid heart rate.
Talk to your doctor about finasteride. Finasteride is the only other approved medication for the treatment of hair loss, however it is only approved for use in men.
The use of finasteride has been shown to improve hair growth and slow the process of hair loss in men, however research studies are ongoing for the use of finasteride in women.
Studies using finasteride in women are currently ongoing and are showing promising results. Your doctor may consider using finasteride, or a similar agent, depending on your individual presentation, other medications you are using, your age, and other medical conditions you may have.
The use of finasteride in women is not FDA approved, so your doctor would be prescribing this to you in a manner called off-label prescribing.
Women of child-bearing age should not even touch tablets that contain finasteride due to the documented risk of birth defects.
The most common side effects of finasteride use in men include decreased sex drive and sexual function. Other common side effects include dizziness or faintness when getting up from a seated or resting position, chills, and sweats.
Ask your doctor about other possible medications. Some drugs have secondary effects that lead to hair growth. In some cases, these medications may be appropriate for use in women to treat hair loss.
These drugs are not approved for use in treating hair loss by the FDA. Some drugs that may be helpful include spironolactone, cimetidine, other drugs that fall in the same class as finasteride, birth control pills, and ketoconazole.
While these, or similar agents, may prove helpful in treating your hair loss, they have other effects for which they are FDA approved to treat. Talk with your doctor about using these medications. Your doctor will consider your other medications and any existing medical conditions in treating your hair loss.
Consult a hair transplant surgeon. The process of transplanting hair involves removing healthy hair follicles from areas on your scalp where your hair is thick, and transplanting those into areas where the hair is thinning, or where hair loss is most evident.
This type of procedure involves removing hundreds of hair follicles and grafting them into areas where they are needed.
While hair transplant surgery is expensive, the results are very good and are permanent.
Ask your doctor about low-level light therapy. The process of low-level light therapy, or LLLT, was discovered in the 1960s and found to be helpful in promoting wound healing.
Several products are available, and approved by the FDA, that use LLLT technology. While the documented results of this form of treatment do not meet scientific measures of efficacy, many individual patients did see positive results.
The underlying mechanism of action for LLLT is not completely understood, but studies have indicated that a change occurs at the cellular level, improving hair growth in many people. More work is needed to develop products that work more efficiently.
Take vitamins and nutrients. Work with a nutritionist to establish a diet that is rich in any vitamins or nutrients you may not routinely consume, or that your doctor may have identified as deficient. Take vitamins or supplements that may provide additional doses beyond what you consume in diet.
Take products that contain omega 3 and omega 6. The use of omega 3 and omega 6 products are not approved for use in the treatment of hair loss. However, one study done in women with FPHL showed good results when they took products contain omega 3 and omega 6 for six months.
Another study done in women resulted in positive results when products containing the B vitamins and L-cysteine were taken for a four month duration.
Ask your doctor about taking melatonin. One research study done in a small group of women showed positive results in treating hair loss when melatonin was used.
The women that participated in this study showed an increase in the anagen phase of hair growth, and resulted in improvement in hair thinning.
The women in the study used a 0.1% topical solution of melatonin applied to the scalp area for six months.
This was the first clinical trial using melatonin in this manner. More research is needed to determine any risks that may be involved in using melatonin in this manner.
Consider using topical lavender. One small study showed positive results using lavender.
There is very little evidence to support the use of herbal remedies in treating hair loss, however one preliminary study showed good results when using lavender combined with other herbal oils, in treating some forms of hair loss.
Lavender should not be taken orally. Scalp or skin irritation may occur when lavender is applied topically.